Junior Presentations Day - 22nd October
Can't wait to celebrate our most successful juniors ever at this year's presentation day
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Senior Presentation Night - 7th October
Killarney Vale AFC would like to invite all players/officials and supporters to join them in celebrating the 2023 season at it's annual Presentation Night which will be held at Mingara on Saturday, 7th October commencing 6.30pm.
The night will honour those players and officials who have excelled throughout the season.
Tickets are $75pp and are to be purchased online prior to the night by clicking here
Dress code is formal.
Junior Positions Vacant
Killarney Vale AFC is seeking Expressions of Interest for the following positions:
Junior Football Coordinator (U15 – U17 Age Groups)
Junior Football Coordinator (U11 – U13 Age Groups)
Auskick Coordinator (U9 & Auskick Age Groups)
If you would like more information or to receive the Job Description please forward email to email@example.com
Expressions of Interest are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 29 September 2023.
Bombers Gallant in Defeat
Newcastle City continued their dominance of the AFL Hunter Central Coast Women's Black Diamond Cup competition with a 7.6.48 to 2.5.17 win over Killarney Vale at Newcastle No 1 Sportsground yesterday.
The win was the Blues seventh premiership in the eight years the competition has been in existence, whilst for the Bombers it is the third consecutive year they have been runners up.
in hot conditions, Killarney Vale got off to the perfect start with Dixie Butler kicking the first goal of the game. Best & Fairest winner, Eliza Hand was also able to kick a major in the first term to enable the Bombers to lead by 7 points at the first change.
The second quarter was an arm wrestle with Newcastle City kicking the only goal of the term with the scores all locked up at half time.
Newcastle City were able to dominate the second half kicking five goals to nil to run out 31 point winners and duly claim the premiership title.
For the Bombers, they would be disappointed not to take home the premiership after going through the Home & Away season undefeated however they should be extremely proud of their season.
Newcastle City 1.0.6; 2.2.14; 5.5.35; 7.6 (48)
Killarney Vale 2.1.13; 2.2.14; 2.2.14; 2.5.(17)
D. Butler 1, E. Hand 1
K. Kessler, E. Hand, S. Bailey, B. Wood, D. Butler, E, Squires
Match Highlights - Click Here
Full Replay - Click Here
Full Grand Final Results
Men's Black Diamond Cup
Newcastle City 12.10.82 def Terrigal Avoca 10.13.73
Women's Black Diamond Cup
Newcastle City 7.6.48 def Killarney Vale 2.5.17
Men's Black Diamond Plate
Newcastle City 9.13.67 def Terrigal Avoca 4.8.32
Women's Black Diamond Plate
Cardiff 3.8.26 def Maitland 3.0.18
Men's Black Diamond Shield
The Entrance Bateau Bay 10.11.71 def Newcastle City 7.9.51
The Path to The Grand Final
Let's check the path our Women's Black Diamond Cup side took to the Grand Final.
Rd 1 - Killarney Vale 10.7.67 def Cardiff 0.0.0 @ Adelaide St Oval
Goals: R. Davis 3, C. Barnett 2, E.Johnson 1, E. Weber 1, M. Jenkins 1, M. Wilson 1, K. Kessler 1
Best: E. Hand, E. Crookes, H. Gibbons, R. Davis, K. Kessler, B. Wood
Rd 2 - Killarney Vale 6.5.41 def Newcastle City 4.8.32 @ Newcastle No 1 Sportsground
Goals: E.Johnson 1, K. Kessler 1, B. Turner 1, M. Wilson 1, C. Barnett, M. Jenkins
Best: J. Rivers, E. Crookes, A. Page, S. Edwards, S. Bailey, B. Turner
Rd 3 - Killarney Vale 22.19.151 def Lake Macquarie 1.0.6 @ Adelaide St Oval
Goals: M. Wilson 7, C. Barnett 5, E. Johnson 4, B. Turner 2, E. Hand 1, K. Kessler 1, T. White 1, E. Weber 1
Best: S. Edwards, A. Page, M. Wilson, J. Rivers, E. Crookes, C. Barnett
Rd 4 - Bye
Rd 5 - Killarney Vale 6.13.49 def Singleton 1.3.9 @ Rose Point Park
Goals: H. Gibbons 2, M. Wilson 2, K. Kessler 1, L. Watson 1,
Best: C. Judge, L. Watson, H. Gibbons, A. Page, K. Kessler, D. Butler
Rd 6 - Killarney Vale 10.11.71 def Terrigal Avoca 2.1.13 @ Adelaide St Oval
Goals: M. Wilson 4, E. Johnson 2, B. Wood 1, H. Gibbons 1, K. Kessler 1, B. Turner 1
Best: J. Rivers, E. Crookes, A. Page, E. Hand, D. Butler, S. Bailey
Rd 7 - Killarney Vale 11.12.78 def Warners Bay 0.0.0 @ Feighan Oval
Goals: M. Wilson 2, S. Edwards 2, S. Bailey 2, E. Johnson 1, B. Wood 1, H. Gibbons 1, K. Kessler 1, J. Bender 1
Best: K. Kessler, B. Wood, S. Edwards, M. Wilson, S. Bailey, E. Squires
Rd 8 - Killarney Vale 5.8.38 def Cardiff 1.6.12 @ Pasterfield Sports Complex
Goals: M. Wilson 1, E. Johnson 1, M. Jenkins 1, K. Kessler 1, B. Turner 1
Best: E. Johnson, A. Page, E. Crookes, K. Kessler, S. Edwards, K. Douglas
Rd 9 - Bye
Rd 10 - Killarney Vale def Warners Bay - Forfeit
Rd 11 - Killarney Vale 6.5.41 def Newcastle City 4.3.27 @ Adelaide St Oval
Goals: M. Wilson 2, M. Jenkins 1, H. Page 1, E. Johnson1, S. Woolford 1
Best: K. Kessler, E. Crookes, B. Wood, D. Butler, M. Wilson, B. Turner
Rd 12 - Killarney Vale 15.16.106 def Lake Macquarie 0.0.0 @ Tulkaba Oval
Goals: M. Wilson 5, E. Johnson 2, M. Jenkins 2, D. Butler 1, E. Hand 1, S. Bailey 1, A. Page 1, C. Barnett 1, I. Austen-Bailey
Best: A. Page, K. Douglas, K. Kessler, E. Hand, I. Austen-Barratt, J. Bender
Rd 13 - Bye
Rd 14 - Killarney Vale 4.7.31 def Cardiff 3.7.25 @ Pasterfield Sports Complex
Goals: M. Wilson 1, E. Johnson 1, R. Davis 1, B. Turner 1
Best: E. Hand, C. Barnett, B. Wood, T. White, E. Crookes, L. Watson
Rd 15 - Killarney Vale 4.11.35 def Singleton 2.2.14 @ Adelaide St Oval
Goals: M. Wilson 3, M. Jenkins 1
Best: B. Wood, C. Barnett, S. Bailey, E. Crookes, M. Jenkins, M. Wilson
Rd 16 - Killarney Vale 8.9.57 def Terrigal Avoca 1.6.12 @ Hylton Moore Oval
Goals: B. Turner 2, E. Johnson 2, M. Wilson 1, M. Jenkins 1, B. Wood 1, K. Kessler 1,
Best: K. Kessler, B. Wood, L. Watson, A. Page, E. Hand, M. Jenkins
Rd 17 - Killarney Vale 7.3.45 def Newcastle City 2.4.16 @ Adelaide St Oval
Goals: B. Turner 3, M. Wilson 2, J. Bender 1, S. Woolford 1
Best: E. hand, B. Turner, K. Kessler, H. Page, C. Judge, A. Page
Rd 18 - Killarney Vale 20.19.139 def Warners Bay 0.0.0 @ Adelaide St Oval
Goals: M. Wilson 5, M. Jenkins 3, E. Johnson 2, H. Page 2, S,. Bailey 2, B. Turner 2, A. Page1, K. Kessler 1, E. Crookes 1, H. Bryson 1
Best: M. Jenkins, M. Wilson, J. Bender, H. Page, A. Page, B. Turner
2nd Semi Final - Killarney Vale 1.1.7 def by Newcastle City 4.2.26 @ Adelaide St Oval
Goals: B. Turner 1
Best: K. Kessler, E. Crookes, E. Hand, B. Turner, H. Gibbons, L. Watson
Preliminary Final - Killarney Vale 5.13.43 def Cardiff 2.3.15 @ Newcastle No 1 Sportsground
Goals: H. Gibbons 2, M. Jenkins 1, D. Butler 1, K. Kessler 1
Best: H. Gibbons, B. Turner, A. Page, E. Hand, B. Wood, C. Judge
Grand Final - Killarney Vale vs Newcastle City @ Newcastle No 1 Sportsground
Meet the Grand Finalists
At 12.30pm on Saturday, Killarney Vale will be looking to make history by claiming their first AFL Hunter Central Coast Women's Black Diamond Cup Premiership. Lets meet the players:
1. Dixie Butler
First year back after a 3 year lay off. Hard at the football and great game sense. Ultimate team player.
2. Sasha Edwards
Midfielder who has elite hands and always hits targets by foot. Not scared of a contest and loves to fly for a mark.
3. Bethany Wood (c)
The Captain, The Leader! Never stops and is a clearance beast! Immensely under-rated. Steps up in the big games!
4. Eliza Johnson
Forward who definitely knows where the goals are. Has kicked some impossible goals in 2023. Has good pace and needs to be marked up.
7. Eliza Hand
Crowned League B&F winner 2023! Will ruck most of the day. Never quits and is never out of the contest!
9. Jasmin Rivers
Inside Mid Bull. Ferocious tackler with speed and endurance. Only her second year and has taken to game like a duck to water.
10. Holly Gibbons
Has complimented the KV midfield perfectly after arriving from Wyong. Reads the game well and can kick a goal.
11. Hannah Page
Can take a great grab & text book kick. Hard to to stop if up and about early. Will look to set the tone early at CHF.
12. Skye Bailey
The full back, has been the standout in that position all year. Great kick on both sides of the body and can sneak forward a kick a goal.
13. Kristen Kessler
In career best form with elite speed and endurance. Kicked a goal 7 games in a row as mid.
15. Lucinda Watson
Youngest player on the field for KV.. But is a super talent with clean hands and a deft kick.
16. Rochelle Davis
New to KV in 23’ via Wyong. A hard at player with a booming kick. Kicked a freakish game winner against Cardiff earlier in the year. Can she do it again?
17. Brooke Turner
The smiling assassin. Another of the 17s brigade who was BOG in their GF. Silky skills, a great step and lay bone rattling tackles.
19. Ashleigh Page
Inside Mid who never gives up and is a great decision maker. Has the ability to play forward and kick a bag.
22. Courtney Barnett
Utility player who plays back and forward. Reads the play well and is a solid mark.
23. Megan Jenkins
Positional switch in 23’ now playing forward. Provides great options for the mids to kick and backs it up with pressure defensively.
25. Taya White
Super talent with maturity beyond her years. Has great composure and great mark overhead. Can play anywhere on the field.
26. Jazmyn Bender
Forward who provides plenty of value. Gets front and centre, great defensive pressure and sneaks plenty of goals.
30. Mia Wilson
Crowned leading goal kicker! Booming left foot, great over head mark and a punishing tackler. If she kicks multiple goals it’ll go along way to a KV win.
31. Ivy Austen-Barratt
Raw talent who plays backs with a soccer background. Plenty of speed to burn and a nice long kick.
32. Emily Crookes
Better known as Ribs. Has been a staple of the comp for many years. Reads the play and provides attacking options from half back with speed and a long kick
36. Casey Judge
First year player who has cemented her spot in the backs during the year. Played forward in the prelim with aplomb.
41. Holly Bryson
Still a KV junior. Holly has exceeded expectations in 23’ a reliable back with a big kick and can run all day.
42. Kelly Douglas
Has worked her way into the Cup side after dominating in the plate comp in the 1st half of season. Unbelievably quick.
46. Zoe Naylor
Unassuming but ever reliable. Likely to play in defence but can play mids. Another baby bomber making her mark in the seniors.
59. Emerson Squires
As tough as they come! Has a real physical presence despite her age. Works hard, can tackle and a beautiful kick.
63. Sarah Woolford
Livewire forward and mid. Super quick and and finds the goals. Still a KV junior with a stack of potential.
Coaches - Michael Smith and Sean Mitchell
Both passionate coaches with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Will have the girls primed for the big day.
Lloyd to Play his 100th AFL Game on Saturday
Former Killarney Vale star, Daniel Lloyd will reach a significant AFL milestone on Saturday when he runs out for his 100th AFL game for the GWS Giants when they take on Port Adelaide in the Semi Final at Adelaide St Oval.
Lloyd, who announced his retirement last month, was drafted with pick 26 in the 2015 rookie draft as a 23 year old. He made his AFL debut in Round 8 of the 2017 season against Collingwood and has been a consistent performer ever since playing in excess of 11 games every season since, including 21 games this year.
Lloyd played in the Giants 2019 Grand Final and also celebrated a NEAFL premiership with the Giants Reserve Grade side in 2016.
Fox Sports described Lloyd following his performance in last weeks win over St Kilda, "he always puts himself in the right positions. Will be sorely missed next year"
We wish Lloydy all the best for Saturday and his quest for the Holy Grail to finish of a fantastic career.
Drafted in 2015 with Rookie pick # 26
AFL debut - Rd 8 2017 vs Collingwood
Games Played - 99
Goals Kicked - 74
Hand Claims League Best & Fairest Award
Killarney Vale follower Eliza Hand has been awarded the AFL Hunter Central Coast Women's Black Diamond Cup Best & Fairest award at the leagues Presentation Night last night.
Hand won the award by three votes from Newcastle City's, Sarah Halverson with fellow Newcastle City player Caitlin Holcombe a futher three votes away. Hand had a very consistent year which was demonstrated by the fact that she polled votes in nine matches including four best on ground on her way to 21 votes.
In the Men's Black Diamond Cup competition star midfielder, Damien Hector fell just one vote short from making in back-to-back Elliott Davey Medals for Killarney Vale. Hector only polled in four matches however they were all Best on Ground performances to leave him on 12 votes. The winner was Newcastle City captain Mitch Crawford who won the award with 13 votes.
In another fine performance Kelly Douglas finished third in the Women's Black Diamond Plate Best & Fairest Award.
Club favourite, Micheal Smith was a popular winner of the James J Arnold Award as Club Person of the Year, a result he in his own words said "about time".
Bethany Wood was named Captian of the Women's Black Diamond Cup Team of the Year (the remainder of the team will be announced via social media), Mia Wilson won the Leading Goalkicker Award for the Women's Black Diamond Cup competition whilst the club also won the Club Administration Award.
Men's Black Diamond Cup Votegetters
12 - Damien Hector (R/up)
8 - Jye Boby, Nathan Smith
6 - Ryan Arthurs
5 - Josh Mifsud
3 - Logan Mahalm, Rick White, Tom Mumford, Tristan Barnett
2 - Brendan Lewis, James Rigas
1 - Alex Remy, Tim Hanly, Tom Castelnuovo
Women's Black Diamond Cup Votegetters
21 - Eliza Hand (Winner)
6 - Bethany Wood, Jasmin Rivers, Mia Wilson
5 - Emily Crookes
4 - Ash Page
3 - Brooke Turner, Hannah Page, Holly Gibbons, Kristen Kessler, Megan Jenkins, Sasha Edwards
2 - Eliza Johnson
1 - Courtney Barnett
Bombers Women Through to Grand Final
Killarney Vale are through to the AFL Hunter Central Coast Women's Black Diamond Cup Grand Final after defeating Cardiff by 28 points today at Newcastle No1 Sportsground, 5.13.43 to 2.3.15.
The Bombers will meet Newcastle City in the decider next Saturday in a rematch of last years Grand Final.
Similar to last week Killarney Vale got off to a shaky start allowing Cardiff to kick a goal inside the opening five minutes of the Preliminary Final, however the Bombers were not to be deterred and a goal to Holly Gibbons after brilliant roving work saw them lead by just one point at the first change.
The second quarter was where the Bombers took control of the game with the ball camped inside Killarney Vale's forward fifty they were able to register two goals for the quarter courtesy of Megan Jenkins and Dixie Butler which saw Killarney Vale take a 16 point lead into the main break.
Cardiff knew they had to win the third quarter to get back into the match however this was going to be made even more difficult after Kristen Kessler marked and goaled inside the first three minutes of the term. Cardiff were able to match them with a goal for the quarter and the margin at the last change was still 18 points.
The final quarter saw the Bombers again dominate but frittered away their opportunities with poor kicking for goal with Holly Gibbons, capping of a great game with her second goal, being the only goal kicked from seven scoring shots. The defence was also on song keeping Cardiff scoreless for the term to make the final margin 28 points.
Gibbons was outstanding for the Bombers with excellent support coming from skipper Bethany Wood, Eliza Hand, Krsten Kessler, Ash Page and Emily Crookes whilst Casey Judge and Brooke Turner played their roles to perfection.
The Grand Final will be played next Saturday at Newcastle No 1 Sportsground commencing at 12.30pm
Killarney Vale 1.2.8; 3.5.23; 4.7.31; 5.13 (43)
Cardiff 1.1.7; 1.1. 7; 2.3.15; 2. 3 (15)
Goalkickers; Holly Gibbons 2, Dixie Butler 1, Megan Jenkins 1, Kristen Kessler 1
Best Players: Holly Gibbons, Bethany Wood, Eliza Hand, Kristen Kessler, Ash Page, Emily Crookes
Venue: Newcastle No 1 Sportsground
Click here for match highlights
Click here for full replay
Click here to see the girls sing the song after the victory
JUNIOR BOMBERS SHINE ON GRAND FINAL DAY
It was a Black & Red Day at Hylton Moore Oval with Killarney Vale taking home four premierships through U11 Red Boys, U11 Youth Girls, U13 Boys and U17 Youth Girls all taking home the Premiership Trophy.
The U11 Boys Balck side finished runner up to their fellow red side in what was a high quality, high scoring match.
The U15 Boys joint venture side between Killarney Vale & Wyong were involved in a titanic battle all day before eventually going down to The Entrance Bateau Bay by 6 points.
Congratulations to all teams who participated in not only the Grand Finals but all competitions and also to Terrigal Avoca who did a fantastic job hosting the day.
The matches are being livestreamed and you can watch a replay by clicking on the below link:
Under 11's Boys Black -
Zander Boake, Asha David. Dane Horne. Charlton Fewings, Hayden Gray, Levi McRobbie. Peter Harvey, Caleb Archer, Marley Brown, Sonbi Gordine, Levi Fisher, Emerson Tutaki, Max Renda, Michael Noone, Oscar Tebbs, Nate Lewis, Deacon Pettit, Kruze French, Justin Bush, Rodney McRobbie (Coach)
Under 11 Boys Red
Thomas Diaz, Oliver Scroogie, William Sugui, Taj Parker, Aiden Jichi, Kade Davidson, Levi Collins, Patrick Thornton, Braxton Pencheff, Liam Jichi, Hugh Alexander, Deacon McNally, Cooper Daley, Parker Davies, Isaac Collis, Rafael Lamond Chafe, Charlie Pidgeon, Sebastian Mansour, Juston Daley (Coach)
U11 Youth Girls
Polly Dingle, Olivia Stanton, Adelaide Kelly, Stella Goodway, Zahli Davies, Milla Stewart, Georgine Trampnau, Jedda Webb, Rosie Jones, Faith Booth, Summer Robertson, Aurora Nigro, Charlotte Baker, Laila Webb, Ben Tram[nau (Coach), Luke Kelly (Asst Coach)
Flynn Shackleton, Axie Lennon, Hunter Preston, Bronson Webb, Cooper Bandy, Oliver Cutugno, Beau Weeks, Angus Lennon, Javier Cama, Jett Nichols, Corbin Lennon, Zane Lennon, Ace McAlister, Beau Hobbs, Eli Laing, Jacob Hey, Jackson McConaghy, Talen Dacey, Jamews Thornton, Kruz Dickinson, Slater McLeish, Owen Wiggins, Kaden Rowe, Corey Shackleton (Coach), Jay Bandy (Asst Coach)
U15 Boys - Joint Venture Killarney Vale & Wyong
Isaac Lear, Mason Carter, Harvey Demir, Ethan West, Nash Clark, Cooper Lott, Declan Newport, Jona Demir, Max Pidgeon, Kylan Flood, Brady MacKay, Phoenix Jones, Callum Sneddon, Joseph Hey, Thomas Collins, Brayden Evans, Killian Byrne, Khidyn Tutaki, Nate McLaren, Hayden Raveneau, Wil McTaggart, Ryan Collie, Vegas Tahuparae, Lincoln Higgins, Clay Partelle, John Pidgeon (Coach), Jamie Lott (Asst Coach)
U17 Youth Girls
Lucinda Watson, Harper Eriksson, Kiarra Hofbauer, Emmerson Squires, Samantha Milton, Holly Bryson, Kiara West, Charlotte Spindler, Sophie Tonks, Eva Murphy, Zoe Naylor, Arjah Long, Ellie Weber, Leah Murphy, Kayal Adam-Heron, Evie Gordine, Sarah Woolford, Brooke Turner, Taya White, Nyrah Willemse, Chloe Howlett-Fretwell, Hayley Innes, Imogen Gray, Isabelle Lalor, Elilie Flack, Gracie Durick, Sam Woolford (Coach), Cassie White (Asst Coach), Scott Gray (asst Coach)
Juniors Celebrate Games Milestones in Finals
Killarney Vale would like to congratulate the following players who celebrated junior games milestones throughout the finals; Joey Hoey - 100 Games; Charlie Pidgeon, Sarah Woolford & Sophie Watson - 50 Games
Well done to all on a fantastic achievement.
Disappointing Day for Bombers Seniors
It was a disappointing day for the Bombers senior teams in AFL Hunter Central Coast Semi Finals last Saturday with all three teams suffering defeats.
The Men's Black Diamond Cup side missing Rick White and Josh Mifsud were no match for a slick Cardiff side at Newcastle No 1 Sportsground going down by 67 points and as such the defence of their premiership is over.
The Women's Black Diamond Cup side entered their 2nd Semi Final clash with defending premiers Newcastle City on the back of a 15/0 win/loss ratio however they were never able to claw back an early two goal advantage Newcastle City established, eventually losing by 19 points. The girls will now have to regroup and rise to the challenge of Cardiff in this weeks Preliminary Final at Newcastle No 1 Sportsground.
Having only just scraped into the finals courtesy of a last round win, the Men's Black Diamond Plate side were expected to be no match for arch rivals Wyong at Adelaide St Oval. The side however put in arguably their best performance all season pushing the Magpies all the way and were still in the match deep into the final quarter before a couple of late goals blew the final margin out to 41 points.
Lloyd Calls Time on AFL Career
Killarney Vale's favourite son, Daniel Lloyd has announced has retirement from AFL football at the end of the season.
After being rookie listed prior to the 2016 season, Lloydy has played 97 games for the Giants and kicked 72 goals over his 8 year career. With a bit of luck the Giants can make it through to the second week of the finals he can reach the 100 game milestone which is a fantastic achievement.
Killarney President, Paul Forster echoed the clubs thoughts:
Everyone at Bomberland would like to congratulate Daniel on his wonderful AFL career and the Killarney Vale AFC family are extremely proud of you, Lloydy. From KV Bombers Junior to GWS Giant. You have been a wonderful role model for our Juniors and someone they all look up to. To the Echoes of ""Lloydyyy" one of our Bombers best. #4eva38
Click here to watch Lloydy's highlights
Click here to listen to his retirement speech
Bombers Representing Australia at Oztag
Congratulations to Taya White and Holly Gibbons as well as former Bombers Holly Buchanan, Erin Watson, Sian George and superboot Ange Jones all playing Oztag for Australia in the recentlt completed World Cup in Ireland. All superb Athletes!
Bombers Continue to Lead the Way in Junior Growth
Killarney Vale has once again cemented itself as the number 1 club for Junior participation on the Central Coast.
Not without its challenges our club is extremely proud of the Culture we continue to build within our Junior program and would like to thank all our Junior Volunteers, families, and most importantly our kids for making us the Number 1 Aussie Rules Club on the Central Coast.
Culture Breeds Success. #ONEBIGBOMBER