CCRU Preview round 14

SATURDAY, 21st JULY, 2018

With 5 weeks to go, things are hotting in Central Coast Rugby Union. There are basically 6 teams still realistically fighting for the 4 spots in the Finals Series this year, with another two teams having an outside mathematical chance if things go their way.
This week sees, in three of the matches, teams in the Top Four playing teams outside so one would expect the leading teams should win. However this season there have been many upsets so anything could happen this Saturday.

The Match of the Day sees the seaside derby at The Haven Oval where home team Terrigal take on the visitors Avoca Beach. This is always a great game of rugby and Saturday will be no different. Terrigal are currently travelling in second spot while Avoca Beach is desperate for a win so that they can keep their semi-final chances alive. So the match sees not only the normal rivalry between the two clubs, but also the added pressure of Finals places up for grabs. This scenario should see a huge crowd on hand to view this most enthralling clash. Terrigal are coming off a handy win over Gosford last week and are gradually getting back to their best form in recent weeks after what was a mid-season slump. There are several new players on hand and these players are gradually being adjusted into the team pattern of play. Avoca Beach have had a tough couple of weeks and will be most keen to get themselves away from this situation. If anything, a match against the Terrigal team could do that. Both teams have so much to play for so spectators on Saturday should witness a very good game of rugby.

The Lakes are at home against neighbours Warnervale on Saturday and this clash at Slade Park is so crucial. The Lakes lost at home last week so will be most keen to reverse that result this Saturday. The Lakes are just out of the Top Four at present and they know they must win if they are to have any chance of regaining a semi-final position. It will not be easy. They play a Warnervale team who are coming off a break so many of those niggling injuries may be gone. They will be freshened up and keen to secure a win. A win for Warnervale would still give them a very outside chance of a semi-final spot but a loss would totally end any chance of that. So, like the match above, this local derby will be hard fought, and will not be decided until very late in the match. This is another rugby match which will attract a good crowd on Saturday.

Woy Woy are at home to Gosford at Woy Woy Oval. Woy Woy will go into this match as firm favourites based on what has happened on the paddock in recent weeks. Woy Woy were convincing winners last Saturday against The Lakes and if they maintain that type of form they will be difficult to topple in upcoming weeks. It was one of their best performances of the year. Gosford would very much like to put a dent in that situation. The visitors do know the Challenge Shield is up for grabs this Saturday so that just might be enough to lift the hopes of Gosford to get the win. Woy Woy know they must keep winning. They are currently in the Top Four but do realise there are a couple of teams only a win away on the competition ladder and they just cannot afford to lose a match, especially at home.

Ourimbah will host Hornsby at Ourimbah Rugby Park. Ourimbah should continue on their winning ways. Ourimbah are the form team in the competition at present and are taking all before them at this stage of the season. Hornsby have been very hard to predict this season - they have had some great victories this season, but these have been interspersed with some almost unexplainable losses. This run of wins and losses has almost been a week by week situation. They are due for a great effort this Saturday. They will need to be totally committed however for the entire 80 minutes if they are to trouble Ourimbah.

Entrance President’s Cup team have a bye this Saturday.

The Women’s 7’s continues on Saturday. All six teams continue the battle this Saturday, and the struggle for semi-final spots is tightening up.

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SATURDAY, 14th JULY, 2018

The Lakes meet Woy Woy in the Match of the Round at Slade Park this coming Saturday. This is such a crucial match. With 6 rounds to go it is a race for the Finals. These two teams are locked on equal points in equal fourth spot so victory on Saturday would make things considerably easier for the winning side. Victory would not in any way ensure a Finals spot but would greatly help to say the least. The Lakes were defeated last week by Terrigal. They played well but faded in the last quarter of the match to let the score get away. They had been playing well of late and had chalked up some very good wins. Woy Woy are coming of a bye so will be keen to get back on the paddock. Their last match saw them have a good win over Warnervale so they will be keen to continue that trend. The match is at Slade Park so the home ground advantage for The Lakes is a big plus. Sometimes Woy Woy do not travel well but they will simply have to this weekend if they are going to get the vital win. Both teams have players with flair so scoring tries is never really an issue. The key will be defence. The team that defends the better in this match will be the winner. Both teams have backlines that can score tries from anywhere on the paddock. Both teams also have experience. Besides defence, it will come down to the team who will play out the full 80 minutes. So it can be seen, the obvious significance of this match.

Another very significant battle will be at Heazlett Park where home club Avoca Beach take on the Ourimbah. This is such an important clash, especially for Avoca Beach. They know that one of the teams just above them, either Woy Woy or The Lakes, will lose their match, so a win will see them leapfrog one of them into fourth spot. However they also know a loss will widen a worrying gap to fourth position. Avoca Beach are also meeting the form team in the competition. Ourimbah are the only team at this stage assured a Finals berth so they really have nothing to lose. But they will be keen to maintain form and to maintain their winning run. Avoca Beach have had a bad run recently with losses to Kariong and Hornsby, and they will be most keen to reverse that trend quickly. They have the team to trouble Ourimbah but will need to take their chances for the full 80 minutes. Being back at home base will also be a plus for them after a couple of weeks away.

The other two matches see top placed teams, Terrigal (2nd) and Kariong (3rd), take on teams at the rear of the competition table. Terrigal take on Gosford at Gosford Showground in what is traditionally one of the highlight matches of the season. Terrigal know they must win to maintain their spot on the table but they also know Gosford will try to make it difficult for them. Gosford are at home and always seem to put in a stronger performance when there. However Terrigal have too much to play for and should record a quite sizeable victory. Terrigal returned to their winning ways last Saturday and started to combine more as a unit. They played out the full 80 minutes to defeat a very good The Lakes team. Gosford never troubled Ourimbah last Saturday, but have this year made it tough for all teams that have visited the Showground.

The same applies to Kariong. Kariong meet Hornsby at Kariong Oval. Kariong will have it slightly tougher than Terrigal as Hornsby have been playing some exceptional rugby of late. They defeated Avoca Beach last week and would very much like to topple Kariong. There has developed a real rivalry between these two neighbouring clubs and it will be no different on Saturday. However Kariong have also much to play for. They have worked very hard of late to get into the Top Four and will be most keen not to lose that position. They will have to be careful as they are up against a team that can cause an upset. It will be a tight contest throughout and will not be for the faint heated. The home ground advantage for Kariong may be the only difference.

The Entrance President’s Cup team have a bye this Saturday.

The Women’s 7’s continues on Saturday. All six teams continue the battle this Saturday, and the struggle for semi-final spots is tightening up.

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SATURDAY, 7th JULY, 2018

The Lakes travel to The Haven Oval on Saturday to play Terrigal in what is the Match of the Day in Round 12. These two teams are separated by the single point on the competition table, and with several other teams looming nearby as well, this match certainly does take on special significance in terms of the race to the Finals.
It should be a great game of rugby. Both teams know how to score tries, and there should be plenty of them on display on Saturday, Terrigal are coming off the bye so should be freshened and ready to go. They may have needed the break as they had lost two games in a row so a break and some tough training may have them ready to go. They will be keen not to lose another match at home. The Lakes played extremely well last Saturday in their close loss to Ourimbah. Despite this loss they would have taken much impetus from how they played. The Lakes are currently in second spot and they fully realise they have to keep winning if they are to stay there. The Lakes team has been quite settled in recent weeks and this stability had seen them play some very structured rugby. They do still rely heavily on the flair of their backline. Terrigal will be very mindful of this and they know they will have to play very tight, especially in the forwards, if they are to control The Lakes backline. Terrigal do have the experience to do this. It will be an exciting match, and despite the importance of the match, the style of these two teams will certainly result in a spectacle for all at the ground.

Warnervale will host Kariong at Woongarrah Oval on Saturday and this clash will go a long way towards determining which of these two teams still has a realistic chance to making the Top Four this year. Kariong played tremendous, determined rugby last Saturday to withstand Avoca Beach and will take great confidence from that victory. They defended well against a team that attacked for long periods of the match last Saturday. Warnervale started their match really well last week and had a large lead on the scoreboard against Woy Woy. However they could not withstand the attacking prowess of Woy Woy in the second half and went down in what would have been a most disappointing loss. Warnervale are at home in this clash and they will welcome a home game after being on the road in recent weeks. They will make things very uncomfortable for Kariong in this encounter. It is such an important clash as the loser in this match will find things very difficult in making the Finals this year.

Gosford travel to meet Ourimbah for their local derby at Ourimbah Rugby Park on the weekend. Gosford will be buoyed by their win last Saturday against Hornsby. Gosford have troubled most teams this year despite not getting the wins. There is considerable rivalry between these two clubs and the matches are always hard fought. However Ourimbah this year have set the pace, and even though they just held out The Lakes last Saturday, they have been the form team in the competition. Ourimbah will be favourites. They are at home, they are playing well and they will be keen to maintain their big lead at the top of the competition ladder.

Hornsby are at home again this Saturday and they play Avoca Beach at Mark Taylor Oval. Both teams lost their respective matches last Saturday and both will be most keen to bounce back quickly with a win. Hornsby did not play well last Saturday in their loss and they will have to greatly improve if they are to overcome Avoca Beach. The visitors, because of their loss against Kariong last Saturday, dropped out of the Top Four so they need a win this weekend in an attempt to get back into it. It will not be easy. It is such a tight race for the Finals this year, and every game played is so significant in terms of this race. This match is just another one in that category.

The Entrance President’s Cup team play Woy Woy at Ettalong Oval on Saturday. This is an important match up in terms of the Finals as this President Cup competition is also so close.

The Women’s 7’s continues again on Saturday. All six teams continue the battle this Saturday, in what is proving an exciting competition this year.

CCRU Preview round 11

SATURDAY, 30th JUNE, 2018


The Match of the Round this Saturday sees the anticipated clash between Ourimbah and The Lakes at Slade Park. These two teams are playing the best rugby at present and last week both teams scored tremendous victories. Ourimbah are leading the competition and The Lakes have just entered the Top Four again so the match on Saturday holds huge interest. It will be tight from start to finish. Both teams really do know how to score tries so there should be plenty on display on Saturday. Perhaps the team that wins will be the team that defends the best. Ourimbah have several try scoring weapons. Forwards Josefa Biu, Jarrod Grange, as well as backs Matt King, Owen Turner and Jack Stonestreet can score at any time. Ourimbah will be without No.8 Eddie Laupola who will be in Goondiwindi on NSW Country representative duty and his penetrative runs will be missed. Ourimbah do have the depth this year to overcome that however. The Lakes also have their players who can secure the five pointers. Fullback Macui Raulini has been outstanding this year but his fellow players in the backline do make up such a threatening backline. The Lakes are at home which is a plus for them but they are playing the team leading the competition. If The Lakes are allowed to run they will cause damage on the scoreboard. The Lakes defeated Ourimbah in their first round clash at Ourimbah so they would very much like to repeat that this coming weekend.

Kariong will attempt to maintain their winning streak when they host Avoca Beach at Kariong Oval on Saturday. Kariong had their best win of the season last week when they defeated Terrigal but they realise they must keep winning if they are to make the Top Four. They played with determination and drive last Saturday for the full 80 minutes and they will have to do that again if they are to win again. Avoca Beach are coming off the bye so will be freshened up and ready to go. Avoca Beach is fully aware that teams are just behind them on the ladder so every win is so crucial. They also know that away wins are such a bonus in this tightly fought competition. This will be a close match. Kariong at home are traditionally that much stronger so Avoca Beach will have to on their guard to secure the win. This is such an important match and it is very difficult to predict the winner. Avoca Beach are higher on the ladder so will go into the match as very slight favourites although Kariong are at home and are always dangerous up on the hill.

Woy Woy and Warnervale meet at Woy Woy Oval in what is probably the most significant match of the round. Both teams are fighting for fourth spot on the competition ladder and the winner in this match will still have a chance to make the Four while things may be quite difficult for the loser. It is an important clash. Both teams had disappointing losses last Saturday – Warnervale went down in a close one at Hornsby while Woy Woy were absolutely hammered at Ourimbah. Both teams will be so keen so correct things this coming weekend. It will be an enthralling game of rugby and it will be an arm wrestle from start to finish. Woy Woy is at home which is an advantage for them but Warnervale are very capable of getting the win. Warnervale will be without their captain and prop Kevin McNamara who will be on NSW Country duty and that will be a huge loss. These two teams will also be competing for the Challenge Shield which Woy Woy won in their win over Terrigal two weeks ago. Warnervale would very much like to get an important win and also take home the Challenge Shield.

Gosford travel south to meet an in form Hornsby at Mark Taylor Oval. Hornsby have been playing good rugby all season but often only in stages. However last Saturday they played well for the full 80 minutes and they will be keen to repeat that again this Saturday. Gosford desperately need a win. In fact their last victory was in the first round against Hornsby so it has been a long while between drinks. Gosford will be most keen to defeat Hornsby again but it will be difficult. Hornsby are at home and have been playing very well at Mark Taylor Oval. This match will be close throughout however and these two clubs need the win – Hornsby to show that their recent excellent form is not an apparition and Gosford to try to afford that dreaded wooden spoon.

The Entrance President’s Cup team are at home this Friday evening when they take on Terrigal. Both sides have been playing well and this is a crucial clash in terms of the Finals.

The Women’s 7’s continues again on Saturday. All six teams continue the battle this Saturday, and all teams know things are tightening up as the competition heads to the Finals Series.

CCRU Preview round 10

SATURDAY, 23rd JUNE, 2018

NSW Country Championships

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.