Cavalry returns for Hawks-Blues battle

RECOVERED: Aaron Wivell will be back in action for Cardiff at No.1 Sportsground on Saturday against Newcastle City after missing six games. Picture: Marina NeilNewcastle City can edge closer to a top-two berth on Saturday when they meet local rivals Cardiff at No.1 Sportsground.

City are two wins behind the Hawks but have won five games straight after a sluggish start to the Black Diamond AFL season.

Cardiff have had the wood on the defending champions this season, albeit by just four points and six points in their two meetings.

The Hawks have won a remarkable seven games by 11 points or fewer and would have a perfect season if not for two heavy losses to leaders Terrigal-Avoca.

Cardiff coach Nathan Harkness has named key forward Aaron Wivell in his squad after last week’s general bye.

Wivell is the second leading goalkicker in the league with 20 majors despite missing the past six matches through injury.

He has not played since Cardiff beat the Blues at No.1 Sportsground on May 13.

Mitchell Knight

Newcastle City welcome back influential Nick Gill and are approaching full strength with four weeks to go in the regular season.

“We have a couple out, but we’re getting close,” said Blues player-coach Mitchell Knight, who has only recently returned to the field himself.

At Hylton Moore Oval,Peter Van Dam will celebratehis 300th game for Terrigal-Avoca in the local derby against Killarney Vale.

Van Dam, in his final year before hanging up the boots, will joinDave Grimmond and Ken O’Brien as the only players to play 300 games for the Panthers.

Terrigal-Avoca’s three-timeElliott Davey Medallist, James Webster, is understood to be close to making his first appearance of the seasonafter recovering from a kneeinjury he suffered in the 2016 grand final, but he was not named in the Panthers squad on Friday.

At Feighan Park, last-placed Warners Bay must beat Nelson Bay or their slim finals hopes are over.

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