CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
GRAND FINAL
WOY WOY OVAL
SATURDAY, 16th SEPTEMBER, 2017

PREMIER 1

Terrigal 39 Josh Vainikolo 3, Daniel Sargeant, Joe Taylor tries;
Adam Danckert 4 conversions, 2 penalty goals 
defeated
Ourimbah 11 Josefa Biu try;
Ryan Fenning 2 penalty goals

PREMIER 2

Terrigal 25 Liam Caulfield, Aaron Tait, Cam Silis tries;
Aaron Tait 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals
defeated
Ourimbah 10 Anthony Eriksson try;
Ryan Pike 1 conversion, 1 penalty goal

PRESIDENT’S CUP

Ourimbah 22 Jim Holt, Brett Marchant, Ryan Keegan tries;
Jim Holt 2 conversions, 1 penalty goal
defeated
Gosford 10 Sean Anlezark try;
Damien Montgomery 1 conversion, 
1 penalty goal

UNDER 19’s
Avoca Beach 18 Isaiah Fairless, Connor Kondrat tries;
Isaac Barnes 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals
defeated
Kariong 3 Tyson Potger 1 penalty goal

REPORT :
The Central Coast Rugby Union Grand Final at Woy Woy Oval saw Terrigal win the Premier 1 Premiership when they defeated Ourimbah by 39 points to 11. In a match played before a large crowd, Terrigal secured their second successive top grade Premiership.
Played in ideal conditions, with an occasional gusty breeze, both teams commenced the match with a display of very tight rugby in the opening 10 minutes. It was typical Grand Final rugby where no quarter was given or asked for. Very little happened on the scoreboard during this period as both teams were putting each other to the complete test. Both teams did have some opportunity to post points but it was not to be until the 15th minute when Terrigal opened the scoring with a great try to No.8 Josh Vainikolo. A break down the short side saw Vainikolo cross wide out. Ourimbah were very quick to respond, and their five-eight Ryan Fenning kicked a penalty goal in the 19th minute to make the score 5-3. It was proving a see-sawing battle at this stage with both teams having excellent periods of attack, while also displaying some very strong defence. Terrigal five-eight Adam Danckert kicked Terrigal’s first penalty goal in the 23rd minute to further increase their lead to 8 points to 3. Once again Ourimbah responded with their own penalty goal to make the score 8-6. The match appeared to be going as expected – to be close and to be anybody’s match. Both teams were playing well. It was certainly an arm wrestle, with both teams attempting to get that vital break on the other team. Ourimbah did miss two shots at penalty goal in the first half, and that did deny them lead in the match at this stage. The second half continued in much the same vein. However it was Terrigal who were first to score in this half as well. In the 9th minute Terrigal lock Joe Taylor completed an effective session of forward attack with a try adjacent to the posts. The conversion of this try had taken Terrigal to a handy 15 points to 6 lead. It was only 8 minutes later that Terrigal would have even felt comfortable to some extent. This was when their No.8 Josh Vainikolo crossed for his second and his team’s third try. They had jumped to a good lead of 22 points to 6 with only a quarter of the match remaining. They would have felt comfortable but would also have had thoughts of the Major Semi-final when Ourimbah came from well behind to grab the victory. However it was not to happen in this match. At the 25th minute mark Josh Vainikolo crossed for his third try, and Terrigal were now in the box seat with a 29 points to 6 lead. Terrigal had several very good players in the Grand Final. Five-eight Adam Danckert, the ‘Player of the Grand Final’, directed traffic all day, and was an excellent link between the forwards and his outside backs. Josh Vainikolo had a great day, crossing for 3 individual tries, while fellow forwards Sam Kenny and Alex Brewin were never far from the action. The depth in the Terrigal squad really did come to the fore and all their replacements during the match made their mark. The backline was most effective. They were dangerous with the ball and regularly got over the advantage line. Ourimbah gave it their all but it was not to be their day. Flanker Jarrod Grange was in everything and tried to break through all day. He was well supported by halfback Matt King who was a driving force for his team. Both these players were setting a fine example for the remainder of their team. Terrigal cemented the victory with a penalty goal to Adam Danckert and an intercept try to winger Dan Sargeant to cap off a memorable victory for them. Ourimbah did score their only try close to fulltime but it was all too late. It was a most dominant performance by the Terrigal team and they certainly proved they were the dominant team in Premier 1 this year. After their loss in the Major Semi-final, after what was an undefeated season proper, they came out to prove that their only loss was an apparition. They certainly proved that. These two teams were the best in Premier 1 all year, but it was Terrigal who came out as Major Premiers.

Terrigal defeated Ourimbah in the Premier 2 Grand Final by 25 points to 12. This encounter was an intense affair from start to finish. The lead in the match chopped and changed in this match right through to the early stages of the second half. Ourimbah opened the scoring with a penalty goal, but a converted try to Terrigal saw them take the lead by 7 points to 3. However by halftime Ourimbah were again back in the lead when they scored their own converted try. Ourimbah led at halftime by 10 points to 7 and it seemed it was going to be a close struggle in the second stanza. However it did not really come out that way. Terrigal took control in large part in the second half and were able to post a further 18 points to 0 in that half. They took the lead early in the second half and continued on with a further try after that. It was a pleasing win for the Terrigal side but Ourimbah did extend them for an extended time in this match. Best for Terrigal were half back Aaron Tait, who posted a personal tally of 15 points, prop Liam Caulfield and flanker Dave Crawford. Tait was awarded Player of the Grand Final status. Ourimbah had several strong performances. Best for the Ourimbah team were flanker Jack Sheean, No.8 Chris Smith, five-eight Toby Carver, and centres Anthony Eriksson and Jack Stonestreet. The win to the Terrigal Premier 2 team capped off a wonderful for the Terrigal club winning the top two grades on the day.

In another close match, Ourimbah did gain success when they won the President’s Cup Grand Final, defeating Gosford by 22 points to 12. The first half was a very even encounter with nothing between the two teams, but it was Ourimbah who went to the halftime break leading by 10 points to 3. Gosford led early though a penalty goal, but a converted try and penalty goal to Ourimbah jumped them to the lead. This match was played in very warm conditions and it was having an effect on the players. Ourimbah went further ahead early in the second half and with a lead of 17 points to 3 things did look comfortable for them. Ourimbah were playing with passion and everything Gosford tried was coming to nothing. Gosford did score midway through the half to make the score 17-10, and being only a converted try behind, things became intense late in the half. However the match was sealed by Ourimbah with a late try. Best for Ourimbah were halfback Ryan Keegan, who was Player of the Match, props Jade McLaughlin and Jim Holt, and No.8 Brett Marchant. Gosford tried everything and were led very well around the paddock by Adam Carlisle and Andrew Moseley.

Avoca Beach defeated Kariong in the Under 19 Grand Final by 18 points to 3. Like the President’s Cup match the Minor Premier, Kariong, was defeated in this encounter. This match proved typical Grand Final rugby. It was an intense, spirited, and it was all about working towards a win though controlled rugby. There was absolutely nothing for much of the first half and the only points scored in the first half was a penalty goal to Avoca Beach. They went to the break leading by 3 points to nil. The second half saw Avoca Beach cross for two unanswered tries and were able to go on to victory. Avoca Beach played controlled rugby throughout the match while Kariong, through several indiscretions, were never able to get on the go forward. Best for Avoca Beach were ‘Player of the Match’ prop Tim Newton, lock Justin Gilmore, and centres Isaac Barnes and Mick Hobden. Kariong were best served by lock Lachlan Peruch, hooker Lachlan Seaman and five-eight Ben Flakus. It was a second successive Premiership in this grade for Avoca Beach, who were able to cap off some excellent late season form with this win.

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS

PRELIMINARY FINAL
WOY WOY OVAL
SATURDAY, 9th SEPTEMBER, 2017

PREMIER 1
Terrigal  67        
Pat Niurua 3, Dan Sargeant 2, Martin Wahbe, Nathan Simpson, Sam Kenny, Josh Vainikolo, Sekope Maea, Frankie Webber tries;
Adam Danckert 4 conversions;
Aaron Tait 2 conversions
defeated
Kariong 5
Brandon Shillingsworth try            

PREMIER 2
Ourimbah 19 

Jack Sheean 3 tries; 
Ryan Pike 2 conversions        
defeated
The Lakes 5
Kyle James try

PRESIDENT’S CUP
Gosford 20
Chris Heap, Adam Carlisle tries;
Damien Montgomery 1 conversion, 
2 penalty goals;
Tim Hill 1 conversion
defeated
Avoca Beach 16
Daniel Ranson try;
Shaun Townsend 1 conversion;
Will Byrne 3 penalty goals
          
UNDER 19’s
Avoca Beach 17
Jobe Graham, Justin Gilmore tries;
 Isaac Barnes 2 conversions, 1 penalty goal
defeated
Terrigal 6
Jye Cornish 2 penalty goals                    

REPORT :
The Premier 1 Preliminary Final at Woy Woy Oval saw one of the biggest scores in Finals Rugby on the Central Coast. Terrigal were far too good for Kariong, running out winners by 67 points to 5. Kariong were never in the match, and Terrigal were able to dominate from the opening whistle. Terrigal came out with something to prove after their loss last week and started the match full of running. Within the opening 15 minutes of the match they had already crossed for three tries, and this lead of 17 points to nil was obviously never approached or headed for the remainder of the match.
It was the start they required and they were controlling everything on the paddock. These 3 tries saw resulted from a great individual run by halfback Sekope Maea, a wonderful backline movement that saw winger Dan Sargeant score in the corner, and a forwards try that resulted in flanker Sam Kenny posting a five pointer. In that opening quarter of the match they had displayed their fill array of rugby skills. There was a flicker of hope for Kariong in the 22 minute when their winger Brandon Shillingsworth showed some individual brilliance with a chip and chase to score a very good individual try. This made the score 17 points to 6 and Kariong supporters would have been hoping for a turnaround in what was happening on the field. But it was not to be. Terrigal were quickly on the attack again and were able to post another converted try before the halftimes break. Terrigal led by 24 points to 5 at the break, and although not yet secure of victory, the way they were playing the end result did seem inevitable – and so it proved to be. Terrigal totally controlled the second half, posting a further 43 points in what proved a wonderful team performance. They crossed for a total of eleven tries in the match, and that difference of 11 tries to 1 really did demonstrate the difference between the two sides. Kariong never stopped trying but it was just not going to be their day. They were missing players, they were hit with injuries in the match, and all these factors, as well as Terrigal’s great rugby, saw Terrigal secure a spot in the 2017 Grand Final. Best players for Terrigal were flanker Sam Kenny, No.8 Josh Vainikolo, and prop Nathan Simpson, while all their backs were dangerous with the ball in hand. The Terrigal wingers, Dan Sargeant, Pat Niurua and replacement Martin Wahbe, crossed for 6 of the team’s 11 tries. Kariong had several good performers. Flanker Josh Bottero toiled all day, as did halfback Scott Hanley and No.8 Lachlan Peruch. Terrigal continue on and have a rematch with Ourimbah in next Saturday’s Grand Final – this is replay of last week’s Major Semi-final and that Grand Final will be as tight as that encounter proved. Kariong finish up for the year but despite this loss, can be well proud of their efforts this season in reaching the Preliminary Final.

Ourimbah defeated The Lakes in Premier 2 when they won the Preliminary Final by 19 points to 5. The match was quite even early on and it did take both teams quite some time to settle down. It was nil all for much of the first half and the deadlock was only broken right on halftime when Ourimbah scored and went to the halftime break leading by 7 points to nil. Both teams were definitely in this match and both teams knew they could win this. However it was Ourimbah who were able to stay in front and did score 3 tries to 1. A feature of the match was the fact that Ourimbah flanker Jack Sheean scored all 3 of his team’s tries. Ourimbah move into the grand Final and meet Terrigal next Saturday. Like all the other matches on the day, it will be a repeat of the Major Semi-final.

In what proved a quite even match, Gosford won the President’s Cup Preliminary Final, defeating Avoca Beach by 20 points to 16. Gosford got away to a great start with a converted try in the opening seconds, but after that the match became a very even affair. The scores remained tight throughout this match however it was always Gosford just ahead on the scoreboard. They led by 13 points to 9 at the halftime break, and with both teams scoring a try each in the second stanza, there was never too much between the teams. Gosford do however move into the Grand Final in an attempt to win their third President’s Cup Premiership in a row. 

In a display a great Finals rugby, Avoca Beach defeated Terrigal in the Under 19 Preliminary Final by 17 points to 6. It was a gritty match from start to finish and the skill level displayed by both teams was excellent. Terrigal opened the scoring with a penalty goal, but after that Avoca Beach were always just in front on the scoreboard. They led by 14 points to 6 at the halftime break, and with only a penalty goal kicked in the second stanza it was still anyone’s match right until the final stages of the clash. There was much movement back and forwards in the second half, but neither team was able to cross for a try in that 30 minute period. Avoca Beach move into the Grand Final next Saturday meet Minor Premiers Kariong in the big one.

GRAND FINAL next week 

Woy Woy Oval          16th September         

10.15 am    Under 19’s          Kariong    v.    Avoca Beach        
11.45 am    President’s Cup    Gosford    v.    Ourimbah            
1.15 pm    Premier 2              Terrigal    v.    Ourimbah                      
3.00 pm    Premier 1             Terrigal    v.    Ourimbah