City seal glory in unblemished season ON SONG: Newcastle City celebrate a goal in their championship win on Saturday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
Sarah Halvorsen goes on the attack for Newcastle City in their grand final win on Saturday.
Nelson Bay and Nelson Bay trade blows in the women’s Black Diamond AFL grand final.
City’s Ellie Starkey. kicks the ball.
Best on Ground for the grand final was City’s Erin White, with the ball.
City’s Taylah Smith has a kick on goal.
Nelson Bay v Newcastle City in the women’s Black Diamond AFL grand final at No.1 Sportsground.
Nelson Bay v Newcastle City in the women’s Black Diamond AFL grand final.
City’s Madeline Smith kicks the ball.
Newcastle City celebrate their championship win over Nelson Bay.
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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappNewcastle City capped a perfect season by overpowering defending champions Nelson Bay 10.11 (71) to 1.6 (12) in the Women’s Black Diamond Cup AFL grand final at No.1 Sportsground on Saturday.
It was the third time in as many years since the competition started that the two sides traded blows in the championship decider.
City captured the inaugural crown before the Marlins staged a stunning fightback to win in 2016.
But the Blues were always in control on the scoreboard on Saturday.
It took several minutes before Newcastle City captain Audrey Gillingham kicked the first goal of the game. Nelson Bay skipperLisa Steane responded directly but it was to be the Marlins’ only six-pointer of the game.
The Blues led 3.2 (20) to 1.4 (10) at the first break, 6.5 (41) to 1.6 (12) after a damaging second period then 7.10 (52) to 1.6 (12) heading into the last quarter.
Taylah Smith, Sarah Halvorsen andAshlee Hayllar all scored two goals for City. Tayla Braithwaite, Paige Mathewson and Meaghan MacDonald were the other scorers.
The win came six days after Halvorsen, Braithwaite and City teammate Jamee Ellis played key roles in Merewether clinching the Herald Women’s Premier League title.
Best on Ground was City’s Erin White.
City coach Nathan Wilmott was “super proud” of his charges.
“The first quarter was really tight so I said to the girls at quarter time, ‘Are we happy with how we played?’,” Wilmott said.
“They all said no, so they went out in the second quarter and they scored three goals, two again but held them to two points and they didn’t score again.
“They are a great bunch of girls, who have been a pleasure to coach this year.”
Nelson Bay player-coach Lauren Cooper was disappointed but said the game was“well-fought”.
“I don’t think the scoreboard reflected how we played, we just didn’t convert enough goals,” Cooper said.
“But the pressure was that hard and their sweepers in their back line were just getting it straight out, so credit to them for that.”