Hunter Teacher Named NSW Female School Ambassador of the Year

e-bradshawimg_23131Local primary school teacher Erin Bradshaw has been named the 2016 NSW Female School Ambassador of the Year.

Erin started teaching at Biddabah PS at the start of 2016 in her first fulltime placement. With a strong family connection to the local AFL she immediately made it a priority to increase the school’s participation and branding of our code. This involved promoting the local club and entering teams with great results in the Paul Kelly Cup (Hunter Finalists) and Tony Lockett Shield (Hunter Champions). The school also had students represent at PSSA level and ran a successful After-School Auskick Program for the first time. Erin continues her link with the local club by playing for Warners Bay in the BDAFL Women’s competition as well as being a Sydney Swans member.

AFLNSWACT Development Manager Craig Golledge was thrilled for Erin who thoroughly deserved the recognition.. “The Hunter Region is blessed to have so many teachers like Erin who support our great code and our local clubs. Erin has achieved so much in her first year of teaching at Biddabah PS and her passion for the game is reflected in the enthusiasm of her students.”

Erin is the second teacher from the Hunter Region to win the prestigious award in the past six years.

The prize included Erin attending the National School Ambassador Function held at the Geelong v Hawthorn match during week one of the finals series with complimentary flights and accommodation.

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Hunter Academy of Sport AFL Development Squads Announced

Hunter Academy of SportThe Hunter Academy of Sport boys and girls AFL development squads have been announced for the 2016-17 programs.



Congratulations to the following boys and girls!


Taj Barton (Cardiff), Gabriel Bose (Port Stephens), Jarell Bose (Port Stephens), Jack Denahy (Nelson Bay), Hugh Doherty (Nelson Bay), Lucas Doherty (City), Jonah Finlay (Warners Bay), Tyler Ford (Lake Macquarie), Matthew Godfrey (City), Zane Grant (Port Stephens), Cooper Higgins (Port Stephens), Rhylan Hoffman (Maitland), Ryan Inglis (Maitland), Liam Lieschke (Warners Bay), H Lowe (City), Lachlan Macnamara (Cardiff), Felix Mole (City), Cole Pedersen (Warners Bay), Abrahm Russell (Maitland), Isaac Stokes (Maitland), Louis Selkirk (City), Dorian Thornberry (Singleton), Archer Whitehead (Lake Macquarie), Max Woodhams (City)


Zoey Alley (Warners Bay), Sophie Clancy (Singleton, Halle Craigie (Maitland), Emily Docking (NA), Eireann Hurley (Nelson Bay), Niamh Hurley (Nelson Bay), Elizabeth Knorre (wallsend), Emmy Latter (Maitland), Abby Longworth (NA), Keira Mamotte (NA), Claudia Martin (NA), Kayla Merritt (Port Stephens), Zali Mertens (Lake Macquarie), Jordyn Murphy (Lake Macquarie), Lily Murphy (Lake Macquarie), Brooklyn Perry (City), Kaleah Picton (Maitland), Georgie Richards (NA), April Rodgers (City), Holly Searles (Warners Bay), Eliana Watters-Cowan (City)

The HAS AFL programs play a vital role in the AFL NSW/ACT pathway by identifying, monitoring and developing the skills of young Australian Football players in the Hunter Region.
Members of the squad will be exposed to technical skill development, athlete education, sports science and fitness elements, as well as provide a talent identification platform for future talent programs.
This year also includes the introduction of the Hunter Academy of Sports first girls program.

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NNSW Youth Girls State Cup Squads named

AFLNSWACT are delighted to announce both the NNSW Pathways (Div A) and Development (Div B) Squads for the upcoming NSW Youth Girls State Cup to be held at Bateau Bay on 23rd, 24th & 25th September 2016.
Pathways Squad: Arizona Cross (Cardiff), Ashleigh Flack (Killarney Vale), Bethany Wood (Killarney Vale), Eleanore Ford (Inverell), Eloise Peterson (Cardiff), Georgia Breward (Grafton), Hannah Page (Killarney Vale), Holly Kozlik (Lake Macquarie), Jade Bassett (Maitland), Jennifer Cooper (Port Macquarie), Jessica Maher (Moree), Kyah McBride (Singleton), Lauren Mott (Gosford), Madison Sealy (Killarney Vale), Matisse Coram-Parker (Cardiff), Michelle Maricic (Nelson Bay), Nicola Walker (Cardiff), Orana Eslick (Gosford), Sabrina Kliousis (Newcastle City), Sarah Henley (Gosford), Tori McDonald-Stuart (Killarney Vale)
Head Coach: Craig Golledge
Assistant Coach: Meaghan Macdonald
Development Squad: Brooklyn Perry (Newcastle City), Dixie Butler (Killarney Vale), Emma Kelly (Nelson Bay), Halle Craigie (Maitland), Isabella Caylak (Wyong), Jasmin Strange (Killarney Vale), Lauren Beasley (Port Macquarie), Maddison Kacarovski (TEBB), Madeline Anderson (Grafton), Madison Mulder (Nelson Bay), Molly Fraser (Nelson Bay), Peta Elliott (Warners Bay), Phoebe Wickson (Maitland), Rebecca Rayner (Newcastle City), Renae Butler (Killarney Vale), Sophie Clancy (Singleton), Sophie Snow (Newcastle City), Sriani Surya (TEBB), Tahlia Thompson (Singleton), Tayla Thorn (Killarney Vale), Taylah Anderson (Grafton)
Head Coach: Lauren Cooper
Assistant Coaches: Monique Boulos, Sophie Balcombe
Further information will be sent later today to those selected for the carnival.

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Hunter Sports High School AFL program

hunter-sports-hsHunter Sports High School are now promoting enrolments for the 2017 school year.

The attached Targeted Sports Program information flyer has all of the information regarding the AFL Program, or you can visit

Hunter Sports High School AFL TSP

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Hunter Academy of Sport AFL Trials – Boys and Girls

Hunter Academy of SportThe Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) is now calling for nominations from athletes (both boys and girls) interested in trialling for a position within the HAS 2016-2017 Australian Football (AFL) program.

The HAS AFL program plays a vital role in the AFL NSW/ACT talent pathway by identifying, monitoring and developing the skills of young Australian Football players. The program will comprise of technical, athlete education, sports science and fitness elements for squad members, and provides a talent identification platform for future talent programs.


Twenty four (24) athletes (12 x U10s & 12 x U12s) will be selected to participate in the development program. The program will commence in October 2016 and conclude in April 2017.

To be eligible to apply for a position within the AFL program athletes must be 9-12 years of age (i.e born in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)


Eighteen (18) athletes will be selected to participate in the development program. The program will commence in October 2016 and conclude in April 2017.

To be eligible to apply for a position within the AFL program athletes must be 11-14 years of age (i.e born in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005). No AFL club experience necessary. This program is open to all girls who play for a local AFL club, their school or have a sporting background with an interest in AFL.
Online applications are now open and need to be completed by Thursday 15 September 2016. Those who apply should automatically attend the trial day on Sunday 18th September 2016 to be held at McKeachie’s Run Sporting Complex, Aberglasslyn. Boys trials commence at 9am and girls at 10.30am (please arrive early for registration). Those attending the trial should wear t-shirt, shorts, boots and mouth guard. Please bring water and sunscreen.

For more information on the program and to access the online nomination form, please visit , or contact the HAS office directly on 49264892.

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Hunter Junior Grand Final Results

Under sunny blue skies, the Hunter Junior AFL premierships were decided at No1 Sportsground on Sunday 4th September. A great day of football was enhanced by the Tyrepower “Kick for Tyres” promotion that was held on the day.

Match Results:
Under 11: Maitland 4.7.31 def. Newcastle City Navy 3.6.24
Under 13: Muswellbrook/Singleton 9.6.60 def. Nelson Bay 6.5.41
Under 15: Muswellbrook 12.12.84 def. Newcastle City Navy 10.10.70
Under 17: Newcastle City 12.9.81 def. Lake Macquarie 9.8.62
Youth Girls: Cardiff 9.6.60 def. Singleton/Maitland 3.0.18

Congratulations to all players & officials on a great season!

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Hunter Junior AFL Presentation Evening

Over 520 people packed the Belmont 16ft Sailing Club on Tuesday evening for the Hunter Junior AFL presentation night. Congratulations to all of our award winners:

Best Auskick Centre: Warners Bay JAFC
Auskick Coordinator of the Year: Carolyn Philpott (Warners Bay JAFC)
Club of the Year: Nelson Bay JAFC
Coach of the Year: Dan Pederson (Warners Bay JAFC)
Volunteer of the Year: John Fitter (Wallsend District JAFC)
Umpires Golden Whistle: Lincoln McCauley
Youth Girls Best & Fairest: Arizona Cross (Cardiff)
Youth Girls B&F Runner Up: Sabrina Kilousis (Newcastle City) & Sophie Clancy (Singleton)
Under 13 Best & Fairest: Jesse Bates (Singleton)
Under 13 B&F Runner Up: Jake Sweetnam (Newcastle City)
Under 15 Best & Fairest: Lachlan Price (Cardiff)
Under 15 B&F Runner Up: Ky McGrath (Muswellbrook)
Under 17 Best & Fairest: Hugh Blanchfield (Newcastle City)
Under 17 B&F Runner Up: Brandt Job (Lake Macquarie) & Joseph O’Donoghue (Newcastle City)

Volunteer of the Year Nominations:
Greg Walker (Cardiff)
Tim Mott (Lake Macquarie)
Wayne Anderson (Nelson Bay)
John Fitter (Wallsend)
Mark Philpott (Warners Bay)
Lindsay Guy (Maitland)
Tracy Davis (Muswellbrook)
John Paine (Newcastle City)
Mel Nelson (Port Stephens)
Adrian Batterham (Singleton)

Youth Girls Best Team Player:
Emily Piper (Cardiff)
Tia Young (Lake Macquarie/Wallsend)
Molly Fraser (Nelson Bay)
Anastacia Sager (Newcastle City)
Ellie Oldham (Singleton/Maitland)
Lilliana Bryson (Warners Bay)

Under 9 Best Team Player:
Kale Barrett (Cardiff Gold)
Fletcher Kocon (Cardiff Maroon)
Lleyton Jenkinson (Lake Macquarie)
Cody Beavis (Maitland Orange)
Abrahm Russell (Maitland Yellow)
Charles Hill (Nelson Bay Blue)
Max Beach (Nelson Bay Gold)
Lucas Doherty (Newcastle City Navy)
Charles Boswell (Newcastle City Sky Blue)
Ace Antonovich (Newcastle City White)
Gabriel Bose (Port Stephens)
Blayne Chandler (Singleton)
Blake Jeffs (Wallsend)
Kalan Mason (Warners Bay Blue)
Jeremy Gocher (Warners Bay Red)

Under 11 Best Team Player:
Lachlan McNamara (Cardiff)
Jared Knorre (Lake Macquarie)
Jarrod Inglis (Maitland)
Angelica Diamond (Nelson Bay Blue)
Sid Buckley (Nelson Bay Gold)
Asher Darcy (Newcastle City Navy)
Ryan Robinson (Newcastle City White)
Maclaren Edgar (Port Stephens Black)
Aydan Watkins (Port Stephens Teal)
Liam Mouser (Singleton)
Alex Gallagher (Wallsend)
Isaac Cruickshank (Warners Bay Blue)
Sam Evans (Warners Bay Red)

Under 13 Best Team Player:
Joshua Papichio (Cardiff)
Kai Booth (Lake Macquarie)
Dan Wellbourne (Maitland)
Laine Dulhunty (Maitland/Wallsend)
Joshua Jones (Nelson Bay)
Jack Stolzenberg (Newcastle City Navy)
Jack Hartigan (Newcastle City Sky Blue)
Jay Martin (Newcastle City White)
Ethan Hays (Port Stephens)
Conor Thornberry (Singleton/Muswellbrook)
Sebastian Thomas (Warners Bay)

Under 15 Best Team Player:
Alex Hollitt (Cardiff)
Matthew Guy (Maitland)
Tristin Pitcher (Muswellbrook)
Nick Ceci (Nelson Bay)
Chris Falley (Newcastle City Navy)
Toby Bartsch (Newcastle City White)
Dylan Baxter (Warners Bay/Wallsend)

Under 17 Best Team Player:
Adam Grant (Cardiff/Nelson Bay)
Riley Jannisen (Lake Macquarie)
Tyler Lee (Maitland)
Oscar Cooper (Newcastle City)
Joshua Buchanan (Warners Bay/Wallsend)

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