SATURDAY, 9th September, 2017

The Preliminary Final on Saturday at Woy Woy Oval sees a most interesting game of rugby. The match sees two teams coming from two very different scenarios in their last encounter. Terrigal would be most disappointed at having lost their undefeated record last Saturday against Ourimbah, while Kariong are coming off a great victory two weeks ago when they accounted for Warnervale and will be full of confidence. It all makes for an exciting game of rugby on Saturday.

The Premier 1 Preliminary Final between Terrigal and Kariong should be an enthralling game of rugby. Terrigal will go into the clash as firm favourites on the basis that they have defeated Kariong in both their fixtures this year, and were undefeated up until last week. Terrigal have been hit with quite a few injuries in recent weeks so they will have to quickly get back on track and they need to reassert themselves right from the very start in this match. Many supporters would have expected Terrigal to have made the Grand Final directly but it will be Terrigal who will have to fight hard to get their though this Saturday’s match. Kariong will definitely not be easy. They have had a week’s break so will be freshened up and ready to go. Kariong, after a slow start, were very good in the Minor Semifinal and finished strongly to grab the victory. They would have taken a lot from that clash and now they realise they are only one win from making the Grand Final. Kariong will rely heavily on a concerted forward effort. Players such as Phil Brown, Josh Bottero, Blake Silvester and Ricky Walker will have to lead from the front. If they can match the Terrigal eight they will be a chance in this Preliminary Final. Kariong do have the backs to make effective use of any good ball they receive. A worrying fact for the Kariong team was their last performance against Terrigal. They were not good and were beaten quite decisively. They would have learnt much from that contest and if they adopt measures to overcome the problems they had that day, they will be in with a chance. Terrigal would have been hugely deflated after last Saturday’s result so will need to be mentally strong to overcome that disappointment. Terrigal will rely on players such as Sam Kenny, Nathan McInnes, Ryan Metcalfe, Adam Danckert, Sekope Maea and Dan Sargeant to hit back strongly and to tale the initiative early on in this encounter. There is so much at stake in this match. The winner gets to go straight into the Grand Final while the loser sees end of their season. Terrigal would very much like to have another battle with Ourimbah, while Kariong would very much desire to get to the big one for the first time in many years. It is all to play for on Saturday.

The Premier 2 Preliminary Final will be a battle between Ourimbah and The Lakes. It is very difficult to decide which way this match will go. Ourimbah were never really in the match last week against Terrigal and they will know they will have to start well against The Lakes if they are going to reach the Grand Final. The Lakes were good in their Minor Semifinal contest two weeks ago. They are a young team who will attempt to score tries from all sections of the ground. They are an exciting team to watch however they will need to be fully aware of the structure of the Ourimbah outfit. This will be a most interesting game of rugby which could go either way.

The President’s Cup Preliminary Final sees two very good teams meeting in what should prove an exciting encounter. Gosford take on Avoca Beach in a match which sees two teams with two very different makeups. Gosford have loads of experience in their squad with players such as Adam Carlisle, Andrew Moseley, Luke Hennig and Damien Montgomery, while Avoca Beach do have their experience but also have some very exciting younger players. Players such as Shaun Townsend can be most dangerous with the ball in hand. Both teams will be desperate to reach the 2017 Grand Final.

Avoca Beach and Terrigal meet in a seaside derby in the Under 19 Preliminary Final. There has been absolutely nothing between these two teams all year and it should be exactly the same situation this coming Saturday. The Under 19 competition is so even, and Avoca Beach went so close last week in reaching the Grand Final. However it was not to be so will have overcome the very good Terrigal outfit. Terrigal were most effective in their Minor Semifinal win. This will be very close tussle to start the day off on Preliminary Final day at Woy Woy Oval.


Preliminary Final this Saturday …………………

Woy Woy Oval 9th September 

10.20 am Under 19’s Avoca Beach v. Terrigal

11.50 am President’s Cup Gosford v. Avoca Beach

1.20 pm Premier 2 Ourimbah v. The Lakes

3.00 pm Premier 1 Terrigal v. Kariong


SATURDAY, 2nd September, 2017

The Major Semifinal on Saturday at Woy Woy Oval sees a classic rugby encounter between two excellent teams, Terrigal and Ourimbah, for the third time this year. They meet in a match that should prove a thriller. The winner proceeds to the Grand Final while the losing team will meet Kariong in the Preliminary Final the following weekend.

The Premier 1 Major Semi-final between Terrigal and Ourimbah should be a wonderful game of rugby. Terrigal will go into the clash as favourites on the basis that they have been undefeated all season and have set the standard and the pace in this competition all year. They obviously would be most keen to continue that undefeated record and go straight into the big one on the 16th September. Terrigal have a very well balanced team with no obvious weakness from prop to fullback. They also have very good depth so if there any concerns with injuries or performance, suitable changes can be made with little effect on the team structure. Terrigal will have players such as Sam Kenny,  Ryan Metcalfe, Josh Vainikolo and Ethan McInnes leading from the front and they will attempt to lay the foundation for victory in the forwards. Ourimbah also have a most effective forward pack – players such as Josefa Biu and Tyler Jones are a most effective lock combination and on their day can be most damaging. They will be very well assisted by players such Sam Kearney, Jordan Clark, and Jarrod Grange. The forwards will be so crucial in this match, and their control of the ball and territory will be the key. Both backlines have pace and experience. Terrigal have players such as Sekope Maea, Mitchell Hirst, Dan Sargeant and Adam Danckert in the experienced department while Ourimbah do have the experience as well with players such as Matt King and Brenton Law. These two teams deserve to be in the Major Semi-final. They have achieved the best results all year and have been the form teams. Terrigal had won both their clashes this year, but in their last match it was only in the final few minutes that Terrigal was only able to sneak home for victory. Both teams have excellent goal kickers in Adam Danckert and Ryan Fenning and if the game does remain close, these two players may prove to be the key.  It will be a close match and the result will probably not be determined until late in the match.

The Premier 2 Major Semifinal will be a battle between the same two sides as in Premier 1 – Terrigal and Ourimbah.  Terrigal were convincing Minor Premiers in this grade but once in the Finals, things can be very different. Both teams have played exciting rugby during the year and both teams will be most keen to go straight through to the Grand Final. Like the top grade, there was very little between these two teams all year. In some ways there is less pressure on teams in a Major Semi-final because the teams do get two bites of the cherry. However it is also very good to go straight in to the big one. It will be most interesting to see who does that on Saturday. 

The President’s Cup Major Semifinal sees two very good teams meeting in what should prove a most interesting encounter. Gosford take on Ourimbah in what is a clash between two quite similar teams. Both squads have loads of experience but at the same time there is some youth. However experience will dominate. Gosford have won both encounters between these two sides this year but there was never too much between them. These two teams have set the pace all year in this grade and both deserve to be there on Saturday.  It all makes for an exciting game of rugby.

Kariong will go into the Under 19 Minor Semifinal as favourites when they take on Avoca Beach. Kariong were runaway winners in this competition and have set the pace all year. However they have faltered in recent weeks and have suffered two losses in their last two rounds, and one of these was to Avoca Beach. Kariong have had a good season overall and will see this match as a great opportunity to get to the Grand Final first.


Major  Semifinal next week …………………

Woy Woy Oval          2nd September    
10.20 am    Under 19’s              Kariong      v.     Avoca Beach

11.50 am    President’s Cup      Gosford      v.      Ourimbah

  1.20 pm    Premier 2              Terrigal       v.      Ourimbah

  3.00 pm    Premier 1              Terrigal       v.      Ourimbah