Cardiff off the mark with derby victory

CARDIFF opened their winning account with a 17-point victoryin the Black Diamond AFL derby against Warners Bay atFeighan Park on Saturday.

Scores were tight throughout the first threequarters, with Cardiff leading by 12, seven and four points at the three intervals, before prevailing 12.6 (78) to 9.7 (61).

The Hawks pulled away in the last quarter, kicking 3.1, whilea stout defensive effort held Warners Bay to one straight goal in the final stanza.

Josh Murphy kicked a decisive four goals for Cardiff, supported by two goals fromboth Jackson McMahon and Beau Heeney.

Jake Roach was the only multiple goalkicker for the Bulldogs with two.

Warners Bay are at home for a third successive game this weekend whenthey host in-form Newcastle City, and Cardiff head to Tukalba Park in Teralba to host reigning premiers Terrigal Avoca.

In other round-two games, Newcastle City scored a resounding winat Dick Burwell Oval in Nelson Bay, and Terrigal overran a fast-starting Killarney Vale at the revamped Hylton Moore Oval in East Gosford.

Mitchell Crawford starred up front with nine majors in City’s24.18 (162) to 6.6 (42) thumping of Nelson Bay.

He was ably assisted by club stalwart Courtney Knight, who kicked five for the Navy Blues in their dominant performance.

City jumped out of the blocks, kicking 6.3 in the first quarter to the Marlins’ 3.3. City then kept Nelson Bay to a solitary point in the second quarter, setting up their 20-goal victory.

In the match of the round, Terrigal Avoca outclassed Killarney Vale 18.13 (121) to 7.2 (44).

Alexander White (five) and Brayden Kingston (three) were the leading goalscorers for Terrigal.