CCRU Round 12

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

PREMIER 1

Kariong 46
Brandon Shillingsworth 3, Robert Brown, Philip Brown, Justin Walker, Ryan Wallbank tries;
Scott Hanley 4 conversions, 1 penalty goal
defeated
Warnervale 20
Josh Holman, Tevita Moala tries;
Cameron McNamara 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals

Ourimbah 24
Ryan Fenning, Brenton Law, Jarrod Grange, Matt King tries;
Ryan Fenning 2 conversions
defeated
Gosford 10
Shae Neist, Luke Brown tries

Avoca Beach 29
Elliott Dawkins, Blake Jacob, Chad Martin, Mick Arnold tries;
Connor Kondrat 3 conversions, 1 penalty goal
defeated
Hornsby 12
Nick Franke, Ben Astley tries;
Sam White 1 conversion

Terrigal 64
Brent Merritt, Dylan Calabria 3, Pat Niurua, Adam Dankert, Ryan Metcalfe tries;
Adam Danckert 7 conversions
defeated
The Lakes 3
Ross McNair 1 penalty goal

PREMIER 1 POINTS TABLE
Terrigal 47
Ourimbah 37
Kariong 37
Avoca Beach 30
Woy Woy 29
Warnervale 26
Gosford 18
The Lakes 8
Hornsby 6

PREMIER 2
Warnervale 17 Kariong 0
Gosford 18 Ourimbah 16
Avoca Beach 67 Hornsby 0
Terrigal 33 The Lakes 3

PRESIDENTS CUP
Warnervale 12 Kariong 7
Gosford 24 Ourimbah 0
Avoca Beach 20 Hornsby 0
Terrigal 52 The Lakes 0
The Entrance 22 Woy Woy 5

COLTS
Avoca Beach 20 Terrigal 19
Kariong 24 Woy Woy 7

REPORT :
Round 12 of Central Coast Rugby Union saw some very close matches, and the competition ladder remains just as close. It all builds to an exciting final 6 rounds of rugby where teams will be trying to cement spots in the Finals Series for this year.
In the Match of the Day, Kariong cemented their good position on the ladder with a 46 points to 20 victory over Warnervale at Kariong Oval. This was an important win for Kariong, but also places pressure on Warnervale from now on to secure those necessary wins. Kariong got away to an excellent start and took the early lead. In fact they generally dominated the first half and they went to the halftime break leading by 22 points to 3 lead. It appeared at that stage that things were comfortably secured but Warnervale would have had different thoughts. Kariong played good rugby in that first half and fully deserved their lead. Best players for Kariong were lock Robert Brown, fullback Jake Holwill, who was always dangerous with the ball in hand, and flanker Lachlan Peruch. Another feature of the match were the 3 tries scored by young winger Brandon Shillingsworth. Kariong continued in much the same vein in the second half and went on to further increase their lead. However Warnervale were not to be denied. They put in a far better effort in the second half and were able to cross for two good tries. The second stanza was a far more even contest with scores in that second period being 24-20 but all the damage had been done in the first half. Warnervale had several good players, and these included halfback Josh Holman, lock Tevita Moala, who both scored tries, and lock Kevin McNamara. A pleasing win by Kariong, but a result that will see Warnervale regroup and try to get back on track in the coming weeks.

Ourimbah defeated Gosford at Gosford Showground by 24 points to 10 in what proved a good game of rugby. Ourimbah started the match brilliantly and had crossed for 2 tries within the opening 6 minutes of the start of the match and it almost seemed that the match was almost decided. This 12 points to nil lead however was quickly reduced when Gosford crossed also for an early try. The score remained 12-5 then for much of the remainder of the first half. The match had then developed into a real battle with plenty of action from one end of the field to the other. Ourimbah and Gosford both did score close to halftime and this made the halftime score 17 points to 10 in favour of the visitors. There was not too much between the two teams for much of this first half and both teams felt they were in with a chance. The second half was much the same. There was very little scoring by either team although both teams had their chances to post further points. It was not until late in the match that the victory was secured by the visitors when Ourimbah crossed for their fourth try to secure the win. It was a good effort by both teams and they put on an open display of rugby. Best players for Ourimbah were No.8 Jarrod Grange, centre Brenton Law, halfback Matt King and winger Caleb Pritchard. Best efforts put in for Gosford were by prop Grant Sullivan, lock Luke Brown and five-eight Josh McGlynn. Ourimbah maintain their position near the top of the table, while Gosford will look to rebuild in the remaining rounds of this year’s competition and will start to look towards next year. Gosford will trouble teams for the remainder of this year but they now realise they cannot make the Top Four this year.

Avoca Beach struggled early on but were able to come from behind to defeat Hornsby at Heazlett Park by 29 points to 12. Hornsby started very well and played the far better rugby in the first half. They took an early 12 points to nil lead in the match and were definitely setting the pace. They were controlling things in the forwards and backs and the home team had no answer. Avoca Beach did get back into the match late in the half when they crossed for their first try. So at halftime Hornsby led by 12 points to 5 and an upset win looked like a distinct possibility. However it was Avoca Beach team who gradually gained the ascendancy in the second half and were able to post 24 unanswered points in the second half to secure the win. Best players for Avoca Beach were Blake Jacob, Elliott Dawkins and Chad Martin, while for Hornsby the best performers were No.8 Lochie Skulander, Aaron Duncan and Mitch Fullager. It was a pleasing performance by both teams. Hornsby proved they can trouble all teams, while Avoca Beach, who may not have played their best rugby, did secure a bonus point win and they have gained a spot in the Top Four.

Terrigal were convincing winners over The Lakes and ran out winners by 64 points to 3 at Slade Park. It was one way traffic from start to finish and Terrigal continued on their undefeated run to the Finals. Terrigal crossed for 10 tries, and The Lakes had absolutely no answers to their attack. It was a tough day for the home team and they will need to regroup for the remaining matches this season. Best for Terrigal were Dylan Calabria and Brent Merritt, who both crossed for 3 tries each, while Ross McNair never stopped trying for The Lakes.

In President’s Cup, The Entrance continued their good recent form when they defeated Woy Woy by 22 points to 5 at Joseph Banks Oval.

CCRU Round 11

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

PREMIER 1

Woy Woy 39
Hesekkaia Polaulu 2, Daniel King, Luke Ingold, Fokolulu Taumalolo, Mitch Hyde tries
Jake Cucek 3 conversions, 1 penalty goal
defeated
Warnervale 11
Atunaisha Turagabeci try
Cameron McNamara 2 penalty goals

Kariong 14
Mitch Clay try
Scott Hanley 3 penalty goals
defeated
Avoca Beach 10
Mitch Jacob try
Connor Kondrat conversion, penalty goal

Gosford 34
Drew Neist 2, Chad Sneyd, Hugo Pike, Sam Underwood, Adam Howe tries
Josh Reid 2 conversions
defeated
Hornsby 6
Sam White 2 penalty goals

Ourimbah 48
Jordan Clark 2, Owen Turner 2, Callam Mead, Josefa Biu, Brenton Law, Oliver Dark tries
Jarrod Grange 4 conversions
defeated
The Lakes 12
Macui Raulini, Esala Bola tries
Ross McNair conversion

PREMIER 1 POINTS TABLE
Terrigal 42
Ourimbah 32
Kariong 32
Woy Woy 29
Warnervale 26
Avoca Beach 25
Gosford 18
The Lakes 8
Hornsby 6

PREMIER 2
Warnervale 29 Woy Woy 26
Avoca Beach 47 Kariong 0
Gosford 29 Hornsby 0
Ourimbah 26 The Lakes 5

PRESIDENTS CUP
Woy Woy 78 Warnervale 17
Avoca Beach 28 Kariong 10
Gosford 83 Hornsby 0
Ourimbah 80 The Lakes 0
The Entrance 15 Terrigal 0

COLTS
Woy Woy 27 Terrigal 15
Kariong 22 Avoca Beach 0

REPORT :
Round 11 saw the places on the competition ladder shuffled once again, leaving the Final Four still an open race between the top six Clubs at this stage.

Woy Woy dominated proceedings at Woy Woy Oval, defeating Warnervale by 39 points to 11. Woy Woy got off to a good start and were always in control of this Match of the Day. They led by 22 points to 6 at the half time break with Warnervale scoring soon after half-time to close the gap to 22-11, but Woy Woy then put their foot on the accelerator and were unstoppable for the remainder of the match. The Lions ran in 6 tries to 1 and showed everyone what they can do when they have a good day. Woy Woy’s captain Kane Burns was best on field for the home side while Matt Willmott put in a strong effort for Warnervale. The win jumps Woy Woy over Warnervale into the Top Four where they will want to remain for the next seven weeks.

Kariong won a very tight match over Avoca Beach, 14 points to 10, at Heazlett Park. Kariong led by 11 points to 3 at half-time and managed to hold out Avoca in the second half through some courageous defence. Avoca just could not break through Kariong’s defence and when the pressure was on, the home side made some bad decisions to lose their opportunities to score. The backline pairing of Ryan Wallbank and Mitch Clay were once again the best players for the Wanderers while Emile Thomas, in his 200th First Grade game for the Sharks, played his usual strong game. The win holds Kariong in second spot, though they’ve been equalled by Ourimbah, while Avoca grab a handy bonus point to close the gap between themselves and the five teams above them on the competition ladder.

Gosford did what was needed to claim a 34 points to 6 win over Hornsby at Mark Taylor Oval. It was close game in which Gosford slowly gained the ascendancy and ended up scoring six tries to none, but missed most of the conversions to keep the score tight. The Red Devils led by 10 points to 6 at half-time and knew they had to go up a gear to claim this win, they did that and ran in the necessary tries. The second row pairing of Luke Brown and Chad Sneyd were the best players on field for the visitors, while Hornsby’s hooker John King was best for his side.

Ourimbah was able to claim a 48 points to 12 win over The Lakes at Ourimbah Rugby Park, but the score does not reflect how close this game was. It took over twenty minutes for any points to be scored, and it was Ourimbah who scored the first try and then quickly their second, to lead 14-0. The Lakes hit back to make it 14-7, while Ourimbah scored right on half time to go into the break up by 19 points to 7. The Lakes were let down in the second half by some ill discipline and Ourimbah took advantage of their lack of structured play and ended up running in eight tries to one. The win puts Ourimbah into second place and The Lakes showed that they are not to be taken lightly.

The Entrance had a good 15 points to 0 win over Terrigal in the President’s Cup competition. Josh Finney scored the two tries for the Rams in his side’s win which puts them one win away from the Top Four of this grade.

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.

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