CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 5th JUNE, 2021
The Lakes40Peni Rauluni 2, Noah Halaapiapi, Mojee Seru,
Macui Rauluni, Ray Kaati tries;
Logan Hemopo 5 conversions
Avoca Beach34Mitchell Briggs, Matthew Kiddle, Jake McPhie,
Josh Parish, Sam Evans tries;
Shaun Townsend 1 conversion;
Matthew Kiddle 2 conversions, 1 penalty goal
Terrigal37 Richard Hooper2, Sam Kenny, Jye Cornish,
Ethan McInnes tries;
Adam Danckert 3 conversions, 2 penalty goals
Woy Woy15Mitieli Tamani, Philip Shawtries;
Corby Delaforce 1 conversion, 1 penalty goal
Razorbacks35 Edan Sirone, Selesitino Penisoni, Matt Martin,
Caleb Pritchard tries;
Jarrod Grange 4 conversions
Warnervale 8 Lachlan Natapu try;
Cameron McNamara 1 penalty goal
The Lakes 8Avoca Beach 7
Avoca Beach33The Lakes 5
Avoca Beach30The Lakes 5
At the midway point of the Central Coast Rugby Union season, the Swietelsky Shield Premier 1 rugby competition witnessed some enthralling contests yesterday, with some interesting results. Once again, because of the results yesterday, the positioning on the Points Table in Premier changed considerably.
The Match of the Day at Heazlett Park saw The Lakes defeat the home side Avoca Beach by 40 points to 34. In what proved a see sawing match, and one with plenty of points on offer, it was not until the final quarter of the match that there was any clue on the victor in this contest. Avoca Beach started the match strongly and wasable to cross for two early tries to take a 12 points to nil lead. It seemedthat early on the home team were laying the platform for a successful day. However The Lakes did not take long to hit back and they themselves soon crossed for two tries and they were able to take the lead by 14 points to 12 late in the first half. This was a feature of the match right through until the final stages of the clash - the fact that the lead changes quite regularly. In fat the lead changed 5 times over the 80 minutes. It all made for a very exciting clash for those in attendance. Avoca Beach wasable to kick a penalty goal just beforehalf time to take the lead at the break by the single point, 15-14. It was certainly an exciting game of rugby, and one which was displaying all the pressures of gaining that vital win. The Lakes crossed for a further try early in the second half to regain the lead 19-15, before Avoca Beach quickly respondedwiththeir own try to once again take the lead 22-19. As stated before, it was proving an enthralling game of rugby.It was at the mid stage of this secondhalf that The Lakes did jump to a reasonable lead in the match. Through some excellentplay, they very quicklyjumped to a 40 points to 22 lead and suddenly all seemed lost for the home team. However they were not to be denied. Avoca Beach finished strongly, crossing for 2 further tries late in the match – 2 tries that gained the home side 2 vital bonus points. It was a significant win for The Lakes in what is provinga veryclose race to the Finals. Best players for The Lakes were centre Gable Gardiner, fullback Macui Rauluni andflanker Reihana Hemopo.Best for Avoca Beach were fullback Mitchell Briggs, winger Josh Parish, centre Mitch Jacob and flanker Eden McQueen.
Terrigal recorded a 37 points to 15 victory overWoyWoyat The Haven Oval.The first half of this match was very evenly fought and there was nothing between the two teams at the halftime break. Terrigal started very strongly and before very long had crossed for 2 tries. This 12 points to lead so early in the match seemed quite ominous but it was not to be. Woy Woy had other ideas and played some very tough rugby for the remainder ofthehalf to get back into the match. Woy Woy kicked a penalty goal, then scored a good try to make the score 12-10 late in the first half. This remained the score at the halftime break. Terrigal suddenly knew they were in for a real battle. This was proved even more so early in the second half when Woy Woy crossed for a try in the corner and they took the lead in the match by 15 points to 12. Suddenly everyone was in full interest in the match. Some of the tackles from the Woy Woy players were hard and Terrigal knew they had a struggle to regain the ascendancy in this clash. However this is what happened. Slowly theTerrigal side worked themselves back into the lead and then went on to record what seemed a comfortable win, based on the scoreline. But this was not so. It was a hard fought match with some high standard rugby on display from both teams. Terrigal knew they had the victory sealed up in the final 15 minutesof the match but they knew they had beenina game of rugby. Best players for Terrigal were half back Jye Cornish, five-eightAdam Danckert and winger Dylon Calabria.WoyWoy had several goodperformances but none were betterthan lock Bruce Folau, flanker Jazper Doak-Stride, and No 8. PhilipShaw. Woy Woy will trouble all teams in the secondhalfof the season. The win seesTerrigal placed on top of the competition ladder at the midway point of the season.
The Razorbacks were able todefeatWarnervale by 35 points to 8 at Ourimbah Rugby Park. It was a very even struggle early on but thefurther the match went on the stronger the Razorbacksbecameand the further they went ahead on the scoreboard. The Razorbacks opened the scoring with a converted try which the visitors quickly responded to with a penalty goal to make the score Razorbacks 7 Warnervale 3. This remained the score for quite awhile before the home side crossed fortheir second converted try close to the break to lead by 14 points to 3. This was the halftime score and it was quite a good indicator of the flow of the match up until that stage. The secondhalfgradually saw the Razorbacksincrease their lead and thus secure the victory. They led by 21 points to 3 before Warnervale crossed for their onlytry in the match. A couple of late tries to the Razorbacks saw themhome for a 35 points to 8 win. The victory sees the Razorbacks in second spot on the ladder in whatis a verytightlybunched race to the Finals. Warnervale, although not getting any wins so far this season, are certainly a threat to all teams and they will certainly prepare to cause some headaches on the paddock in thesecondhalf of the season. Best players for the Razorbacks were flanker Jarrod Grange, five-eight Pat Martin and lock James Mann, while for Warnervale, fullback Sevanaia Nabetelelu, hooker Cameron McNamara, and five-eight Ben Butler, on his return from injury, were outstanding.
Hornsby proved too strong for The Bay in President’s Cup at Mark Taylor Oval, running out winners by 31 points to 15.
Women’s 10’s rugby saw three competitive matches, with all teams aiming to get that vital win so they reach the Finals in 2021.Wins were gained by Terrigal, Warnervale and Avoca Beach. This competition is certainly hotting up and it seems there is a real race to make the Finals this year.The Terrigal and Gosford/Woy Woy match proved a classic with some wonderful rugby in what was a hard fought and quite even encounter.