CCRU Preview Round 13

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 15th July, 2017
ROUND 13


In the Match of the Day this Saturday, Ourimbah will host Avoca Beach in a match that will set these teams up for the final rounds of 2017, in a good or bad way depending on the result. Ourimbah are sitting in second place and want a win here to cement them into the Top Four but know Avoca Beach will give it their all to keep the spot they’ve just claimed in that Top Four. Ourimbah will go into the match as favourites, they’re playing at home and have looked a more consistent side over recent weeks than Avoca Beach. Avoca had a win last week over Hornsby, but had to fight hard for it when most people thought it should’ve been an easy win. The Sharks know they haven’t been playing their best rugby of late but will need to do so this Saturday to have any chance of beating the Razorbacks. Ourimbah had a close win over their rivals Gosford last Saturday and managed to grab a bonus point to stay in second place. They will look to the talent of their backline to secure another win this weekend. Avoca Beach will try to dominate in the forwards in order to gain the necessary field position to keep Ourimbah at bay. It will be a good game of rugby and will entertain what should be a large crowd at Ourimbah Rugby Park.

Terrigal will travel to Gosford Rugby Field to play Gosford. Terrigal will be favourites to maintain their undefeated status in this fixture but know Gosford will not lie down for them and will be tough to beat on a day when they will be celebrating 20 years since defeating Terrigal in the 1997 1st Grade Grand Final. These two clubs have a long history of playing each other in big games and as that is unlikely this year, Gosford will treat this match as the big game of 2017 and would love to be the first side to beat Terrigal in 2017’s Premier 1 competition. Gosford’s side has improved in recent weeks and while they won’t make the Finals, they do have the opportunity to make life difficult for all their oppositions. Terrigal have been far and away the form team this year and their undefeated record obviously shows that. They have great depth but will still rely on experienced players such as flanker Ryan Metcalfe, five-eight Adam Danckert, forward Sam Kenny, hooker Ethan McInnes, half back Sekope Maea and backs Mitch Hirst and Dan Sargeant to guide their side to another win. This will be another exciting clash.

Mark Taylor Oval will be the venue for “Back to Hornsby” Day when the home side take on Kariong this weekend. Kariong should win this match, but after hearing of Hornsby’s great performance against Avoca Beach last Saturday, they will be wary of the Lions who will no doubt love to claim their second win of the season. If Hornsby can hold Kariong in the forwards and give their backline quality ball, their talented backs will score points through their halfback Ben Astley, five-eight Mitch Fullager and Harry Fox in the centres. Kariong’s forwards Cory Holwill, Phil Brown and Josh Bottero will obviously do their best to stop this attack.

Woy Woy will host The Lakes at Woy Woy Oval. After a poor effort last weekend The Lakes will be looking to put in a much better effort on the field this Saturday and challenge a Woy Woy side who has won four of their last five games and appear to be hitting form at the right time of the year. The Lakes did not have their best side on the park against Terrigal in Round 12 and need their new players to be fit and ready on Saturday. Woy Woy on the other hand are coming off the Bye last weekend and will be fit and ready to go and will want to continue their good recent form this weekend to get back up into the Top Four.

The Entrance will play Warnervale at Joseph Banks Oval this Saturday in their President’s Cup fixture. The Rams will be hoping for another win to continue their climb up this competition’s ladder.

CCRU Preview Round 12

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 8th July, 2017
ROUND 12


In the Match of the Day this Saturday, Kariong will host Warnervale in a vital clash in terms of the competition ladder. Both Terrigal and Ourimbah are above Kariong on the ladder and have games this weekend they should win, so Kariong know they must win here to keep in touch with the top two sides, or be one of the top two sides. Warnervale have had three losses in a row now, and need a win to get back into the Top Four. Each week, the teams behind them are getting closer and closer and with Avoca Beach also having a game they should win this Saturday, Warnervale need this win to stay in touch with the Finals positions. Warnervale won this clash in the first half of the season but both sides have changed their structure since then and know that match is not a good indication of how this Saturday could go. Kariong last weekend was able to hold out a strong finishing Avoca side and will need that defence to carry on to this weekend, while Warnervale will be looking forward to the return of their representative players to bolster their chances. This game is impossible to predict and a good crowd will be on hand to cheer their sides home.

At Gosford Rugby Field, the annual Thomson-Brown Shield will be played for when Gosford host Ourimbah. It’s unusual for this match to not have ‘match of the round’ status, but this year it is second versus seventh in a match Ourimbah should dominate and win back the shield they lost in 2016. Gosford had a good win last weekend but will need to play a lot better this weekend to have any chance against an Ourimbah side who is starting to hit good form in the lead up to the Finals. The Red Devils always lift for this match, as the rivalry between these two sides makes positions on the ladder irrelevant, they both enjoy defeating one another so much, and will give it their all to have bragging rights for another year.

Hornsby will travel to Heazlett Park to take on Avoca Beach with the Lions playing for pride against the home side desperate to make the Finals. Avoca Beach couldn’t get the final piece of the puzzle last weekend and lost to Kariong and know they must get back in the winner’s circle straight away to have any chance of jumping up into the Top Four. Hornsby lost at home to Gosford last weekend and if they can get their best team on the bus to Heazlett, they will give Avoca a shake, but the Lions probably won’t have enough fire power to stop a Sharks win.

Terrigal travel to Slade Park to play The Lakes after coming off the Bye last weekend. The Trojans will be fresh and ready to take on The Lakes who put up a good fight in their loss to Ourimbah in Round 11. Terrigal will see this match as a good start to their run into the Finals, they know they can’t take The Lakes lightly but also know they will win if they play to the best of their ability. The Lakes will give everything to be the first team to knock off Terrigal this year but in reality, that prospect seems unlikely.

The Entrance will play Woy Woy at Joseph Banks Oval this Saturday in their President’s Cup fixture. The Rams had a gutsy win over Terrigal last weekend to give their Finals chances some hope and are meeting a Woy Woy side who are only one spot above them on the points ladder. Both sides know a win in this match is so important to their Finals chances.

CCRU Preview Round 11

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 1st July, 2017
ROUND 11

We also wish our representative players all the best with they play for NSW Country against QLD Country at Ernie Calland Field, Gateshead on Saturday night (Details HERE). Ethan McInnes (Terrigal), Kevin McNamara (Warnervale) & Rob Richardson (Ourimbah) will be in the senior side, while Michael Hobden (Avoca Beach), Vaughn Kernan (Terrigal) & Lachlan Peruch (Kariong) will play for the NSW Country Colts. We pass on our congratulations to them all and wish them the best of luck.

In the Match of the Day this Saturday, Warnervale travel to Woy Woy Oval to play Woy Woy in a match that will go a long way to getting one of these teams further up into the Top Four. Woy Woy had a close win last weekend against a tough Kariong opposition, while Warnervale have had two losses in a row in recent weeks against Terrigal and Ourimbah. Warnervale will want to show the competition that their bubble has not burst and that they are still a threat to this year’s Finals positions. They have played two teams higher than them on the ladder for two losses and, while they weren’t at their best against Ourimbah, they certainly put in a good effort against Terrigal and should be confident of getting back into the winner’s circle when they take on an inconsistent Woy Woy side. Warnervale will be without their representative prop Kevin McNamara and will miss his leadership up front but they should have enough depth and experience to cover his absence. Woy Woy will want to improve on their performance against Kariong if they are to be in this contest, they will no doubt work on their set pieces at training this week to ensure that when their flanker Chris Hitch provides them with turnover ball, as he so often does, they are able to capitalise. This did not happen against Kariong but if they can do it this weekend, they will be tough for Warnervale to compete against. It will be a close match and its importance will add to the tension on Saturday afternoon.

Kariong will make the trip to Heazlett Park to take on Avoca Beach this Saturday. It is another must win game for the home side who are currently sitting in sixth spot and know a win here could push them up into the Top Four for the first time this year. Avoca did what they needed to against Gosford last Saturday and, while it wasn’t their best game, they secured four competition points and have started to get some momentum, having won their last four games. Being at home is also a factor for the Sharks who are always tough to beat at Heazlett. Kariong did not play well against Woy Woy, they gave away too much ball and did not get any go forward from their set pieces. They will look to change that this weekend and will be giving their all to hold onto their top two spot on the competition ladder. Kariong should be favourites given they are currently second, but it would not be a surprise if Avoca Beach claim this win.

Hornsby will host Gosford at Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday. The Red Devils are coming off a very close loss to Avoca last weekend and know they must secure this win to have any chance of competing for a Finals position. Hornsby slipped down to last place after their loss to The Lakes last weekend and will want to get away from that spot as soon as possible.

Ourimbah will play The Lakes at Ourimbah Rugby Park. The Lakes will be on a high following their first win of the season last weekend, but come up against a Razorbacks side who appear to be hitting their straps at the right end of the season. Ourimbah should be too strong, but you never do what The Lakes will bring to the field and it should be a high scoring game of rugby.

Terrigal will play The Entrance in the President’s Cup fixture at The Haven. The Entrance went down to Ourimbah last Friday night and know a win here would be very helpful to elevate them up the ladder of this competition.

CCRU Preview Round 10

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

Central Coast Rugby Union moves into the second half of the competition this weekend and again there are some classic matches to keep the crowds entertained. All four Premier 1 fixtures will be close and it’s difficult to predict what will happen at any of the four grounds.

Kariong will again travel down the mountain, this time to take on fifth placed Woy Woy at Woy Woy Oval. Kariong hung onto their third place on the ladder, after a win over Gosford last weekend, and will be confident they have what it takes to claim another win and hold onto their top four spot, even leapfrog Ourimbah into second place, given Ourimbah have the Bye. Kariong had plenty of chances against Gosford but were unable to capitalise on them all and this Saturday they will hope that these chances won’t go begging. If number eight Blake Silvester has another strong game and has his forward pack well organised, the Kariong backs, through Mitch Clay and Ryan Wallbank, will have the ball they need to score the necessary points. Woy Woy on the other hand, will want a better start to what they had against Terrigal. They proved they can finish any match strongly, but last week were too far behind on the scoreboard for it to make an impact. If they kick off this weekend’s game well and don’t let Kariong score many early points, they will have a much better chance to be on top at the end of the eighty minutes.

Undefeated Terrigal will make the trip to Woongarrah Oval to play fourth placed Warnervale. In the first game of the season, Warnervale went very close to scoring a big upset over Terrigal, who managed to grab a late win that day over the Wildcats. This Saturday will see a game just as close as that one, in another hard to predict game of rugby. Terrigal will go into this game as favourites, but Warnervale will be disappointed with their result last weekend against Ourimbah and will be looking to get back into the winner’s circle straight away. Both sides will have their representative players back on the paddock so should be at full strength and this will give both teams the confidence they need to claim a win. Warnervale know that the teams below them on the ladder are closing in and if Warnervale lose, and either Woy Woy or Avoca Beach win on Saturday with a bonus point, Warnervale could be out of the Top Four and this is not what they want. Terrigal will of course be hoping to maintain their undefeated status but know not to take this Warnervale side lightly.

Gosford will host Avoca Beach at Gosford Rugby Field in another tough game in this round of rugby. These two teams played out a draw on April 1 this year and both won’t want that to happen again. Gosford thought they had a dream beginning to the competition in Round 1, when they led from the start over Avoca but a late try to the Sharks gave the teams a draw. Both teams are currently sitting outside the Top Four and know a win is necessary if they want to be pushing for Finals spot in a few months’ time. Gosford played well against Kariong last Saturday, but were unable to make use of having two extra players on the field for eight minutes of the second half, and will be ruing the options taken during this time, better decisions may have seen a different result on the day. Avoca Beach had a high scoring game against The Lakes last weekend and will want to continue that try scoring play into this Saturday. It’s unusual to see these two sides so far down the ladder at this time of the year and neither will be enjoying sitting where they are and know this match is crucial to push themselves up the ladder.

Hornsby make the trip to Slade Park this Saturday and will face a much improved The Lakes outfit. Hornsby was able to win easily over The Lakes in Round 1 but will run out against a very different side this weekend. Hornsby have had only the one win this year and may find the road trip to Budgewoi a tough ask as The Lakes at home are a tough opposition for any side and especially when they know this is their best chance to grab their first win of 2017. The Fijian recruits playing at The Lakes have definitely made their mark against oppositions in recent weeks and will again look to score plenty of tries. Hornsby will be looking to play a tight game in the forwards to avoid these great runners for The Lakes getting the ball, as we have seen in recent weeks that they can score from anywhere on the field.

The Entrance will host Ourimbah this Friday night at Joseph Banks Oval in the President’s Cup competition. The Entrance had a solid win on the road last Saturday but will face a talented Ourimbah side who will be looking to jump into top spot on the pointstable with a night-time win.

CCRU Preview Round 9

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

Central Coast Rugby Union resumes this weekend after the June Long Weekend General Bye, and all four Premier 1 matches are obviously important to show how the sides will finish the first half of the competition.

The Match of the Day will be played at Woongarrah Oval when second placed Warnervale take on fourth placed Ourimbah. Warnervale have only lost two very close games this year and will be keen to continue Ourimbah’s bad run of late. Ourimbah have not had a win since they played Hornsby in Round 5 and they will want to get back into the winners’ circle, not only to improve their team confidence, but to get a firmer grip on a Top Four spot. Warnervale have been the surprise package this year, with quite a few of their juniors returning to bolster the club’s playing depth, and they have certainly made an impact, claiming some great wins to place their club in a strong position at this point of the season. The return of Kevin McNamara, Josh Holman and Keanu Ashwell has given the club some quality rugby experience to win the big games. They know this Saturday is a big one they must win to continue to prove themselves in this competition. Ourimbah on the other hand, have not hit their straps completely this season, injuries and player absences are a concern but the Razorbacks need this win, and know they can do it if players like Tyler Jones & Josefa Biu make the impact we all know they can up front.

Another equally important match will be the clash between Woy Woy and Terrigal at Woy Woy Oval. Terrigal are yet to be defeated in 2017 but know they have another tough task ahead of them against a Woy Woy side which has been hot and cold this year. If Woy Woy put their best team on the paddock they will push Terrigal to the limits and being at home they will be confident of claiming a major scalp. Terrigal will look to their captain Sam Kenny to lead from the front and ensure his forward pack get good ball to their backs who have proven they can score tries from anywhere on the paddock. Once players such as Frankie Webber and Martin Wahbe get the ball, they are hard to stop. Most will assume Terrigal will get the win but Woy Woy will be doing all they can to prove this wrong.

Kariong will travel down the mountain to take on Gosford this Saturday at Gosford Rugby Field in Gosford Showground. A match between these two sides is never taken lightly and while Kariong are favourites, with their current second placed billing, Gosford do grow an extra leg when playing the Wanderers and will be quietly confident of winning an upset to give their season the boost it needs.

Avoca Beach will host The Lakes at Heazlett Park. The Lakes often struggle to travel in full strength to the beachside suburb, but if their First Fifteen do show up, The Lakes will give Avoca Beach a good run for their money. Avoca will need to be wary of this, but will also know that if they stick to their game plan they should be able to notch up an important win to keep in touch with the Top Four.

The Entrance will make the trip to Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday to play Hornsby in the President’s Cup fixture. Hornsby claimed their first President’s Cup win of the year in Round 8 and will be hoping to continue that form against a solid Rams outfit.

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