No1 Sportsground closed Friday 5th August

Due to the closure of No1 Sportsground, tonight’s fixtures have been moved to Sunday 7th August at Feighan Oval Warners Bay. Times as follows:

Under 13 – Newcastle City Sky Blue V Warners Bay 10.00am
Under 15 – Newcastle City White V Maitland 11.20am

Please keep an eye on Facebook & Website for any other changes over the weekend.

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Wallsend District Swans Football Club leap to unique experience with GWS GIANTS

TLA-GWS-Foxtelrewards-160727-PaulMcMillan-37The Wallsend District Swans Football Club are celebrating after winning an exclusive coaching experience with the GWS GIANTS Football Club thanks to the FOX FOOTY Club Rewards program.
The Swans, who host teams in the Hunter Junior AFL competition, today visited the GWS GIANTS Learning Life Centre training facilities for an experience hosted by the GIANTS head coach, Leon Cameron, and his coaching staff.
The experience saw two club representatives from the Swans hosted by Cameron and senior assistant coach, Alan McConnell, for a tour of the facilities and informative coaching seminar.
Wallsend carry out their mission of being an inclusive and community-orientated club by actively encouraging and teaching the game of Australian Rules Football to the children and families of the western Newcastle Area.
The club supports and sponsors several local indigenous players as well as players who come from the lower socio-economic areas to encourage them to focus on themselves, meanwhile teaching them the benefits of team work, health, fitness and friendship.
National Ambassador for the program and former St Kilda Football Club captain, Danny Frawley, said the program, in its second year of running, continues to reward local clubs with opportunities to learn from the AFL’s elite personnel.
“Local sporting clubs are at the heart of local communities all over Australia and it is fantastic to have organisation such as Foxtel continue to invest at the level where it all begins for so many our AFL players. Hopefully the experiences they undertake as part of the program ensures they continue to grow and develop as a football club and as a strong hold presence in their local community,” Frawley said.
GWS GIANTS head coach, Leon Cameron, who began his football career at a grassroots level with the South Warnambool Football Club in the Hampden Football League, said local football clubs are the backbone of the community.
“Grassroots clubs have an enormous role to play for their local town and its members, so we’re delighted to help reward the Wallsend District Swans Football Club for their community support,” Cameron said.
“By giving them behind the scenes access of a professional AFL club’ coaching staff, the aim will be to have these visiting clubs go away with an understanding of the levels of professionalism, education into the latest analysis that goes into the game and insight into the culture that shapes an elite club environment.”
Wallsend District Swans representative, Darren Bird, said the club was delighted to be recognised by the FOX FOOTY Club Rewards program for carrying out their on-field and off-field visions as a club.
“Our club is ecstatic to have been recognised by the FOX FOOTY Club Rewards program and we’re looking forward to the whole experience with the GIANTS. For us, it is testimony to a number of hard working club members who strive to create a community focused and inclusive club,” Bird said.
The FOX FOOTY Club Rewards program has so far rewarded over 60 local football clubs with the chance to hear from an elite AFL club’s coaching panel, visit an AFL club’s training facilities or experience an AFL club’s inner sanctum on match day.
Foxtel Director of Sports Marketing, Chantal Walker, said Foxtel was pleased to continue a partnership with the AFL Coaches Association and FOX FOOTY to deliver to the grassroots clubs for their ongoing work to contribute to their community.
“It is important to recognise the football clubs that put activities or programs in place to say thank you to their local communities who support them at a grassroots level. We hope that these experiences will provide the clubs with a significant benefit to continue to their great work,” said Walker.
For more information on the FOX FOOTY Club Rewards program, visit

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Hunter Junior AFL Finals Information

The Hunter Junior AFL Finals series will be played over three weekends commencing on Friday August 19th & Sunday August 21st, with the Grand Final to be played on Sunday September 3rd.

Venues for finals matches are:
Friday August 19th – Burwell Oval, Nelson Bay
Sunday August 21st – Weereman Field, Muswellbrook & Rose Point Park, Singleton
Sunday August 28th – Burwell Oval, Nelson Bay & Max McMahon Oval, Rutherford
Sunday September 4th – No1 Sportsground, Newcastle West
Match times & venue allocations will be confirmed following the final round of the regular season

The following will apply for finals:
Under 11 & Under 13 – A six team final series will be played

Week 1 –
(A) 3v6 (B) 4v5
Week 2 –
(D) 1 v lowest ranked winner of (A) and (B)
(E) 2 v highest ranked winner of (B) and (C)
Week 3 –
Winner D v Winner E

Under 15, Under 17 & Youth Girls – A four team final series will be played
Week 1 –
(A) 1v2 (B) 3v4
Week 2 –
(C) Loser A v Winner B
Week 3 –
Winner A v Winner C

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Damon Rowett to represent NSW in AFL Inclusion Carnival

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DRowettCardiff youngster, Damon Rowett has been selected to represent NSW at the AFL Inclusion Carnival which will be held in Melbourne, 8-15 August 2016.

The AFL National Inclusion Carnival is a week-long competition for footballers with an intellectual disability aged 16 years and over to compete for their State in a National Championships. The States/Teams competing in 2016 haven’t been confirmed as yet, but may include South Australia, Victoria Metro, Victoria Country, New South Wales, Queensland, and Tasmania. 

16 year old, Rowett is in his first year of senior football playing for the Cardiff Hawks 1st Division side after progressing from the junior club where he commenced playing as a 9 year old. 

Damon was selected in the squad after trials were held last Saturday at the GWS Giants training facility at Homebush, which was extremely well attended which made competition for spots very intense. 

Damon’s’s father, Peter paid tribute to the Cardiff Hawks for his son’s selection and also believes NSW will field a strong side. 

“Due to the incredible coaching and support Damon has received over the years at Cardiff Hawks, he was able to display a wide range of football skills at the trials which earned him selection in the team” Peter said.

“Another trial was set for last Sunday for players from the Riverina district, and with the background of footy from that region NSW should be able to put together a highly competitive team” he added.

Along with playing in the carnival, teams will also get the opportunity to attend two AFL matches and have the opportunity to play McDonald’s AFL 9s on the hallowed turf of the MCG.  Players may also have the opportunity to participate in AFL clinics with schools around Melbourne.

This opportunity for Damon to compete in a national AFL competition came about due to his participation in an “All Abilities” cricket team which is associated with Hunter Valley Special Olympics. Both these organisations offer pathways for athletes with special needs to compete on a national and international stage in their chosen sports.

Peter is pleased that Damon has the opportunity to represent at his chosen sports. 

“We are extremely grateful that the AFL has recognised a place for athletes like Damon to be able to compete on a national level in our great game. As I mentioned earlier, Victoria has two teams in this year’s carnival, and who knows, maybe in the future we might see a NSW Metro and a NSW Country team in the AFL Inclusion Carnival” Peter said.

“Whatever happens, this is a great thing for the Newcastle and Central Coast competitions and I believe there is an opportunity now to consider where and how we can continue to foster the inclusion of players with varying abilities into our game” he added.

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Representative Season Overview

As our junior representative season drew to a close last Sunday at the Hunter Invitational Shield, it would be remiss of me not to thank, and also congratulate, all of the players, officials and parents involved in our junior representative teams, over the Challenge Cup, Northern NSW Carnival, and Hunter Invitational Shield.

The standard of football in our region has increased dramatically, and this has been pointed out to me by numerous people across Northern NSW over the past few days.

The Hunter continued their long Challenge Cup winning streak on the June long weekend, winning all 5 games at Hylton Moore Oval.

At last week’s Northern NSW Carnival at Bateau Bay, both the Hunter and Central Coast fared well in all age groups, with the Hunter going through undefeated in the Under 13’s, Under 15’s and Under 17’s, whilst the Central Coast won all games in the Youth Girls.

Finally, some brilliant Under 12 footy was played at Sunday’s Hunter Invitational Shield at Feighan Oval, where the Central Coast reversed their Challenge Cup defeat, to go through this carnival undefeated.

Most impressive though, was the way that our teams played the game, and the style of football that the coaches instilled. Well done to all, and thanks for your support of our 2016 Representative Football Program.

Simon Smyth
Regional Manager – Northern NSW

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Under 12 Hunter Invitational Information

Sunday 10th July will see the Hunter Invitational being held at Feighan Oval, Warners Bay for our Under 12 Representative Teams representing Hunter, Central Coast, Sydney North West and Illawarra.

Fixtures are as follows:
9.35 Hunter vs Central Coast
9.35 Illawarra vs Sydney North West
10.35 Hunter vs Illawarra
10.35 Central Coast vs Sydney North West
11.35 Central Coast vs Illawarra
11.35 Hunter vs Sydney North West
12.35 3rd vs 4th
1.00 1st vs 2nd
1.55pm Presentations

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Northern Carnival Draw

The draw for the Northern Carnival has been released. All matches are at Passage Road, Bateau Bay

Thursday, July 7
8:30am North Coast U13 vs Central Coast U13
9:20am North Coast U15 vs Central Coast U15
10:10am North Coast U17 vs Central Coast U17
11:10am Hunter U13 vs North Coast U13
12:00pm Hunter U15 vs North Coast U15
12:50pm Hunter U17 vs North Coast U17
1:50pm Mid North Coast U13 vs Hunter U13
2:40pm Mid North Coast U15 vs Hunter U15
3:30pm Mid North Coast U17 vs Hunter U17
4:30pm North Coast YG vs Central Coast YG
5:20pm Central Coast U13 vs Mid North Coast U13
6:10pm Central Coast U15 vs Mid North Coast U15
7:00pm Central Coast U17 vs Mid North Coast U17

Friday, July 8
8:30am Central Coast YG vs Hunter YG
9:20am North Coast U13 vs Mid North Coast U13
10:10am North Coast U15 vs Mid North Coast U15
11:00am North Coast U17 vs Mid North Coast U17
12:00pm Hunter YG vs North Coast YG
12:50pm Central Coast U13 vs Hunter U13
1:40pm Central Coast U15 vs Hunter U15
2:30pm Central Coast U17 vs Hunter U17

Games 2 x 20 min halves
U17 2 x 25 min halves
Half time 5 mins

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