NSW Country Championships - Event Summary

CENTRAL COAST COMPETE AT THE
NSW COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PORT MACQUARIE

Central Coast had a mixed weekend in Port Macquarie at the NSW Country Championships. The Senior XV, Colts XV and Women’s 7’s teams competed over the two days of the Championships.

The 1st XV lost both their two matches on Day 1 but put in very concerted effort on both days. They had a very good win on Sunday. The Colts team took out the Tier 1 Colts Final with a fantastic win over rivals Hunter in a close one by 14 points to 8. The Women won 2 and lost 2 but finished the Championships very strongly, and finished fifth.

The highlight of the weekend was the great win by the Colts team who took out the Tier 1 Rowlands Colts Cup for the first time in many years. This team has been in this final many times in recent years and has been unable to secure the win. But the Colts finally got through for the wonderful victory. Central Coast started the match very well and led by 11 points to nil very early on after a try to Lachlan Peruch and 2 goals to Isaac Barnes. This scoreline after only 14 minutes was the best possible start. However the remainder of the match was a very dour battle. With both teams having chances to place final points on the board, it was Hunter who responded with a try prior to the break to reduce the lead to 11-5 at halftime. Hunter kicked a penalty goal early in second half so with the score at 11-8 the match was certainly up for grabs. Play went from one end of the field to the other, but no points were posted. At one stage Central Coast had 2 players in the sin bin, but still they hung on with some very gritty defence. A penalty goal to the Coast close to fulltime gave them breathing space with the score 14-8 but they still had to show some very dogged defence late in the match to hang on for victory.
It was a great achievement by this team and the win places them at the top of NSW Country Colts rugby.

On the Saturday the Central Coast Colts had to play exceptional rugby to get to the Final when they defeated Central West by 13 points to 5. This match was by no means one way traffic and with the scores locked at nil all at halftime it was still anyone’s match. However a very good second half saw the Central Coast team home and into the Final.

Central Coast Seniors had a disappointing day on the Saturday. They had a tough day with two very hard fought clashes. The were defeated by Far North Coast by 50 to 41, and then lost to Mid North Coast by 23 points to 12. In both games the team had their chances but things just did not go their way. They were close but just not quite there. They fought back well on the Sunday with a very good win over New England by 59 points to 21, but because of the results on the first day there were not going to appear in the overall winners circle.

The Women 7’s had 2 losses early on but fought very well to record two very pleasing wins in the final matches.

RESULTS ………………….
SENIORS

Central Coast 41 Far North Coast 50
Central Coast 12 Mid North Coast 23
Central Coast 59 New England 21

COLTS

Central Coast 13 Central West 5
Central Coast 14 Hunter Newcastle 8

WOMEN 7’s

Central Coast 5 Hunter 29
Central Coast 12 Central North 17
Central Coast 15 New England 12
Central Coast 29 Far North Coast 5

NSW Country Rugby Union Championships 2017 (Update)

Mid North Coast Zone will take centre stage this weekend, with the staging of the New South Wales Country Rugby Union Championships in Port Macquarie on 29 & 30 April 2017.

It will be an historic weekend for the zone, as it will be the first time the Senior & Colts NSW Country Championships will be held on the Mid North Coast, and the zone is geared to host a successful event.

Each of the nine NSW Country Zones will be represented at the two day championships, which will see the Caldwell Cup (Senior Tier 1), Richardson Shield (Senior Tier 2),
Rowlands Colts Cup (Colts Tier 1) and Colts Shield (Colts Tier 2) up for grabs. There will also be seven NSW Country Zones participating in the Women’s Seven’s Championships,
which will also be staged at the Port Macquarie Sports Stadium.

Tier 1 defending champions Illawarra (Seniors) and Newcastle Hunter (Colts) will be looking to take out the respective titles for the third year on the trot, but each of the other zones will be lining up to knock them out of the winners circle.

Each of the Tier 2 zones will be keen to get an early result to advance to the final to set up a chance to take home some silverware, together with an opportunity to gain promotion to Tier 1 next season.

Tier 1 & 2 structures are based on last year’s championship results and standings, which saw zones promoted/relegated to/from Tier 1, so Day 1 is D-Day, not only for determining who goes on to contest finals, but who is in the firing line for promotion/relegation.

The championships will also provide an opportunity for players to stake their claims for selection in the NSW Country Cockatoos and Cockatoo Colts Training Squads. With many of last year’s squad members having retired, transferred or being unavailable, the NSW Country Coaches will be looking long and hard at the talent on show in each of the matches.

Action kicks off at Port Macquarie Sports Stadium at 9.00am on both days, with Senior, Colts and Women’s Seven’s matches being played on both fields throughout the days.
Championship draws, match times and field allocations are available on the NSWCRU webpage www.nswcountryrugby.com.au

NSW COUNTRY RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPS

NSW COUNTRY RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPS 29th/30th April, 2017

There is no local rugby this coming weekend as the NSW Country Rugby Champioinships will be conducted at Port Macquarie. The Central Coast will be represented by the Senior XV, Colts XV and a Womens 7's team.

All have been training for several months and all are in readiness for these Championships. Seniors coach, Stew Jenkins, has worked hard to get his squad readied for these Championships. They had very good trials aginst Sydney University and Central West, and these matches showed the team is on the right track for the Championships. The Seniors will play Far North Coast early on Saturday morning, and a good result in this clash is essential. The result of this match will determine when and who they play for the remainder of the weekend.

The Colts this year will be coached by Nick Meyer, and they have also worked hard in recent weeks. This team holds great hope of going right through to Championship victory but it will not be easy. The Colts play Central West on Saturday afternoon.

The Womens 7's team will be coached by Mitch Drinkwater and all are looking forward to the weekend at Port Macquarie.

For further information on these teams please comtact Larry Thomson on 0402 883 588