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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 1st JULY, 2023
The Central Coast Rugby Union season continues this coming Saturday. Teams will be attempting to get themselves into the semi-finals in matches in the coming weeks
The Match of the Day in Central Coast Rugby Union is between Terrigal and the Razorbacks at The Haven Oval. This should be a classic game of rugby. Both teams are located near the top of the competition table and they will be keen to stay there. Terrigal will go into the clash as slight favourites due to the home ground advantage but the match should be very close. Terrigal are coming off the bye which was probably needed after coming off a few tough weeks especially for their representative players. They lost their match before that bye so will be most keen to get quickly back to their winning ways with this match on Saturday. They shook the Razorbacks in their first round clash but many think this match will be much closer. The Razorbacks have had a few good weeks with some good wins and they will be most keen to reverse the results in this match from what happened in the first round clash. It all makes for an exciting game of rugby this coming weekend.
The Lakes will host Hornsby at Slade Park and both these teams are desperate for a win. This match may be their last throw of the dice. A win will get them still a chance to make the Finals but a loss more than likely will see them as goners in terms of the Finals. However a lot can happen with almost half the season to go. Both teams lost last week. Hornsby lost a tough match against Gosford but they showed form enough in that clash that should worry The Lakes. The Lakes lost to the undefeated Avoca Beach last week and will be most keen to get that wining feeling back. Hornsby won this clash in the first round in a close one so The Lakes will love to reverse that result this Saturday.
Woy Woy will welcome Gosford to Woy Woy Oval in another interesting clash. Woy Woy will be keen to get back home after a couple of weeks on the road and that home ground advantage may assist them in this match. Gosford had a good win last week but the matches between these two clubs are always hard fought. Gosford will go in the match as favourites but they will not underestimate Woy Woy at home.
Avoca Beach will travel to Walters Park, Boolaroo to meet home team Lake Macquarie. Avoca Beach will more than likely maintain their unbeaten run this season in this match. Lake Macquarie did finish quite well last Saturday with three late tries and they would be most keen to carry that form into this match. They will find it most difficult as they are up against the team leading the competition at present.
In President’s Cup, Terrigal will meet the Razorbacks at The Haven, and Gosford/Kariong will play Warnervale at Woy Woy Oval.
Saturday also sees the continuance of the Central Coast Women’s 10’s competition. There are three exciting matches this coming Saturday – the Razorbacks travel to The Haven Oval to play Terrigal, Avoca Beach will meet Warnervale at Walters Park, and The Lakes clash with Hornsby at home at Slade Park.
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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 24 th JUNE, 2023
The second half of the Central Coast Rugby Union season commences this coming Saturday. Teams will be attempting to get themselves into the semi-finals over the next nine rounds.
The Match of the Day in Central Coast Rugby Union will see Gosford hosting Hornsby at Gosford Rugby Field. Gosford are currently sitting in 4 th position on the competition ladder and they know a win on Saturday will put that little bit of difference on the points table between them and Hornsby. Hornsby are positioned in 6 th spot on the ladder and know that have to win matches like this if they are to make the Finals this year. It all makes for a most interesting game of rugby. Gosford do have that vital home ground advantage, and they also showed with their win last Saturday, that they are in the right type of form. Hornsby also clicked into form last Saturday with probably their best win of the season when that accounted for Woy Woy. Gosford just won this clash in Round 1 in a tight one and this rematch should prove to be a similar type game of rugby contest this coming Saturday.
The Lakes will travel to Heazlett Park to take on home team Avoca Beach. This is such a crucial match, especially for The Lakes. The Lakes need to get some upset results in the coming weeks if they are to give themselves a chance to make the semi- finals this year. However, they are up against the only undefeated team in the competition in Avoca Beach. So, it will be a most difficult task for the visitors on Saturday. The Lakes know they can do it but they will have to play consistent and effective rugby for the entire 80 minutes. Avoca Beach are always very strong at home as they showed last week in their great win over arch rivals Terrigal. They will go into the clash as firm favourites but The Lakes will have something to say about that.
Woy Woy will travel to Ourimbah Rugby Park to take on the Razorbacks. This is an equally exciting and important contest. The Razorbacks are coming off a great win last Saturday so they are in the right form. Woy Woy would not be happy with the result last Saturday when they went down to Hornsby but their first half performance in that match showed they can be a threat. They will need to play out the full 80 minutes. The Razorbacks are striking some good form. They had a good win over Warnervale last Saturday and their draw with the undefeated Avoca Beach in the previous form showed they are a definite Premierships threat this year.
Warnervale and Lake Macquarie meet at Woongarrah Oval on Saturday. These two neighbouring clubs will be fully prepared for this clash. Warnervale are desperate to get a win and they should do so this weekend. They are playing quite good rugby but in recent weeks have had several close losses. They are in 5 th spot on the competition ladder and want to stay there or even hopefully move up the table. Lake Macquarie are still seeking their first victory of the season and one cannot see it happening in this match. Warnervale are at home and they are so much stronger when at home.
In President’s Cup, Terrigal will meet Gosford/Kariong at the Showground, the Razorbacks will take on Avoca Beach at home, and Warnervale will meet The Bay at Woongarrah Sports Field.
Saturday also sees the continuance of the Central Coast Women’s 10’s competition. There are three exciting matches this coming Saturday – the Razorbacks will host the improving Woy Woy at Ourimbah Rugby Park, Hornsby travel to Gosford Rugby Field to play Terrigal, and Avoca Beach will host The Lakes at home.
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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 17 th JUNE, 2023
The Match of the Day in Central Coast Rugby Union will see Avoca Beach hosting Terrigal at Heazlett Park. This match up is always a highlight match in the Central Coast Rugby Union season but this contest has an extra excitement associated with it. These two teams are at the top of the competition ladder but are also undefeated. Terrigal have won all their matches this season and all of them have been with much ease. Avoca Beach had a draw in their last contest with the Razorbacks but before that had won all their earlier fixtures. So, this comes down to a mighty clash and this seaside derby will tell us a lot about the future Premiership prospects of both teams. Many of the players were involved in the NSW Country Championships last weekend so they will be a little sore for this clash. However, they will all lift for this very important and special clash. Th match should attract a huge crowd to Heazlett Park on Saturday and the result will be looked forward to by many local rugby supporters.
Warnervale will travel to Ourimbah Rugby Park to take on the Razorbacks. This is an equally exciting and important contest. The Razorbacks are coming off a draw with Avoca Beach and Warnervale are coming off a loss to Cosford. So, both teams will be desperate to quickly get back to their winning ways and they both will feel a victory is essential this coming weekend. Like the match above, both teams had many players involved in the Central Coast team at Tamworth last weekend so the result could depend on who came through that tough weekend and who can contribute for their club this coming Saturday. It all makes for a most exciting game of rugby at Ourimbah. The Razorbacks have that vital home ground advantage and that may be the only factor to divide the two teams at the end of the day.
Hornsby will take on Woy Woy at Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday. This battle of the Lions will be a most interesting game of rugby. Both will be desperate for a win. Both teams need the win so they can make an impact on the competition ladder. It will be a close tussle from start to finish and much will depend on what players take the paddock on Saturday. Hornsby are at home and this is definitely a plus for them. Woy Woy have not played for two weeks because of a bye and then the NSW Country Championships, so they will be ready to go in this match.
Gosford will host Lake Macquarie at Gosford Rugby Field at the Showground next Saturday. Gosford will go into this clash as favourites but they will take nothing for granted. Gosford are coming off a very tight victory in their last outing when they defeated Warnervale and will be most keen to maintain the rage this coming Saturday. Lake Macquarie know they are in for a battle but they will be trying to improve on their recent performances.
In President’s Cup, Terrigal will meet Avoca Beach at Heazlett Park, while the Razorbacks will take on Warnervale at home.
Saturday also sees the continuance of the Central Coast Women’s 10’s competition. There are three exciting matches this coming Saturday – the Razorbacks will host Warnervale at Ourimbah Ruby Park, Hornsby meets Woy Woy at Mark Taylor Oval, and Avoca Beach will take on Terrigal at home. The latter clash will see which team goes to the top of the competition ladder - they are currently locked together at the top of the table so this is such an important clash.
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NSW COUNTRY RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPS
TAMWORTH JUNE LONG WEEKEND
Three (3) teams from Central Coast Rugby Union will travel to Tamworth next weekend for the NSW Country Rugby Championships. The Men's 1st XV, the Colts XV, and the Women's 15's will travel to Tamworth on Friday to compete in their respective Championship divisions over the Long Weekend.
The Senior Men's 1st XV, the Colts XV, and the Women's XV will compete in the NSW Country Championships against all the other Zone teams from across NSW Country. These three teams have been training for several months in the leadup up to these Championships and they will be hoping to bring Championship honours back to the Central Coast.
The Men's 1st XV will again be coached by Craig McWilliam and the team will be hoping to repeat the Caldwell Cup victory they achieved last year. Last year the men's team won the NSW Country Championships after defeating Central West in the Final. The team has prepared well this year and they are hoping that last year's Caldwell Cup success can be repeated in 2023. The team has players from across most teams in the Central Coast competition and is fully representative of this Zone. The team will play Central North and Illawarra on the first day and the results in these two pool matches will determine their positioning later in the Championships and into the Finals. It is a tough Draw but one in which the team hopes to do very well. The players in the team will be striving for team success, but they will also be hoping to be selected in the NSW Country representative teams for further matches later in the year.
The Womens XV will be coached this year by Anthony Ericksson. He is new to local representative coaching but has chosen a strong squad to compete at these Championships. The women will be competing for the Thomson Cup, and they will be playing 15's rugby at this Championship. So the team has spent much time working on their 15's skills as the local Central Coast Women's competition is a 10-a-side competition.
The Colts team will be coached one again by Nick Meyer and he has high hopes of going one step further this year after being runners up last year. Nick is a very experienced Colts representative coach, and this year is also coaching the Razorbacks Premier 1 team. The Colts team will be competing for the Rowland Cup at these NSW Country Championships.
Below are the three (3) teams that have been selected for these Championships. They are listed in alphabetical order.
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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 3 rd JUNE, 2023
The Match of the Day in Central Coast Rugby Union will see the Razorbacks at home to Avoca Beach at Ourimbah Rugby Park. This promises to be an enthralling contest. Avoca Beach have gone through the season undefeated but are up against a team who, in recent weeks, have taken all before them. Both teams have high hopes of Premiership honours so this match will tell us much about their prospects in that area for this year. The Razorbacks have the home ground advantage which is a huge plus for them but they still know they must perform well for the entire 80 minutes if they are to keep Avoca Beach at bay. Avoca Beach has had some great wins of late against leading teams, having defeated both Gosford and Warnervale over the two Saturdays. Their win last Saturday was most impressive. The Razorbacks are coming off the bye so they will be freshened up and keen to go. These two teams are second and third on the competition ladder so a victory on Saturday to either team would further cement their leading position on the ladder. It all makes for a great game of rugby this coming weekend.
Terrigal will travel to Mark Taylor Oval to take on Hornsby in another interesting clash. Both these teams are coming off great wins last Saturday so both will be keen to maintain that winning feeling. Hornsby were good last week against Lake Macquarie but so were Terrigal in their defeat of Gosford. Terrigal will go into the match as clear favourites. They remain undefeated this year and no team has troubled them so far this year. However, Hornsby is at home and that will hold them in good stead on the day. They will need, however, to play well all match if they are to overcome Terrigal. This should prove an exciting clash and a good crowd would be expected at Waitara on Saturday.
Gosford will be home next weekend at Gosford Rugby Field at the Showground when they take on Warnervale in what should prove a thriller. Both teams are coming off disappointing losses last Saturday so they will be keen to get quickly back into the winner’s circle. Warnervale have been in good form recently, and despite the loss to Avoca Beach last Saturday, they still played very well. Gosford also had a good second half last weekend against Terrigal but they know if they are to be competitive against the visitors they will have to play out the full 80 minutes. Warnervale and Gosford are currently 4 th and 5 th on the competition ladder so both will be keen to get that win. They also know there are teams just behind them who could threaten their current standings.
The Lakes will host Lake Macquarie at Slade Park next Saturday. The Lakes will go into this clash as favourites but they will be wary of Lake Macquarie in the match. This is such an important game for both teams. The Lakes got their first win of the season last Saturday so will be most keen to keep that that winning feeling going. Another win would see them still as a chance to get Finals contention. Lake Macquarie are still looking for that first win and that will motivate on Saturday.
In President’s Cup, the Razorbacks will host Avoca Beach at home, while Gosford/Kariong will take on Warnervale at the Showground.
Saturday also sees the continuance of the Central Coast Women’s 10’s competition. There are three exciting matches this coming Saturday – the Razorbacks will host Avoca Beach at Ourimbah Ruby Park, The Lakes meets Woy Woy at Slade Park, and Hornsby will take on Terrigal at Mark Taylor Oval.