CCRU Preview round 18

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 18th AUGUST, 2018
ROUND 18

The final round of the 2018 Central Coast Rugby Union season sees some exciting and significant matches. The Final Four for this year’s Finals Series will be decided on Saturday. Ourimbah are the Minor Premiers for this year. Terrigal and Woy Woy will be playing for a Major Semi-final spot which of course gives them two bites of the cherry in the Finals Series. Kariong are currently in 4th position, but behind them, The Lakes and Avoca Beach, can still mathematically make the Finals. So it all makes for a very enthralling series of matches this Saturday.

For many supporters there will be different “Matches of the Day” on Saturday. However the clash at Woy Woy Oval will hold Match of the Day status, and this game between Woy Woy and Terrigal will be hard fought from start to finish. Both teams have so much to play for. A victory would not only get them into the Major Semi-final but also gives them a week rest before the bigger games at the end of the year. Both teams have experience across the paddock. Woy Woy have a very good backline and can score tries from all over the field. The Woy Woy team will have to be more consistent with their defence for the entire 80 minutes. Terrigal are the type of team that can wear the opposition down so if any opposition team is not prepared, things can be made most difficult for them. Their first round clash at The Haven saw Woy Woy gain a 26-23 victory so Terrigal will be fully aware of the dangers of the Woy Woy side. That match was at Terrigal so Woy Woy should be even stronger at home. By all calculations this clash should go right down to the wire with so much at stake.

Avoca Beach are at home to The Lakes at Heazlett Park. There is much interest in this match as both teams can still make the Finals. They both need to win, and to gain a bonus point, to get there. Of course they will both still need to rely on another result on the day, namely Gosford defeating Kariong. So with this the situation, both teams will spread the ball wide and there should be plenty of tries on display. However, although both teams need to score tries, defence will also be paramount. This should be an exciting of rugby for the entire 80 minutes. It certainly does hold huge interest. The phones will definitely be in full use this coming Saturday afternoon.

Kariong travel to Gosford this Saturday and this matchup at Gosford Showground will be closer than many would think. There has been a very keen rivalry between these two teams for many years so the rugby will not be for the faint hearted. Kariong have one task in this match, and that is simply to get a win. A victory would see them secure a Finals spot. A loss would leave them open to missing out depending on what happens at Heazlett Park. It all makes for an interesting and enthralling scenario. Gosford will be most keen to end the season on a high. It has been a most difficult year for them so a win in the last round would lift spirits for next year. However Kariong have so much to play for. They will come out strong and the visitors will go into this match as clear favourites.

Ourimbah will meet Warnervale at Woongarrah Oval on Saturday. Ourimbah will be favoured to win this match but they will not have it all their own way. Ourimbah are coming off a bye so they will be keen to get back on the paddock. They will also not be playing next Saturday as they are in the Major Semi-final so they will be keen to give all their players a good run this weekend. Warnervale will definitely not be easy. They pushed Terrigal all the way last Saturday and did have their chances in that match. Warnervale have played well in recent weeks. They are also at home so this clash will be quite close. They are however meeting the form team of the competition for this year.

Premier 1 Points
1 Ourimbah 68
2 Terrigal 52
3 Woy Woy 52
4 Kariong 44
5 The Lakes 41
6 Avoca Beach 39
7 Warnervale 29
8 Hornsby 26
9 Gosford 14

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

The Women’s 7’s continues on Saturday. Matches this Saturday will decide the semi-finalists for this year.

CCRU Preview round 17 & Finals Series

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 11th AUGUST, 2018
ROUND 17

This penultimate round of Central Coast Rugby Union sees some exciting encounters, however the standout Match of the Day sees Kariong at home at Kariong Oval against Woy Woy. This battle sees the 3rd and 4th placed teams meeting in an attempt to maybe secure a Major Semi-final position in the Finals. Both teams recorded extremely close wins last Saturday and they would be most thankful for that. Both will be keen to get a further victory again this weekend but both teams will be hoping it is not as close as last week. However the feeling is that it maybe. Both teams are very evenly matched right across the board. Kariong are a solid outfit with a forward pack that can gain good possession but also have a backline that can take good advantage of this ball. Woy Woy have a most effective backline. They can score tries. They will be hoping they can avoid what has occurred for them over the last two weeks where they have scored tries in fulltime to get the result – a draw against Avoca Beach and a win against Hornsby. There is so much to play for in this match. Kariong are at home which is an advantage for them but this clash between these two neighbouring clubs will go right down to the wire.

Hornsby will clash with The Lakes at Mark Taylor Oval this coming Saturday. This is not the penultimate round for Hornsby, as it is their last match of the season as they have a bye in the last round. They will be most keen to put in a grand effort in this their final hit out of the season. They were very unlucky last week not to get the win so will be most keen to get one this Saturday. However they meet The Lakes team that have no choice but to win. The Lakes are still an outside chance of making the Top Four but must win this match and get a bonus point. A win here to The Lakes, and results at other grounds going their way, they can still sneak into the Finals. This will be a close tussle from start to finish. There should be many tries scored in this game as both teams do like to throw the ball around. It should be an exciting match for all those in attendance at the weekend.

Terrigal will be at home at The Haven Oval when they meet Warnervale. Both teams lost their matches last week but only just. Terrigal were well and truly in their match until the final minute against competition leaders Ourimbah while Warnervale were defeated by Avoca Beach also in the final minute of the match. They will both be most keen to turn that around this coming Saturday. These two teams do like to defeat the other so it will make for an interesting clash on Saturday. Terrigal must win to maintain their second spot on the competition table but Warnervale, although out of the running for the Finals, would like to make things very difficult for the home team.

Avoca Beach will host Gosford at Heazlett Park on Saturday. Avoca Beach still have a mathematical chance of making the Top Four but will need to win big here and also hope results go their way at other venues over the next two Saturdays. It does look very remote however. Gosford are coming off the bye so will be freshened up and ready to go. These teams have been intense rivals over many years so the intensity in this match will not be lacking. Avoca Beach have always been very difficult to overcome at home so for that reason they will go into this match as firm favourites. It has been a difficult year for Gosford with only the two wins to their credit so they would very much like to finish the season over the next two Saturdays with some good results.

The Entrance President’s Cup team travels to Ourimbah Rugby Park where their clash with Ourimbah will take place this Friday night.

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

CCRU FINALS SERIES 2018
Match Times :

Minor Semi Final Woy Woy Oval 25 AUGUST

Extra time
10.00 am Under 19’s 3rd v. 4th 60 Mins 5 Mins Each Way

11.25 am Women’s 7’s 3rd v. 4th 14 Mins 5 Minutes only

11.50 am President’s Cup 3rd v. 4th 60 Mins 10 Mins Each Way

1.20 pm Premier 2 3rd v. 4th 70 Mins 10 Mins Each Way

3.00 pm Premier 1 3rd v. 4th 80 Mins 10 Mins Each Way

Major Semi Final Woy Woy Oval 1 SEPTEMBER

Extra time
10.00 am Under 19’s 1st v. 2nd 60 Mins 5 Mins Each Way

11.25 am Women’s 7’s 1st v. 2nd 14 Mins 5 Minutes only

11.50 am President’s Cup 1st v. 2nd 60 Mins 10 Mins Each Way

1.20 pm Premier 2 1st v. 2nd 70 Mins 10 Mins Each Way

3.00 pm Premier 1 1st v. 2nd 80 Mins 10 Mins Each Way

Preliminary Final Woy Woy Oval 8 SEPTEMBER

Extra time

10.00 am Under 19’s Loser Major v. Winner Minor 60 Mins 10 Mins Each way

11.25 am Women’s 7’s Loser Major v. Winner Minor 14 Mins 5 Minutes only

11.50 am President’s Cup Loser Major v. Winner Minor 60 Mins 10 Mins Each way

1.20 pm Premier 2 Loser Major v. Winner Minor 70 Mins 10 Mins Each way

3.00 pm Premier 1 Loser Major v. Winner Minor 80 Mins 10 Mins Each way

** In all matches above, if the scores are level at the end of extra time, the team that finished higher on the table shall be deemed the winner.

Grand Final Day
15th September, 2018
WOY WOY OVAL, WOY WOY

Extra time
9.55 am Under 19’s Winner Major v. Winner Prelim. 60 Min 5 Mins Each Way

11.20 am Women’s 7’s Winner Major v. Winner Prelim. 14 Min 5 Minutes only

11.45 am President’s Cup Winner Major v. Winner Prelim. 60 Min 10 Min Each Way

1.15 pm Premier 2 Winner Major v. Winner Prelim. 70 Min 10 Min Each Way

3.00 pm Premier 1 Winner Major v. Winner Prelim. 80 Min 10 Min Each Way

** In the event that scores are level at the end of extra time, both teams will be declared Joint Premiers.

CCRU Preview round 16

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 4th AUGUST, 2018
ROUND 16

This round of Central Coast Rugby Union matches may go a long way to sorting out the teams that are to make up the Finals Series this year. On the other hand, results may also make it more confusing.

The Match of the Round sees the two top placed teams, Ourimbah and Terrigal, meeting at The Haven Oval. This should be a classic encounter and may even be an indicator of what could occur in the Grand Final later this year. Of course that is quite a while off but the match does hold major significance in terms of what happens in the competition for the remainder of this year. Both teams are coming off good wins last week. Both teams had to fight hard for their victories in those matches but both teams are definitely on a winning streak. Ourimbah have only lost the one match this year, while Terrigal have come good in recent weeks to bring about successive victories. Both teams have excellent depth right across the paddock. Both teams also have a great blend of youth and experience. There is not that much between the two teams. Ourimbah will go into the match as slight favourites – they are leading the competition very easily. However they are playing Terrigal at their home base and Terrigal will enjoy being at home against the competition leaders. A win for Ourimbah will ensure them of the Minor Premiership. Terrigal also know that their second spot on the competition ladder is not assured. They know the second spot is a great asset as the teams involved in the Major Semi-final do get two bites of the cherry. It all makes for a great day of rugby at Terrigal on Saturday.

Another very important game on Saturday will be at Slade Park when The Lakes play Kariong. In many ways this match is more significant than the one described above. Kariong are in fourth spot just ahead of The Lakes who are coming fifth so this match up will go a long way to settling the makeup of the Final Four. If Kariong win they will get some breathing space over the next couple of weeks, while if The Lakes can win these two teams, with Woy Woy, will be in a deadly race for the semi-finals. There will be huge tension around the paddock at Slade Park on Saturday. Of course The Lakes have the advantage of the home ground and this is definitely a huge plus. They are also coming off a bye so will be freshened up and ready to go. Kariong were impressive last week despite their loss. They troubled Ourimbah in the final stages of their match last Saturday. They will be hoping to improve on that performance and to get a win that could cement that spot in the Finals. It will not be for the faint hearted at Budgewoi next Saturday.

Warnervale will host Avoca Beach at Woongarrah Oval and this clash will see a very evenly matched struggle. Warnervale got their first win in many weeks last Saturday and they would very much like to finish the season on a high over the next few weeks. Avoca Beach all but won last Saturday. They drew with Woy Woy in a match that could have gone either way. Both teams have been hit with injuries in recent weeks and the result may even come down on what players can make the paddock. The home ground advantage for Warnervale will be a plus and that may even be the only difference between the two teams.

Woy Woy are at home to Hornsby at Woy Woy Oval. Woy Woy would be favoured to win this clash. The reason for this is that they are at home and that they have so much to play for. They want to stay in the Top Four so a win on Saturday is essential. This clash of the Lions will be an interesting one however. Hornsby caused a major upset in the first round when they toppled Woy Woy and they would very like a repeat of that again this coming Saturday. A win to Hornsby would also see them take the Challenge Shield from Woy Woy and that would be their first piece of hardware in the Central Coast competition.

The Entrance President’s Cup team meets Gosford this Saturday. This match has been transferred to Joseph Banks Oval and the home team would be favoured to secure the win.

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.

CCRU Preview round 15

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 28th JULY, 2018
ROUND 15

The Match of the Day on Saturday sees the crucial clash between Kariong and Ourimbah at Kariong Oval. Kariong are currently in fourth position on the competition ladder and know there are teams just behind them in the race to the Finals. They also know they are up against the team who are setting the pace in this year’s competition so it will be an important and vital match for the home team. Both teams have been playing very good team rugby of late. Ourimbah have been piling on the points in all their fixtures of late and no team has really troubled them on the scoreboard. Ourimbah have very good depth this year and are taking all before them. Ourimbah have only lost the one match this season and that was right back in April so their form had been exemplary of late. They do however face a team this year who have been consistent and strong. Kariong were unlucky in the early parts of the season and lost matches they could have won. But recently they have had some great wins and have suddenly jumped back into the Top Four and into Finals calculations. They will be desperate to win this Saturday. This will to win, and the fact that they are at home, could make this clash a very close affair. It will certainly not be for the faint hearted and it will be a tough battle both in the backs and the forwards. The result of this match will definitely tell us a lot about the prospects of both teams in the weeks ahead.

Avoca Beach will host Woy Woy on Saturday at Heazlett Park and both teams will be desperate for a win. Woy Woy have so much to play for, while Avoca Beach will be just keen to get a win, as it has been many, many weeks since they have recorded one. They are at home so that should be a major boost for their prospects. Woy Woy realise they must keep on winning if they are to maintain their current Top Four spot. Woy Woy have got the vital wins lately and have shown some form in recent weeks. Woy Woy won last Saturday but would have to improve on that performance if they are to keep that winning streak going. It will be an interesting match. Avoca Beach were quite good last week and it was only in the latter stages of the match that the game got away from them. It was a physical encounter and that may have taken a toll on a lot of the players. This match will go right down to the wire and the result will be keenly sought by all.

Warnervale travel to Gosford and this match at Gosford Showground sees two teams who are desperate for a win. It has been a long time since both teams have had a victory. Both teams showed glimpses of form last week and certainly pushed their opposing teams right to the fulltime whistle. But they both just could not get the win. Warnervale won the first round clash between these two sides when they met at their home ground but will find Gosford a tougher opposition at their home base this Saturday. Warnervale had high hopes of making the Finals this year but a series of injuries has disrupted their programme. They will be keen to finish the season on a high and to cause problems to all teams from here until the end of the season. Gosford would very much like to get a win just so they can possibly avoid getting the wooden spoon this year.

Hornsby and Terrigal meet at Mark Taylor Oval in a match up that should see Terrigal secure a further victory this season. Terrigal will be favourites but they are up against a team who usually perform much better at home. Terrigal have been striking some excellent form in recent weeks and this was capped off last week with a pleasing win over Avoca Beach. Hornsby was defeated quite easily by front runners Ourimbah last week and this week it gets no easier for them when they meet the second placed Terrigal. Hornsby still know how to score tries and if Terrigal are slightly off their guard at the weekend they could find themselves in difficulty.

Entrance President’s Cup team return to the paddock this Saturday when they take on The Lakes at Joseph Banks Oval.

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.

CCRU Preview round 14

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 21st JULY, 2018
ROUND 14

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.