CCRU Round 2


Kariong 22 Jake Holwill 2, Phil Browne tries;
Scott Hanley 2 conversions, 1 penalty goal
Avoca Beach 14 Mitch Jacob try;
Nathan Brown 3 penalty goals

Warnervale 22 Scott Fitzpatrick 3, Josh Holman tries;
Cameron McNamara 1 conversion
Woy Woy 12 Alifeliti Atiola, Sione Alatini tries;
Alex Moore 1 conversion

Gosford 43 Sam Underwood 2, Brenton Wagner 2, Al Lock, Vince Stewart, Shem Bush tries;
Josh Reid 3 conversions;
Hugo Pike 1 conversion
Hornsby 7 Harry Fox try;
Sam White 1 conversion

Ourimbah 69 Josefa Biu 5, Tyler Jones 2, Jack Stonestreet 2, Oliver Dark, Jayden Pearson tries;
Rob Richardson 7 conversions
The Lakes 12 Harry Pirini, Johnny Feifae tries;
Ross McNair 1 conversion

Kariong 9
Gosford 7
Warnervale 6
Ourimbah 5
Hornsby 5
Terrigal 4
Avoca Beach 2
The Lakes 0
Woy Woy 0

Kariong 35 Avoca Beach 14
Woy Woy 19 Warnervale 3
Gosford 62 Hornsby 3
Ourimbah 10 The Lakes 0

Avoca Beach 33 Kariong 0
Woy Woy 25 Warnervale 7
Gosford 20 Hornsby 0
Ourimbah 28 The Lakes 7
The Entrance 25 Terrigal 5

Avoca Beach 22 Kariong 17
Woy Woy 20 Warnervale 0


t was an even struggle throughout but it was Kariong who scored 3 tries to 1 to secure the victory. Kariong got away to an excellent start and controlled proceedings in tThe 2017 Central Coast Rugby season continued yesterday with some very interesting results. In the Match of the Day, Kariong continued their very good early season form when they defeated Avoca Beach by 22 points to 14 at Kariong Oval. Ihe early stages. They jumped to an early 12 nil lead and by halftime this lead was 12 points to 3 and things were looking very good for them at that stage. The home side definitely did have the better of the first half. However early in the second half it was Avoca Beach who made a good comeback and actually took a 14 points to 12 lead in the match midway through that half. Avoca Beach scored a try and fullback Nathan Brown kicked a couple of vital penalty goals. Bur Kariong quickly hit back to score their third try, and with a late penalty goal, had secured the win. It was a good game of rugby and Kariong showed they will be a force this year in the competition. The outstanding players for Kariong were flankers Lachlan Peruch who had a great game. He was everywhere in attack and defence. He was very well supported by five-eight Ryan Walbank, centre Jim Callaghan and winger Jake Holwill, who crossed for two individual tries. Best players for Avoca Beach were flankers Blake Jacob and Bradd Sheridan, and centre Matt Anderson. The win takes Kariong to the top of the competition ladder at this early point of the season.

Warnervale scored their first win of the season when they defeated Woy Woy by 22 points to 12 at Woongarrah Oval. Warnervale started strongly and took control of the match in the early stages. In fact they dominated the first 40 minutes and as a result were able to go to the halftime break leading by 22 points to nil. They had scored 4 tries in the first half and had already gained their bonus point. Warnervale had several very good players during this period. None were better than flanker Dean Crofsky, while centre Scott Fitzpatrick had a wonderful match scoring 3 tries. It was certainly the start Warnervale wanted. However they were not to score a point in the second half while Woy Woy tried desperately to get back into the match. Woy Woy did score two tries in the second half to reduce the lead but it was not going to be enough. Best player for Woy Woy was flanker Lapana Vitale. Warnervale, like Kariong, have showed they will have a good season based on their performances in the first two rounds.

Ourimbah started their match like a house on fire when they defeated The Lakes by 69 points to 12 at Slade Park. They had scored 3 tries in the opening few minutes of the match to take an early lead. The Lakes were never to recover from this initial onslaught. Ourimbah raced in 11 tries in the match to totally dominate proceedings. Lock Josefa Biu was outstanding, crossing for 5 individual tries. He was well supported by forward Tyler Jones, and backs Jack Stonestreet and Rob Richardson. The Lakes gave it their all but it was not enough on the day. Players like Harry Pirini and Ross McNair never stopped trying.

Gosford also secured their first win of the season when they defeated Hornsby by 43 points to 7 at Gosford Showground. The match was a very even affair in the early stages with both teams displaying some very pleasing rugby. Hornsby did miss opportunities to score early on. However it was Gosford who gradually started to take control and the further the match went on the stronger the home side became, both on the paddock and on the scoreboard. Gosford were able to score 7 tries to 1 and this fact alone shows how effective their win was. Best players for Gosford were backs Josh Reid and Sam Underwood, while forwards Al Lock and Hugo Pike were always very close to the action. Hornsby were best served by Harry Fox and Sam White.

In the President’s Cup on Friday night, The Entrance scored a very good win over Terrigal at Joseph Banks Oval by 24 pints to 5. They played very structured rugby to record their first win if the season. It was a good game of rugby and both teams gave it their all.

CCRU Round 1



Avoca Beach 14 Adrian Jones try, Penalty Try;
Matt Anderson 1 conversion
drew with
Gosford 14 Josh McGlynn try;
Hugo Pike 3 penalty goals

Kariong 29 Jake Holwill 2, Phil Browne, Ryan Walbank tries;
Scott Hanley 3 conversions, 1 penalty goal

Woy Woy 21 Epa Nagwara, Hesekkaia Polalulu tries;
Fokolulu Taumalolo 1 conversion,
3 penalty goals

Terrigal 19 Ethan McInnes, Joe Taylor, Dylan Calabria tries;
Adam Danckert 2 conversions
Warnervale 18 Brennan Wanstall, Zac McGowan tries;
Cameron McNamara 1 conversion,
2 penalty goals

Hornsby 48 Sam White 2, Mitch Fullager 2, Earl Yandall, John O’Donnell, Brian Mudge, Ben Astley tries;
Sam White 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals
The Lakes 19 Broderick Gray 2 tries;
Bill Moroney 3 penalty goals

Hornsby 5
Kariong 5
Terrigal 4
Avoca Beach 2
Gosford 2
Warnervale 1
The Lakes 0
Woy Woy 0
Ourimbah 0

Avoca Beach 20 Gosford 17
Terrigal 8 Warnervale 3
The Lakes 48 Hornsby 0
Woy Woy 26 Kariong 14

Avoca Beach 5 Gosford 0
Terrigal 42 Warnervale 7
The Lakes 20 Hornsby 0
Woy Woy 22 Kariong 12
Ourimbah 25 The Entrance 12

Woy Woy 26 Kariong 7
Avoca Beach 20 Ourimbah 0
Terrigal 20 Warnervale 0


The 2017 Central Coast Rugby season opened with some very interesting matches. There were some close matches, and some unpredictable results. All of the teams would have enjoyed their first competitive hit out of the season and certainly all teams will get stronger and stronger as the season continues as they get their combinations more settled.

In the Match of the Round at Heazlett Park, Avoca Beach scored late in the match to force a 14 all draw against Gosford. Obviously this was a very evenly fought encounter throughout and the result shows it remained that way after 80 minutes. The match started off on a fairly even keel with both teams having opportunities to post points. Avoca Beach then probably took control for awhile and did have a certain territorial advantage in the early stages of the first stanza. But they were simply unable to break through to post any points. The Gosford defence held firm at this stage. The remainder of the first half was a tight struggle. At the halftime break both teams had scored the single try. Gosford had scored a good try through their centre Josh McGlynn, while Avoca Beach posted their five pointer via fullback Adrian Jones. Gosford did lead at the break by 8 points to 7, and it was obvious this match was going to go right down to the wire. Avoca Beach has several very good performers at this stage. Bradd Sheridan was all over the paddock and was certainly playing a leading role for his team. He was well supported by halfback Julian Bacigalupo and prop Josh Meadham. Gosford were being best served by centre Josh McGlynn, flanker Hugo Pike, and Luke Brown. The second half was a dour battle, with Gosford able to convert 2 penalty goals to take the lead by 14 points to 7. With time running out it seemed the Gosford team were to hang on for the victory, but a penalty try late in the match due to a Gosford indiscretion saw the home side square up the match at 14 all. Both teams will take a lot from the match, but both would also rue the real chance they had of notching up a first up victory.

Terrigal came from behind to defeat Warnervale at The Haven Oval. Terrigal won by the single point, by 19 points to 18, in what was a very pleasing game of rugby. Warnervale started well and got away to a great start. They played some concerted and consistent rugby and were able to cross for two early tries. Winger Brennan Wanstall crossed early to open up the scoring. This 5 points to nil lead was soon increased when another very good backline movement saw Zac McGowan cross for an excellent try. The conversion of this try and another penalty goal to Cameron McNamara saw Warnervale lead by 15 points to nil. This was to be the halftime score, and also remained the scoreline for quite awhile into the second half. Warnervale were playing with confidence and an upset was definitely on the cards. However Terrigal at this stage started to put things together in the second stanza. Things were starting to flow for them and as a result they were able to cross for three second half tries. It was a very good comeback but the home side would have been very much concerned for the majority of this match. Terrigal had several good players in the match. Their best was hooker Ethan McInnes. He was able to continue his great form from last year and certainly got his team on the straight and narrow in the second half when it was required. He was supported very well by flanker Sam Kenny and forward Alec Brewin. Warnervale put in a great performance and they will have a great season. Their best players on the day were No.8 Richie Houston, prop Ryan Hazell and winger Brennan Wanstall. Both teams would be pleased with their effort on the day and both teams will take a lot from the encounter.

Kariong also came from behind to defeat Woy Woy at Kariong Oval by 29 points to 21. This was an exciting game of rugby, and although at times becoming quite dour, some excellent tries were scored. Both teams now know they have the potential to have very good seasons and for a first hit out it was a great effort. After a very even start with a penalty goal each, it was Woy Woy who gained the ascendancy. They were able to score their two tries in the first half and went to the halftime break leading by 15 points to 3. It appeared at that stage that they would go on and secure the win. They even went further ahead early in the second half with a penalty goal and led by 18 points to 3 early in the second half. It was at this stage that Kariong suddenly got into gear. Things started to work for them and suddenly they were able to find the gaps. At the midway point of the second half Woy Woy still led by 21 points to 10 but three late tries to Kariong saw them grab the lead and then secure the win on fulltime. Kariong had several very good players. Five-eight Ryan Wallbank played well and scored the vital final try. He was very wells supported by No.8 Phil Brown, winger Jake Holwill, who crossed for 2 tries, and half back Scott Hanley. Hanley led by example and kept working on his forwards to keep going. Woy Woy played well, and although faltering a little towards the end of the match, will get stronger and stronger as the season progresses. They were best served by centre Iliesa Rokodrega, who was always dangerous with the ball in hand, and forwards Nick Garnett and Kane Burns never stopped. Flanker Lapana Vitale was good all day and was always a threat.

Hornsby jumped to the top of the competition ladder with a pleasing win over The Lakes at Hornsby, running out victors by 48 points to 19. They were able to cross for 8 tries to 2 and that was a good indicator of the flow of the match. Hornsby led by 25 points to 10 at the halftime break, but it was late in the second half that they were able to take total control of the match. The home side was able to cross for three very late tries to build up the big lead. Sam White was excellent for Hornsby, scoring 2 tries and kicking 3 goals. He was well supported by Mitch Fullager, Ben Astley and Brian Mudge. The Lakes gave it their all and will be much stronger for the run. They were best served by winger Broderick Gray who crossed for 2 tries. He was well supported by Shae O’Brien, Bill Moroney and Harry Pirini.

In the President’s Cup on Friday night, Ourimbah made a successful return to this competition when they defeated The Entrance by 25 points to 12. It was a good game of rugby and both teams gave it their all. It was a pleasing night of rugby to open up the 2017 rugby season here on the Coast.


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