AFL: Shannon Mangovski shines for Cardiff

JUMP TO IT: Shannon Mangovski, right, contests a mark with Singleton’s Johny Cornelius at No.1 Sportsground. Picture: Max Mason-HubersBDAFL: Newcastle City too strong for Warners Bay, photos

FORMER Northern NSW State League football premiership winner Shannon Mangovski continued his successful transition to AFL on Saturday by starring in Cardiff’s 84-point win over Singleton.

The Hawks won 18.20 (128) to 6.8 (44) at No.1 Sportsground to remain third in Black Diamond AFL.

In just his fourth AFL game, Mangovski kicked two goals and was among the Hawks’ best.

The former wing back is a good friend of long-time Hawk Quinton Davis and has quickly adapted to Aussie rules.

‘‘He’s been going quite well and he likes the physical side of the game,’’ Cardiff coach Adam Dugan said. ‘‘He’s very quick on his feet and his fitness levels are at the top end as well.’’

The Hawks were never troubled by Singleton after they opened up leads of 30 and 54 points at the end of the first and second quarters.

‘‘We should expect to get the win against Singleton given their position on the ladder, but probably the most pleasing thing is we’re starting to play some decent footy,’’ Dugan said.

At Feighan Oval, Newcastle City blew away Warners Bay with a six-goal opening term to win 21.16 (142) to 7.9 (51). Blues captain-coach Courtney Knight was again outstanding, kicking seven goals to take his tally to 41.

That is more than double the next best goal-kicker, Killarney Vale’s Scott Manuelle (20), and gave Knight the 700th of his Black Diamond career.

In the final match of round eight, the Bombers beat Nelson Bay 15.14 (104) to 10.12 (72) at Adelaide Street Oval.