CCRU Preview round 3



SATURDAY, 21st APRIL, 2018

The Match of the Round this Saturday sees The Lakes in their third successive ‘Match of the Day’ when they take on reigning Premiers Terrigal at Slade Park. The battle between these two undefeated teams should be a beauty. The Lakes have taken all before them this season so far and have had great wins against Gosford and Ourimbah. They are also at home this Saturday so they will see themselves having a wonderful chance to upset the Terrigal team. The visitors are coming off a bye after having a win against Kariong in the first round. It all makes for a great game of rugby. Terrigal played well against Kariong but did falter a little in the second half in that match as Kariong played strong rugby in that second period. Terrigal will want to be on their game for the full 80 minutes against this revitalised the Lakes team. The home side will be full of confidence because of their great results in the first two rounds, and they will be most keen to continue their winning way and to defeat last year’s premier side. There will be a large crowd on hand to witness this match at Budgewoi.

Ourimbah travel to Gosford Showground to play Gosford in what has developed into a very traditional rivalry over many years. These two sides certainly like to defeat each other and Saturday will be no different. Ourimbah are coming off a loss at home and will be most keen to quickly get back on track. Gosford had a hard fought win over Hornsby last week and they will be most keen to improve on that this weekend. Ourimbah will go into the fixture as slight favourites despite last week’s result. They are last year’s Grand Finalists, but with Gosford at home anything could happen. Another very interesting encounter to say the least.

Kariong are hosts to Warnervale at Kariong Oval on Saturday. Both teams lost last week in very close encounters and both will be most keen to get into the winner’s circle this Saturday. Kariong last week scored 4 tries to 1 but still lost the match. They would be still searching for answers about that one. Kariong are yet to get a win this season but have been close, very close. It will be no easier on the weekend because Warnervale are playing very good rugby. Warnervale have had a win and a loss this season, and their loss last week would have been most disappointing. They will be keen to quickly get back on the victory dais. Kariong have the home ground advantage and that may be the only difference between these two very evenly teams.

Avoca Beach and Hornsby meet at Heazlett Park and the home side will go into this clash as favourites. Avoca beach are at home and they also had a tight but pleasing win last Saturday. They will be keen to take advantage of being at home. Hornsby have started the season well but have yet to get that vital first win. They are away from home again this Saturday and they will find the trip to Avoca Beach a difficult one.

The Entrance will play Woy Woy in President’s Cup at Joseph Banks Oval on Saturday. The Entrance have lost both their matches so far this season and will be looking to get their first victory this weekend.

The Central Coast Women’s 7’s goes in to its third week this Saturday. The rugby played by the women has attracted very good interest so far and it should be no different this weekend.

CCRU Preview round 2

SATURDAY, 14th APRIL, 2018

The Match of the Round this Saturday sees Ourimbah at home to The Lakes at Ourimbah Rugby Park. Both teams are coming off very good wins last Saturday and both will be most keen to secure another victory. Ourimbah proved too strong for Woy Woy last week and they did play some very good rugby to get the win. They appear at this stage of the season to have a very well balanced team and they do have threats all across the paddock. The Lakes had a wonderful opening win against Gosford and they dominated that match from start to finish. They have a very solid forward pack but also some very exciting attacking weapons out wide. It will be a most interesting clash and how they compete against last year’s Grand Finalists Ourimbah holds huge interest and should attract a good crowd at Ourimbah. They probably will not have it as easy as last week but The Lakes team do appear to have the strike power to be a threat to all teams this year. Ourimbah are at home for the first time this year and that is a real advantage. This will be a match where the result will be sought with huge interest.

Warnervale have their second match in a row at home at Woongarrah Oval when they meet visitors Woy Woy. Warnervale had an efficient win last Saturday against Hornsby but will be most keen to improve on that effort this coming Saturday. Warnervale had an excellent first half but they allowed Hornsby to get back into the match in the second half. Woy Woy pushed Ourimbah last week but just could not good the necessary win. The will be keen to get their first win this Saturday. Warnervale are at home and this is a huge advantage as most teams find it difficult to overcome the hosts at this venue. Coach Dave Appleby will have his charges all fired up for this clash with John Stokie’s Woy Woy team. Both coaches know what to expect from the opposition and both teams will be fully prepared for a great game of rugby.

Avoca Beach has their first hit out of the season when they take on visitors Kariong at home at Heazlett Park. This match will be very close. Kariong had a great second half last week against Terrigal and showed they have the potential to have another very good season. They allowed Terrigal to get away to a too good of a start last Saturday and they will be most keen for that not to happen against Avoca Beach this coming Saturday. Avoca Beach are at home which is a huge advantage for them. But as stated above it is their first match of the season so it will take time for them to sort things out. Kariong are a team with a pleasing combination of youth and experience while Avoca Beach will rely heavily on their young players coming though. This will be an exciting game of rugby and the result could go either way.

Gosford will be most keen to get quickly back on track after their big loss last week so will be primed for their match against Hornsby at Carrington Street Oval. Gosford simply did not get going last week and were barely able to get their hands on the ball against a very good and fired up The Lakes team. Hornsby were also first round losers but played well. They had a great second half against Warnervale last Saturday but they simply could not catch them on them scoreboard. They will be keen to more consistent this Saturday and to get away to a far better start in the match. This clash should be tight and both teams will be extremely keen to get their first win of the season.

The Entrance will play Terrigal in President’s Cup at The Haven Oval on Saturday. The Entrance lost last week to Avoca Beach but were competitive for the entire match. They come up against a Terrigal team that will be fronting up for their first match of the season. It will be interesting.

The Central Coast Women’s 7’s competition continues this Saturday. It was a very good opening series of matches last Saturday and it should be no different this weekend.

CCRU 2017 Premier 1 Pointstable
1 The Lakes 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 55 15 3.67  
2 Ourimbah 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 24 8 3.00  
3 Terrigal 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 30 17 1.76  
4 Warnervale 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 10 2.00  
5 Kariong 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 17 30 0.57  
6 Hornsby 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 10 20 0.50  
7 Woy Woy 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 8 24 0.33  
8 Gosford 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 15 55 0.27  
9 Avoca Beach 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
CCRU 2017 Premier 2 Pointstable
1 Terrigal 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 64 7 9.14   U
2 Warnervale 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 31 7 4.43   U
3 The Lakes 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 29 7 4.14  
4 Ourimbah 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 10 1.40  
5 Woy Woy 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 10 14 0.71  
6 Gosford 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 7 29 0.24  
7 Hornsby 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 7 31 0.23   U
8 Kariong 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 7 64 0.11   U
9 Avoca Beach 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
CCRU Women's 7's Points Table
1 Woy Woy RC 14 3 3 0 0 2 0 91 10 9.10   U
2 Hornsby RC 8 3 2 1 0 0 0 24 50 0.48   U
3 Avoca Beach RC 5 3 1 2 0 1 0 36 50 0.72   U
4 Ourimbah RC 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 26 67 0.39   U
5 The Lakes RC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00  
5 Terrigal RC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00  
5 Warnervale RC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

CCRU Preview Round 1


Central Coast Rugby Union

The opening round of the 2018 season sees potentially very close matches in all four encounters. It is an excellent opening round with all teams feeling they have a realistic chance of victory. All clubs have kept player movement very close to their chests so far this year so it is most difficult to see who is favourite in any match in Round 1. All matches could warrant ‘Match of the Day’ status and it would appear all matches will be tight.

The Match of the Round however sees The Lakes at home to Gosford at Slade Park. The reason for this that The Lakes will be making the day a 20 year reunion of their victory over Gosford in the Grand Final in 1998. That particular clash was the last sporting match that was played at the old Graham Park oval. The Lakes have also had a wonderful preseason winning several competitions. However most of these competitions were 7-a-side so it will be interesting to see how they convert this style of rugby to the 15-a-side format. From all reports they have strengthened up in the off season and will be hoping for a great start start to this 2018 season and for that form to continue all year. These two clubs have different coaches this year with Andrew Long moving from The Entrance club to take the reins at The Lakes. Gosford will have club stalwart Adam Carlisle back in charge. Carlisle has won a Premier 1 Premiership in recent years and he has the experience and know-how to have another good year with the Gosford team. This match, like all the others, will be very difficult to predict and it will take a few weeks to see how each team is to perform. With new coaches on deck, and new players on the roster, it will take several weeks to see how these teams will measure up this year. This is a very interesting fixture to commence the 2018 season.

Woy Woy are at home to Ourimbah at Woy Woy Oval and this is another match in which it is impossible to predict the victor. Unlike the two teams mentioned above, these two teams have the same coaches as last year. John Stokie is again at the helm at Woy Woy while Brett Marchant will take the reins again at Ourimbah. Ourimbah were defeated in the Grand Final last year at this venue so they will be most keen to commence the season at Woy Woy Oval with a win. They will be ultimately aiming to go one better this season and take out the Premiership. However that is a long way off. Woy Woy are at home and they will be very hard to defeat. Woy Woy have probably had the best build up up of any team during the preseason with several good trial matches but it starts next Saturday. This will be a close encounter and there should be a big crowd on hand to see the clash at Woy Woy

The 2017 Premiers Terrigal travel to Kariong Oval to take on Kariong. This is another clash which will be most interesting. Terrigal knocked Kariong out of the Finals Series last year, and then went on to win the Premiership. Terrigal will be out to prove that win was no fluke while Kariong would like to inflict some revenge on them for that loss last year. Both teams are coached by the same people as last year. Terrigal will be in the hands of Chester Scott and Craig McWilliam this year and they have already worked hard during the off season to see if Terrigal can win their third Premiership on the trot. All the other teams will be seeking to knock them off that pedestal in 2018 and Kariong will be the first to try to do that. Kariong will once again be under the control of Chris Downie. Terrigal will go into the clash as quite firm favourites because they are the reigning Premiers but anything could happen in these early rounds.

Warnrevale will host Hornsby at Woongarrah Oval on Saturday. Warnervale made the Finals last year and would have been most disappointed on how they exited the competition last year. They will be most keen to start the season with a win especially as the match is at home. From all reports both these clubs have had very good off seasons. Warnervale will be essentially the same team but they will be that much better because of last year’s experience and also because of their efforts in the Finals. Dave Appleby is once again coaching Warnervale and he will have his team primed to perfection to ensure they start the season in great form. Hornsby have a new coach in Peter White and his very structured lead up to the season proper will have his team fully prepared for this clash. Both teams will be most keen to start the season with a win.

The Entrance are playing only President’s Cup again this year and will meet Avoca Beach in the one grade at Joseph Banks Oval on Saturday, with the kickoff time being 2 pm. The Entrance had a very successful year last year and just missed out on the Finals Series. They will be hoping to continue on from that in this encounter. Avoca Beach will have some very experienced players in their lineup from all reports and this should see them start the season with a win.

Saturday also sees the start of the Central Coast Women’s 7’s competition. All the teams with 7’s teams will be competing in a round robin series of matches at Joseph Banks Oval between 11 am and 2 pm, prior to the The Entrance versus Avoca Beach President’s Cup match. Each team will play several games to commence their 2018 competition. The teams involved on Saturday are Woy Woy, Ourimbah, Warnervale, Hornsby, Avoca Beach, Terrigal, and The Lakes.