CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION PREVIEW SATURDAY, 23rd JUNE, 2018 ROUND 10
This coming Saturday ses the start of the second half of the 2018 central caost rugby Union season. Theer are still many questions unanswered and thwre is no defintevnaswer on which teams will readh the Garnd Final in September.This round sees the halfway point of the season and there are still many unknowns about the competition standings this year. Positions in the Top Four are still very much up for grabs, and all matches will obviously have a bearing on the makeup of that Top Four.
The Match of the Day will be at Ourimbah Rugby Park where Ourimbah will host the Woy Woy team that has shown excellent form recently. Both teams are coming off wonderful wins last week so they both will be keen to continue that trend on Saturday. Ourimbah are sitting at the top of the competition ladder and because of that all teams want to topple them from that position. Woy Woy were good last week in their win over Terrigal so they will see no reason why they cannot claim another big scalp this weekend. Ourimbah will go into the clash as slight favourites. The reason for this is that they are at home and the fact that they have probably been the most consistent team this year. It will be a battle. Both teams will need to play out the full 80 minutes to get the win. Both teams have been a little guilt of playing in patches, where they have gained a great lead but then have let it slip. Woy Woy are currently in fourth spot and will want to stay there or even improve on that. They know there are several teams just behind them biting at their heels so a win on Saturday would greatly relieve the competition pressure. It should be an excellent game of rugby.
Kariong travel to Terrigal to do battle at The Haven Oval. Terrigal lost at home last Saturday and they will be most keen to change all that this coming Saturday.
The Entrance President’s Cup team travel to Heazlett Park this coming Saturday to tale on Avoca Beach. This will be a hard fought and tight encounter throughout.
The Women’s 7’s continues again on Saturday. All six teams continue the battle this Saturday, and all teams still have a very good opportunity of making the semi-finals this year.
CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION PREVIEW SATURDAY, 16th JUNE, 2018 ROUND 9
This round sees the halfway point of the season and there are still many unknowns about the competition standings this year. Positions in the Top Four are still very much up for grabs, and all matches will obviously have a bearing on the makeup of that Top Four.
The Match of the Day sees Woy Woy travel to The Haven Oval to play Terrigal. Both these teams were winners in their last outing and both teams will be keen to get another win under their belts. Terrigal will want to win to keep in touch with Ourimbah, while Woy Woy need a win to be able to get back into a semi-final position. It all makes for a very even encounter. Terrigal played well in their last win over Warnervale 2 weeks ago, while Woy Woy got home in a close one over Kariong. Terrigal have a very good all round team. They have an excellent set of loose forwards led by Ryan Metcalfe, and a very efficient set of backs with experience, youth and speed within that backline. Injuries have disrupted their front row this season and the team is still working on that area to establish their strongest combination. Woy Woy will have to be more consistent for the entire 80 minutes if they are to get the win on Saturday. Woy Woy have had some great wins this season already but also some quite disappointing losses. This is such an important match for both teams so it should prove an enthralling match from start to finish.
The Lakes are at home to Avoca Beach at Slade Park, and this match, like the one described above, is so important. The Lakes will see this as a great chance to possibly sneak back into the Top Four. Avoca Beach have been playing well all year and are currently sitting in 2nd spot on the ladder. So a win to the home side would be greatly beneficial both in terms of the competition ladder but also for their team confidence. The Lakes hit form in their last outing with a good win over Hornsby but they will need to play out the full 80 minutes if they are to challenge and defeat Avoca Beach. Avoca Beach are coming off a close win over Gosford but they know any trip up north to Slade Park is always a dangerous one in terms of getting a win. Like the game above, this is a clash between a team just out of the Top Four and a team in it. This match will go right down to the wire and there will be nothing in the result at the 80 minute mark.
Ourimbah return from the bye to meet Warnervale at Ourimbah Rugby Park. Ourimbah have not played for 3 weeks due to the Long Weekend break and a bye before that, so they will be totally freshened up and free of niggling injuries. They may also be a little rusty because of the break. Warnervale went down in a tight one to Terrigal in their last hit out but they know that a win is so crucial for them this Saturday. Warnervale are currently sitting in fourth spot but they have 2 teams breathing down their neck. Both Woy Woy and The Lakes know if they win and Ourimbah win, the Top Four will change significantly. Warnervale would be totally aware of this. Ourimbah will be tough to defeat in this clash as they have been the form team this year. They are also at home and this makes them even tougher to overcome. Warnervale are a good team and do have the players to cause a small upset but they will have to play well to get that victory. This is another very exciting match where there is so much to play for.
The local derby between Kariong and Gosford at Kariong Oval will not be for the faint hearted. Kariong still have an outside chance of reaching the semi-finals but they know they must win this game. These two teams have had some real intense battles over the years and both teams really do enjoy defeating the other. It will be a struggle from start to finish. The rivalry between the two teams, and between some of the individuals in both teams, have made this match as one of the highlight games of the season for these two clubs. Gosford, despite their position on the competition ladder, showed in their last outing that they are playing well and settling into some good form. They were just defeated by Avoca Beach in that match, and Kariong will be fully aware of that. This will be a tight one throughout and the result will go right down to the wire.
The Entrance President’s Cup team have a bye this coming Saturday.
The Women’s 7’s continues again on Saturday. After last week’s washout the teams will be keen to get onto the paddock this Saturday. A feature of the day on Saturday will be the clash between the Avoca Beach and Hornsby teams just prior to Premier 1 clash at Kariong Oval.
CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION PREVIEW SATURDAY, 2nd JUNE, 2018 ROUND 8
As the competition enters Round 8, things are proving increasingly interesting in terms of the Premiership race. There is a distinct Top Four at present but there are several teams just behind these teams and most keen to jump into those positions.
All matches on Saturday could rate as ‘Match of the Day’ status. All matches have significance in terms of the race to the end of the season. Ourimbah, who are leading the competition, have the bye, but will stay at the top but all the 4 matches will have a bearing on the competition ladder.
The match at Woongarrah Oval between Warnervale and Terrigal will be interesting. Both these teams lost last week so both will be most keen to quickly get back into the winner’s circle. Although both teams lost, they did play well and fought hard. They are also both still in the Top Four but they know that a loss on Saturday could see their position on the ladder severely threatened. So it all makes for a most exciting tussle. Warnervale will be tough at home. They have done well there this year and they will be hoping that this trend to continue. There is a certain amount of feeling between the two teams but also a lot of respect. Warnervale coach, Dave Appleby, did coach the Premier 1 team at Terrigal for several years, so he would very much like to inflict a defeat on them this coming weekend. Terrigal will rely heavily on their experienced players, such as Sekope Maea, Ryan Metcalfe and Mitch Hirst, to get them home. Warnervale are a far younger team and will need to play well for the full eighty minutes to overcome this experience. It should be a great game of rugby.
The battle at Woy Woy Oval between Woy Woy and Kariong is vital. Woy Woy have fallen away in recent weeks but they know a win will see them keep in contact with the competition leaders. Woy Woy have now lost two matches on the trot and they cannot afford to lose another if they wish to make the Top Four. They are always that little bit stronger at home and should go into the match as very slight favourites on Saturday. However they are up against a team that got its first win of the season last week and will be brimful of confidence. Despite only having the one win this year Kariong have played some good rugby. They fought hard last week to defeat The Lakes in a close one so they showed they can play for the full 80 minutes. This match is crucial and should show much tension and intensity from start to finish.
The Lakes will host Hornsby at Slade Park at the weekend in what is also such a crucial match. The Lakes need to get a win, like Woy Woy, if they are to get back into Top Four contentions. The Lakes led the competition early on in the season and would very much like to be near the top again. Despite losing recent matches, they have played some pleasing rugby and have had some close losses. They would feel a victory is almost a necessity on Saturday if they are to challenge the leading teams this year. Hornsby had a surprise victory last weekend when they defeated Woy Woy at home. They will be full of exuberance after that win and they will be keen to continue on in the same vein in this clash with The Lakes. The home ground advantage will be a plus for The Lakes but they know they will be in for a battle. This will be another close encounter.
Avoca Beach travel to Gosford Showground to play Gosford in what normally would be an obvious ‘Match of the Day” in previous years. However at present Gosford are trialling the field while Avoca Beach are sitting pretty in second spot. Based on their current positions on the competition ladder, it would seem obvious that Avoca Beach would go into this encounter as distinct favourites. However there is a real rivalry between the two teams as they would very like to defeat each other. The two teams are coached by friends, and fellow representative players from the past, Justin Staben at Avoca Beach, and Adam Carlisle at Gosford, so there will be no shortage of rivalry and intensity on Saturday. Avoca Beach will have to be careful as Gosford are at home and are desperate for a win.
The Entrance President’s Cup team meets Ourimbah at Joseph Banks Oval on Friday night in a match which will see the result go down to the very final minutes. The Entrance had a morale boosting victory last week, as did Ourimbah, so it is most difficult to predict a winner.
The Women’s 7’s continues again on Saturday. The matches have been a surprise packet this year and have created huge interest. The matches this Saturday are as follows : Terrigal v. Warnervale Hornsby v. Ourimbah Woy Woy v. Avoca Beach
CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION PREVIEW SATURDAY, 26th MAY, 2018 ROUND 7
The rugby union competition on the Central Coast is certainly hotting up. Almost every game now has a bearing on who will make the Finals this year. There is a Top Four at present but there are quite a few teams just behind and obviously keen to get into that position.
The Match of the Day on Saturday sees a repeat of last year’s Grand Final combatants, Ourimbah and Terrigal. They meet at Ourimbah Rugby Park in a match which will attract a huge crowed on Saturday. These two teams are also currently leading the 2018 competition so the result this weekend will tell us a lot about the Premiership prospects of both teams. Both teams are coming off good wins last Saturday and are obviously in fine fettle. Ourimbah easily accounted for Kariong, after a slow start, while Terrigal had a great first half to defeat Hornsby. Both teams will need however to play out the full 80 minutes if they are to win this match. Both teams have a large contingent of representative players in their teams, and both teams have a real combination of youth and experience. Terrigal have strength throughout the team but injuries have meant some juggling of players in their front row. The battle in the forwards will be the key. Whoever gets on top in this area will get the win. The backs do cancel themselves out to some extent although Terrigal do have a very experienced and in form backline. The home advantage may be factor and will assist Ourimbah in their quest for victory. Ourimbah will rely on players such as Matt King, Josefa Biu, Jarrod Grange, and Brett Cunningham to lead from the front, while Terrigal will rely heavily on the experience of Sekope Maea, Alex Brewin, Dylan Calabria and Ryan Metcalfe. It will be a battle royal from start to finish and may prove to be the rugby match of the season so far.
Another equally important match will be at Heazlett Park where the home team Avoca Beach will host Warnervale. These are the other two teams in the current Top Four. They will want to stay there, and they are fully aware that there are several teams just behind them on the competition ladder. Both Avoca Beach and Warnervale have had great wins in recent weeks so are certainly playing the right type of rugby. Avoca Beach have accounted for Terrigal and Woy Woy and have been a surprise packet to some extent this year with their form. The same could be said for Warnervale. They have also only had the one loss this season, and that was a close one. Avoca Beach at home are always very difficult to defeat and Warnervale will find that out on Saturday. This match is ‘even stevens’ so it will be the team who put in the full 80 minutes who will come out the victor. This is another cracking game of rugby on the Central Coast this coming Saturday.
Kariong are at home to The Lakes at Kariong Oval. Both these teams are desperate for a win. Kariong have been playing quite well but simply cannot get their first win. They will need it soon. The Lakes led the competition early on but have faltered of late. They will be keen to get back into the winners circle to keep in touch with the current leading teams. The Lakes took all before them early on but have not had a win since those first two rounds. This match will be close. Both teams have so much to play for and so it will be willing from start to finish. Kariong are at home which will help but both teams know how to score tries, so plenty should be on display on Saturday.
Hornsby are at home on Saturday and they play the Woy Woy team at Mark Taylor Oval. Both teams are coming off a loss and of course will be keen to get a win. Woy Woy will be favoured to win this clash but it will definitely not be easy. If Hornsby play like they did in the second half against Terrigal last Saturday, Woy Woy are in for a most difficult afternoon. Hornsby have played some outstanding rugby this year like they proved a few weeks ago against Kariong but they have to get a good start and maintain the form. Woy Woy would still be smarting from the loss to Avoca Beach last Saturday and will be keen to rectify that quickly this Saturday.
The Entrance President’s Cup team meets Gosford at Joseph Banks Oval on Saturday in a match that is difficult to predict the winner. The Entrance were last minute losers last Saturday so will be keen to reverse that this Saturday.