CCRU Round 10

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, 24th June, 2017
ROUND 10

PREMIER 1

Terrigal 48 Pat Niurua 3, Ryan Metcalfe 2, Ethan McInnes 2, Phil Heard tries
Adam Danckert 4 conversions
defeated
Warnervale 24 Brenton Acreman, Josh Holman, Daniel Ford, Ratu-Falimoni Naporisi tries
Cameron McNamara 2 conversions

Woy Woy 20 Chris Hitch, Alifeleti Atiola, Ben Skinner tries
Fokolulu Taumalolo conversion, penalty goal
defeated
Kariong 19 Ricki Chapman, Steve McGrath, Jake Holwill tries
Scott Hanley 2 conversions

Avoca Beach 20 Chad Martin, Dylan Hardaker, Matt Anderson tries
Connor Kondrat conversion, penalty goal
defeated
Gosford 17 Chad Sneyd, Shay Neist, Drew Neist tries
Hugo Pike conversion

The Lakes 27 Harry Pirini, Iliesa Cama, Sitiveni Kinikini, Ross McNair tries
Billy Moroney conversion
defeated
Hornsby 21 Harry Fox 3 tries
Sam White 3 conversions

PREMIER 1 POINTS TABLE
Terrigal 42
Kariong 28
Ourimbah 27
Warnervale 26
Woy Woy 24
Avoca Beach 24
Gosford 13
The Lakes 8
Hornsby 6

PREMIER 2
Terrigal 15 Warnervale 12
Woy Woy 22 Kariong 12
Avoca Beach 19 Gosford 15
The Lakes 17 Hornsby 14

PRESIDENTS CUP
Terrigal 50 Warnervale 5
Woy Woy 31 Kariong 26
Gosford 36 Avoca Beach 5
The Lakes 48 Hornsby 0
Ourimbah 17 The Entrance 7

COLTS
Terrigal 12 Avoca Beach 10
Kariong 20 Woy Woy 0

REPORT :
Round 10 of Central Coast Rugby Union saw four very close Premier 1 fixtures, highlighting the closeness of the 2017 competition.

At Woongarrah Sports Field, Terrigal ran in eight tries to four to defeat Warnervale by 48 points to 24. It was a solid win but the match didn’t go all Terrigal’s way as Warnervale certainly played well but just couldn’t grab the lead at any stage of the match. The scores would close in but then ill discipline would let the Wildcats down and Terrigal would sneak ahead again. Terrigal did lead from start to finish and were the more consistent side on the park but Warnervale will hold their heads high after a much improved effort on Round 9. Terrigal’s backs showed their class with fullback Frankie Webber having a great game and he was well supported by his winger Pat Niurua who ran in three tries, and Mitch Hirst in the centres. NSW Country representative Kevin McNamara had a strong game for the home side at prop, with his fullback Scott Fitzpatrick also playing well behind his side. Terrigal remain undefeated and go further ahead on the Premier 1 pointstable, while Warnervale’s bonus point, from scoring four tries, keeps them in the Top Four in fourth spot.

Woy Woy held on by a single point at Woy Woy Oval, defeating Kariong by 20 points to 19. Both sides went into this fixture knowing how important a win was but also confident that they could get the win. It was a true battle from start to finish and neither team was able to gain any sort of real dominance on the scoreboard or the paddock. The first ten minutes saw the teams sizing each other up with Kariong having the majority of possession but they couldn’t score any points and then, against the run of play, Woy Woy made a break and scored through their fullback Ben Skinner who had a very strong game for the home side. The tussle then continued, both teams would create turnovers but neither could then use their set piece to assert any authority on the match, often losing lineouts against the throw. Kariong organised a good backline play late in the half for centre Steve McGrath to score and give Kariong the lead 7-5, but Woy Woy were quick to hit back with a try outwide to go into the halftime break up 10-7. Both sides knew they could win, as soon as either side was able to take advantage of the turnovers they were creating they would be able to gain the momentum needed to score the necessary points. However, the second half continued in much the same vain as the first with neither side able to get completely on top. An early penalty goal to Woy Woy’s Fokolulu Taumalolo kept the Lions on top, 13-7 and soon after Woy Woy were able to break through the Wanderers defence at the edge of the ruck and flanker Chris Hitch was rewarded with a try under the posts. The conversion had Woy Woy up by 20 points to 7. At that stage, Woy Woy finally gained some ascendancy and were able to starve Kariong of the ball but then from nowhere, Kariong obtained a loose ball and ran the length of the field to score and the conversion from near the sideline made the score 20-14. Kariong scored again soon after, closing the score to be 20-19 and this time the conversion from the sideline was unsuccessful. The last 10 minutes was an even affair, Kariong threw everything at their opposition but to no avail and Woy Woy hung on to win. Kariong did grab a vital bonus point elevating them into second spot while Woy Woy remain in equal fifth.

Another nail biter was played out at Gosford Rugby Field, with Avoca Beach kicking a late penalty goal to defeat Gosford by 20 points to 17. It was a very even match throughout, with both teams having every opportunity to claim a win but neither making the most of those opportunities. It was a crucial match for both teams to elevate themselves closer to the Top Four and the tension was evident on the field. For the Sharks, Pat Wheatley had a strong game on the wing and then at halfback while flanker Hugo Pike was, once again, everywhere for the home side.

The Lakes claimed their first win of 2017 with a 27 points to 21 victory over Hornsby at Slade Park. Hornsby were ahead by 21 points to 14 at halftime after Harry Fox scored three tries for the visitors, however a change of tactic in the second half by The Lakes saw them score the needed points to claim an exciting win. In the first half, The Lakes were throwing away too many loose balls which Hornsby were counter attacking brilliantly with and scoring tries, once this stopped The Lakes got on top and grabbed the win.

On Friday night, Ourimbah had a gritty 17-7 win over The Entrance in the President’s Cup competition.

CCRU Round 9

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, 17th June, 2017
ROUND 9

PREMIER 1

Terrigal 27
Ryan Metcalfe, Adam Danckert, Dylan Calabria, Frankie Webber tries
Adam Danckert 2 conversions, penalty goal

defeated
Woy Woy 19
Chris Hitch, Eperama Tuku, Jordan Sharpe tries
Fokolulu Taumalolo 2 conversions


Ourimbah 42
Josefa Biu 3, Jarrod Grange, Sam Kearney, Matt King tries
Jarrod Grange 6 conversions

defeated
Warnervale 14
Mitchell Johnson 2 tries
Cameron McNamara 2 conversions


Kariong 24
Cory Holwill, Scott Hanley, Mitch Clay tries
Scott Hanley 3 conversions, penalty goal

defeated
Gosford 15
Josh McGlynn, Shay Neist tries
Hugo Pike conversion, penalty goal


Avoca Beach 49
Matt Anderson 2, Chad Martin 2, Blake Jacob, Elliott Dawkins, Josh Meadham tries
Connor Kondrat 6 conversions
Elliott Dawkins conversion

defeated
The Lakes 26
Harry Pirini, Wiremu Pirini, Billy Moroney, Macui Raulini tries
Billy Moroney 2 conversions
Corey Douglass conversion

PREMIER 1 POINTS TABLE
Terrigal 37
Ourimbah 27
Kariong 27
Warnervale 25
Woy Woy 20
Avoca Beach 20
Gosford 12
Hornsby 5
The Lakes 3

PREMIER 2
Terrigal 43 Woy Woy 0
Ourimbah 22 Warnervale 12
Gosford 32 Kariong 12
The Lakes 12 Avoca Beach 10

PRESIDENTS CUP
Terrigal 20 Woy Woy 3
Ourimbah 35 Warnervale 5
Gosford 124 Kariong 0
Avoca Beach 21 The Lakes 12
The Entrance 24 Hornsby 17

COLTS
Kariong 28 Avoca Beach 5
Terrigal 43 Woy Woy 10

REPORT :

The last round of the first half of the season didn’t disappoint with some quality games of rugby. It sees a very bunched Premier 1 pointstable but at this stage Terrigal, Ourimbah, Kariong & Warnervale make up the Top Four.

In the Match of the Day at Woongarrah Sports Field, Ourimbah hit their straps to claim a resounding 42 points to 14 win over Warnervale. The game started with neither side giving an inch and it took until almost the 20th minute before any points were posted. These points were scored by Ourimbah who, after a tight start, ran in two quick tries to take a 14-0 lead. The game then opened up with some more free flowing rugby then what the crowd had seen initially, but it was certainly a very close contest at this stage of the match. Ourimbah kept gaining their ascendency slowly but surely throughout the half and went into the break up 21 points to 7. Keegan Evans at hooker was having a strong game for Ourimbah while their flanker Jarrod Grange was all over the park and converting tries from the sideline to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The second half saw Warnervale start strongly and their prop Haydon Smith was leading from the front to give his side some hope of a victory. But it was not to be, as Ourimbah’s fitness and pace started to show and this was the difference between the two sides as Ourimbah ran in a further three tries in the second half. The win jumps Ourimbah up into second place while Warnervale drop to fourth.

At Woy Woy Oval, Terrigal dominated proceedings to defeat the home side 27-19. Terrigal got off to a terrific start which would have been exactly what they wanted and this gave them the platform they needed to secure their eighth win of 2017. BY halftime the Trojans were up 22-0 and this was enough with just one extra try in the second half for them to win. Woy Woy were much stronger in the second half and were able to take advantage of an extra man on the field to run some late tries but it was not the Lions’ day. Second rower Joe Taylor had another strong game for the visitors while flanker Chris Hitch was best on field for Woy Woy.

Kariong were too strong for Gosford at Gosford Rugby Field, running out winners 24 points to 15. It was a fairly even match throughout, but Kariong was able to finish on top and run in three tries to two. Both sides had their chances to get on top but Kariong was the side who was able to take more advantage of their chances, despite being two players down for a crucial stage of the second half. Kariong were up 10-0 midway through the first half after a sneaky dart by prop Cory Holwill saw the first try of the match. Winger Shay Neist was able to score a good backline try for the Red Devils late in the half to make the half-time score 10 points to 5 in favour of Kariong. The start of the second half saw Kariong consistently posting points on the board to keep their side on top. 10 early points scored by halfback Scott Hanley kept the scoreboard ticking over and managed to make any chance of a win difficult for Gosford. Five-eight Josh McGlynn was able to run in a try for Gosford and with 15 minutes to go the score was 24-15 giving Gosford some hope, but Kariong managed to hold the home side out and claim a crucial win to put them into equal second spot on the ladder. Flanker Hugo Pike had his usual strong game for the home side while Kariong’s number 8, Blake Silvester, was instrumental in his side’s win.

In a high scoring match, Avoca Beach defeated The Lakes 49 points to 26 at Heazlett Park. In a free-flowing game, which saw eleven tries scored, Avoca led from start to finish. Until late in the game, The Lakes always had a chance of hitting the lead but each time they got close Avoca were able to hit back and eventually cement their win. The home side were up 28 points to 12 at halftime, claiming an early bonus point, and went on to score another three tries in the second half. Elliott Dawkins had a great game for the Sharks and was rewarded with a try on the full-time siren. Best for The Lakes were Wiremu Pirini and Peni Raulini.


The President’s Cup fixture at Mark Taylor Oval saw The Entrance claim a win away from home, defeating Hornsby 24 points to 17.

CCRU Round 8

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, 3rd June, 2017
ROUND 8

PREMIER 1
Terrigal 18
Mitch Hirst, Dave Crawford tries
Adam Danckert 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals
defeated
Kariong 9
Scott Hanley 3 penalty goals

Woy Woy 26
Luke Meany 2, Matt Graham, Sam Soane tries
Luke Meany 3 conversions
defeated
Ourimbah 13
Keegan Evans, Matt King tries
Jarrod Grange penalty goal

Gosford 26
Joel Wagner, Sam Underwood, Shay Neist tries
Hugo Pike conversion, 2 penalty goals
Josh Reid penalty goal
defeated
The Lakes 23
Macui Raulini, Corey Douglass, Michael Ferry tries
Billy Moroney conversion, penalty goal
Corey Douglass penalty goal

Warnervale 31
Atunaisa Turagabeci 2, Scott Fitzpatrick 2, Mitch Riley tries
Mitchell Johnson 3 conversions
defeated
Hornsby 15
Mitch Fullager 2 tries;
Sam White conversion, penalty goal

POINTS TABLE
Terrigal 32
Warnervale 25
Kariong 23
Ourimbah 22
Woy Woy 20
Avoca Beach 15
Gosford 12
Hornsby 5
The Lakes 2

PREMIER 2
Terrigal 33 Kariong 7
Ourimbah 14 Woy Woy 13
The Lakes 19 Gosford 17
Warnervale 22 Hornsby 14

PRESIDENTS CUP
Terrigal 91 Kariong 0
Ourimbah 43 Woy Woy 0
Gosford 34 The Lakes 7
Hornsby 10 Warnervale 5
Avoca Beach 26 The Entrance 17

COLTS
Kariong 24 Terrigal 10
Avoca Beach 27 Woy Woy 19

REPORT :
Round 8 of Central Coast Rugby Union has seen the Terrigal Trojans jump to a 7 point lead in our competition ladder with a tough 18-9 win over Kariong. The Match of the Day at Kariong Oval was an arm wrestle from start to finish but it was Terrigal who was able to claim an important win. Kariong did get off to a great start and led 9-0 at half-time with three penalty goals to their halfback Scott Hanley. Kariong lost the game in the first half with poor execution as they saw multiple chances to score tries go begging. Terrigal kept themself in the game and were able to score a try just after half-time and once they eventually jumped in front, they never lost that lead and went on to win and maintain their undefeated status. The Number 8’s for both sides had very strong games with Sam Kenny showing his Trojans the way forward, while Phil Brown for Kariong was crucial to his team’s good performance.

Woy Woy caused a minor upset at Ourimbah Rugby Park when they scored 4 tries to 2 to beat Ourimbah 26-13. Most local rugby supporters had tipped Ourimbah to claim their first win in three rounds but it was not to be. Woy Woy were never troubled on the scoreboard, leading 14-8 at half-time. The Lions dominated the set pieces which allowed them to make good metres up the field and score some wonderful tries. Best for Woy Woy were forwards Sam Soane, Chris Hitch & Alifeleti Atiola while Jarrod Grange and Matt King both served Ourimbah well.

Gosford moved back into the winners’ circle with a 26-23 win over The Lakes. At half-time The Lakes were up by 17 points to 10 and they were feeling confident of claiming their first win in 2017. Poor discipline by the home side saw them playing short for periods of time during the game and Gosford were able to keep in touch on the scoreboard with penalty goals from these infringements. The score see-sawed throughout the second half and The Lakes had a 23-21 lead with 10 minutes to go, but a try to Gosford with 5 minutes to go gave them a win they were desperate for. Both halfbacks had strong games, Sam Underwood had his Red Devils well organised all over the paddock while Billy Moroney kept his team on the go forward.

At Mark Taylor Oval, a bonus point win to Warnervale moved them into second spot on the points table. The Wildcats beat Hornsby 31 points to 15. Warnervale were the best team on the day and controlled all facets of play. The visitors led 19-10 at half-time so Hornsby had high hopes of a win but Warnervale were able to take control and score tries through their ever improving backline. Haydon Smith had a great game for the Wildcats while Ed Mills in Hornsby’s second row was everywhere.

On Friday night, Avoca Beach won a tough President’s Cup fixture, 26-17, over The Entrance at Joseph Banks Oval. Avoca led throughout but the Rams kept scoring to keep the visitors under pressure.

CCRU Round 7

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, 27th MAY, 2017
ROUND 7

PREMIER 1
Terrigal 20 Liam Caulfield, Mitch Hirst tries;
Aaron Tait 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals
defeated
Ourimbah 18 Josefa Biu, Matt King tries;
Rob Richardson 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals

Avoca Beach 16 Elliot Dawkins, Pat Wheatley tries;
Connor Kondrat 2 penalty goals
defeated
Warnervale 10 Scott Fitzpatrick, Atunaisa Turagabeci tries

Woy Woy 73 Blake Arahill 3, Afeleti Atiola 2, Luke Meany, Mitch Hyde, Jack Dewar, Iliesa Rokobrega, Jake Cucek, Hes Polaulu tries;
Alex Moore 2 conversions;
Luke Meany 6 conversions;
Tamani Cama 1 conversions
defeated
Hornsby 19 Aaron Duncan, John O’Donnell, Ed Mills tries;
Sam White 2 conversions

Kariong 54 Lachlan Peruch 2, Josh Bottero 2, Lonny Clark, Corey Holwill, Mitch Clay, Ryan Wallbank tries;
Scott Hanley 6 conversions;
Mitch Clay 1 conversions
defeated
The Lakes 12 Macui Raulini, Iliesa Cama tries;
Iliesa Cama 1 conversion

POINTS TABLE
Terrigal 28
Kariong 23
Ourimbah 22
Warnervale 20
Avoca Beach 15
Woy Woy 15
Gosford 8
Hornsby 5
The Lakes 1

PREMIER 2
Terrigal 20 Ourimbah 10
Warnervale 22 Avoca Beach 12
Woy Woy 15 Hornsby 15
The Lakes 19 Kariong 17

PRESIDENTS CUP
Terrigal 17 Ourimbah 12
Avoca Beach 10 Terrigal 7
Woy Woy 31 Hornsby 12
The Lakes 29 Kariong 17
Gosford 31 The Entrance 12

COLTS
Terrigal 14 Avoca Beach 10
Kariong 38 Woy Woy 5

REPORT :
Terrigal confirmed their position at the top of the competition ladder with a hard fought win over Ourimbah at The Haven Oval, running out winners by 20 points to 18. It was certainly an even battle throughout with both teams having their chances of victory. The early stages of the contest saw both teams having periods of attack and defence. There was plenty of action on the playing field but none on the scoreboard. In fact it was Ourimbah who opened the scoring with a try in the corner in only the 20th minute. This 5 points to nil lead was deserved at this stage as they were playing some good rugby. Terrigal did respond with a penalty goal to make the score 5-3. Ourimbah did have the better of play in the first half and two very quick penalty goals to their five-eighth Rob Richardson saw them jump to a handy 11 points to 3 lead. At this stage things were all going their way. But Terrigal were not to be denied. In the 34th minute Terrigal completed a good team try when their prop Liam Caulfield crossed for a vital try just prior to the break. A sideline conversion by Aaron Tait had reduced the Ourimbah lead to 11 points to 10. This was to be the halftime score and both teams know it was to be a struggle in the second half. Terrigal took the lead for the first time in the match at just the 2nd minute of the second stanza when they kicked a penalty goal to make the score 13-11. Much of the second half was an arm wrestle but it was Terrigal now who were playing the better rugby. They were rewarded in the 18th minute with a very good try to centre Mitch Hirst. Another excellent conversion from touch by Terrigal five-eight Aaron Tait saw the home side jump to a handy 20 points to 11 lead. However Ourimbah were not to be denied. A wonderful individual try to their halfback Matt King in the 30th minute saw the score reduced to 20 points to 18. With time running out there was huge excitement in the final 10 minutes as both teams tries to secure the win. However it was Terrigal who were able to hang on for victory. The win sees them remain undefeated, and at the top of the competition ladder.

Avoca Beach defeated Warnervale at Woongarrah Oval by 16 points to 10. This was such a vital win for the Avoca Beach team and keeps them in touch with the Top Four. The match was an even struggle throughout. There was very little scoring in the opening quarter of the match as both teams attempted to sort each other out in attempt to gain the ascendancy. However it was Avoca Beach who were able to post the first points. In fact a try and 2 penalty goals saw the visitors go to the halftime break leading by 11 points to nil. It seemed things were going all their way but they knew the home side would come back strongly. In fact Warnervale did outscore Avoca Beach in the second half by 10 points to 5 but the first half had proved costly for them. Both teams put in very good performances and both teams know they can have an effect on all the action at the end of the season. Best players for Avoca Beach were the veteran Emile Thomas, who was strong all day. He was very well supported by his lock partner Elliott Dawkins. Best for Warnervale were Scott Fitzpatrick, who scored a try, and Mitchell Reilly.

Woy Woy were far too strong for Hornsby at Woy Woy Oval, running out victors by 73 points to 19. The early stages of the match saw an even contest but very quickly Woy Woy were able to assert their dominance and the further the match went on the more dominant Woy Woy became. Woy Woy led by 38 points to 5 at the halftime break, and they were able to maintain this same scoring rate in the second half. It was an important win for Woy Woy and keeps them in touch with the competition frontrunners. Best players for Woy Wot were Blake Arahill, who crossed for 3 tries, Mitch Hyde, and Afeleti Atiola, who also crossed for 2 individual tries. Hornsby would be hugely disappointed with the result after some good performances in recent weeks.

Kariong proved too strong for The Lakes at Slade Park. They continued their very good recent form with a 54 points to 12 win. Kariong were able to run in 10 tries to 2 in what was a good indicator of the flow of the match. The match saw Kariong flankers, Josh Bottero and Lachlan Peruch, both crossing for 2 tries apiece, and they certainly made their mark on the match. Others to play well for Kariong were five-eight Mitch Clay, Scott Hanley and Ryan Wallbank. The win sees Kariong jump into second spot on the competition ladder in what has proved a great start to this season for them. The Lakes never stopped, and they were rewarded with 2 good tries to Macui Raulini and Iliesa Cama. These two players certainly made an impact on the match.

In the President’s Cup, Gosford defeated The Entrance by 31 points to 12 at Gosford Showground. The home side played good rugby to secure the win.

CCRU Round 6

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, 20th MAY, 2017
ROUND 6

PREMIER 1
Kariong 25 Phil Brown, Tom Clay, Steve McGrath tries;
Scott Hanley 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals
defeated
Ourimbah 19 Brett Cunningham, Tyler Jones, Ryan Pike tries;
Jarrod Grange 2 conversions

Avoca Beach 21 Chris Newton 2, Blake Jacob tries;
Connor Kondrat 3 conversions
defeated
Woy Woy 10 Lapana Vitale try;
Alex Moore 1 conversion, 1 penalty goal

Warnervale 21 Mitchell Johnson 2, Atunaisa Turagabeci tries;
Cameron McNamara 3 conversions
defeated
Gosford 19 Chris Heap, Tomson Fawkner, Drew Neist tries;
Hugo Pike 2 conversions
Terrigal 61 Dylan Calabria 2, Adam Dankert 2, Martin Wahbe, Joe Taylor, Sam Kenny, Mitch Hirst, Dan Sargeant tries;
Adam Danckert 8 conversions
defeated
Hornsby 17 Earl Yandall, John O’Donnell, Mitch Fullager tries;
Sam White 1 conversion

PREMIER 1 POINTS TABLE
Terrigal 24
Ourimbah 21
Warnervale 19
Kariong 18
Avoca Beach 11
Woy Woy 10
Gosford 8
Hornsby 5
The Lakes 1

PREMIER 2
Ourimbah 33 Kariong 24
Woy Woy 19 Avoca Beach 17
Warnervale 26 Gosford 7
Terrigal 44 Hornsby 0

PRESIDENTS CUP
Ourimbah 71 Kariong 12
Avoca Beach 19 Woy Woy 5
Gosford 87 Warnervale 5
Terrigal 32 Hornsby 0
The Entrance 10 The Lakes 0

COLTS
Avoca Beach 50 Woy Woy 0
Kariong 22 Terrigal 0

REPORT :
After 6 rounds, and with the competition a third of the way through the season, things are beginning to sort themselves out in terms of the competition ladder.

In the Match of the Day, Kariong defeated Ourimbah by 25 points to 19 at Kariong Oval. In what many would regard as a minor upset, Kariong started off strongly and had secured enough points early in the match to be able to hang on for victory. Kariong did start well. They played good rugby and took advantage of some hesitant Ourimbah play. Kariong went to the break leading by 14 points to nil and they did deserve that lead. The home side went further ahead early in the second half when they were able to cross for another try. In fact early in the second half they had gone to a match winning lead of 22 points to nil and it all seemed over. It was only then that Ourimbah started to put things together. They were able to cross for three unanswered tries and suddenly the Kariong lead had been reduced to 22 points to 19 and the match was certainly very much up for grabs. However Kariong were able to settle the ship, and with a late penalty goal were able to hang on for victory. It was a wonderful team effort by the Kariong squad and this important win places them in the Top Four. Best players for Kariong were lock Phil Brown, who crossed for 2 tries, five-eight Mitchell Clay, hooker Justin Walker and flanker Lachlan Peruch. Ourimbah, after a disastrous start, came back extremely well and could have taken the match. Best players for them were Clint Guyatt and Jarrod Grange. It was an enthralling game of rugby and does show that any of the top teams can win on the day.

Avoca Beach returned to the winner’s circle with a hard fought 21 points to 10 victory over Woy Woy at Heazlett Park. This match was tight throughout but Avoca Beach were able to lead for much of the match and were able to record a significant win. Woy Woy opened the scoring with an early penalty goal, but it was then that the home side who were able to respond with 14 unanswered points in the remainder of the first half. Avoca Beach went to the halftime break leading by 14 points to 3. Best players for Avoca Beach were No.8 Chad Martin, while Blake Jacob continued his great recent form. Woy Woy scored early in the second half, and with the match score at Avoca Beach 14 Woy Woy 10 the match was there to be taken. It was a struggle in the second period and both teams had their chances to get the win. However a converted try to Avoca Beach sealed the victory for them. The second half was all square at 7 points apiece but the first half performance by the home side had got them the win. Woy Woy had several very good players but none were better than Nick Garnett, Lapana Vitale, who scored their try, and Damien Fleming. These two teams are just out of the Top Four and the next few weeks will be most crucial for them both in terms of the Finals Series.

Warnervale hang on for a tight win over Gosford at Gosford Showground, running out winners by 21 points to 19. In a match which saw both teams make numerous errors, the result was only secured on the fulltime whistle. It was an entertaining match to watch because of the various changes in possession but neither team would be happy with their overall performance. The match was close throughout however. Warnervale went to the halftime break leading by 14 points to 12 and both teams know victory was possible. This remained the score for most of the second period but when Warnervale scored a converted try late in the match, and led by 21 points to 12, it seemed to be all over. However Gosford stormed home, scoring a converted try and then missing a penalty shot at goal right on fulltime, which would have snatched the home side the win. Best for Warnervale were centre Mitchell Johnson, who ran strongly all day and crossed for 2 tries, lock Mark Fittler, and flanker Ethan Sant. Best for Gosford were flankers Hugo Pike and Joel Wagner, while back Josh McGlynn was always dangerous with the ball in hand. The win sees Warnervale confirm their Top Four spot while Gosford need to secure a change in fortune soon if they are to threaten the Finals this year.

Terrigal continued their free flowing form with a good win over Hornsby by 61 points to 17 at Mark Taylor Oval. Terrigal led by 26 points to 12 at the halftime break but the further the match went on the better they played. The match was not all one way traffic as Hornsby showed great speed in the backs and were able to cross for three very good tries. The win sees Terrigal jump to the top of the competition ladder. Best for Terrigal were wingers Dan Sargeant and Dylan Calabria, halfback Sekope Maea, lock Joe Taylor and five-eight Adam Dankert who scored 26 personal points. Hornsby never stopped trying and were best served by Earl Yandall and Mitch Fullager.

In the President’s Cup, The Entrance recorded a pleasing win over The Lakes at Joseph Banks Oval by 10 points to 0. The home side played good rugby in very wintery conditions on Friday night.

Page 1 of 2