2018 CCRU Preview Grand Final
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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 15th SEPTEMBER, 2018
WOY WOY OVAL
The culmination of the 2018 Central Coast Rugby Union season has been reached. The conclusion of the season sees the Premier 1 Grand Final between Terrigal and Ourimbah at Woy Woy Oval. This will be a most enthralling game of rugby and it is most difficult to predict the winner
The Grand Final is a repeat of the Major Semi-final two weeks ago. That match saw Ourimbah win quite comfortably but Grand Finals are a whole new story. Ourimbah won the Major Semi-final and progressed to this week’s Grand Final, while Terrigal were too good for Woy Woy last Saturday to set up the rematch. Both sets of coaches would have learnt a lot from the Major Semi-final clash. Terrigal’s Coaching staff of Chester Scott, Craig McWilliam and Michael Farrelly, and Ourimbah’s Coach Brett Marchant, all know what is required and what to expect, but it will be up to their players to implement what they say. These two sides have been the two standout teams this year and both fully deserve to be in the big one on Saturday. Ourimbah have won all their three meetings this year so will go into the Grand Final as slight favourites. Ourimbah are coming off the week’s break so they will be freshened up and ready to go. They do appear not to have any major injury concerns so they will have their strongest combination on the paddock. Forwards Rob Peden, Josefa Biu and Brett Cunningham demonstrate the strength of their forward pack, but also their reliance on both youth and experience. They also have the backs to finish things off. Halfback Matt King has been in outstanding form in recent weeks and has set a great platform for his backline, and has proved a masterful link between the forwards and the backs. Ourimbah also have the season’s Zone highest pointscorer in Jarrod Grange. Grange played much of the season as flanker but in recent weeks has made an impact at centre. Terrigal have been hit with injuries this year and that has continued through the Finals. However there can be no excuses on Grand Final day. Just in recent weeks they have lost through injury players such as Vaughan Kernan, Josh Cotter and Frankie Webber, just to name a few. Terrigal will rely heavily on the experience of players such as flanker Ryan Metcalfe, centre Mitch Hirst, hooker Ethan McInnes, lock Alex Brewin, five-eight Marc Koteczky, halfback Sekope Maea and fullback Dan Sargeant. Terrigal do have the players to defend their Premiership title but they will need to be totally committed for the entire 80 minutes. Terrigal would very much like to get three Premierships in a row. Ourimbah last won in 2015 and they would think it’s their time this year. These two clubs have won the last three Premierships, and have been dominant once again this year in the Premiership race. It is certainly a mouth watering clash with both teams desperate to win. It will be an emotional day for both teams, and it will come down to the team who can best control those emotions and who can play the most consistent rugby on the day.
The Premier 2 Grand Final on Saturday sees Gosford taking on The Lakes in what will prove a physical and fast game of rugby. These two met each in the Major Semi-final two weeks ago and Gosford were the winners. It did take Gosford a long time to gain the ascendancy in that clash. That particular match was a tough game of rugby and both teams kept coming at each other. This match will go right down to the wire. Gosford had been in several Premier 2 Grand Finals in recent years and do have the experience because of that. However they are up against a team who have rarely made a Grand Final and will be most hungry to get success. These two teams have been the form teams in this grade all year and both fully deserve to be playing in the big one on Saturday.
The President’s Cup Grand Final has Ourimbah playing the Entrance. Ourimbah took out the Minor Premiership in this grade and have been the team to beat all year but Finals rugby is a totally different ball game. Ourimbah won both the matches between these two teams this year so will go into this encounter as favourites. The Entrance have come from fourth position on the competition ladder and will be keen to go all the way. They have played their best rugby in the Finals and they will seek to improve on that again this Saturday. It is a huge day for the Ourimbah club, having two teams in Grand Finals, and they would like to commence their campaign with a win in this clash.
Woy Woy will play Avoca Beach in the Under 19 Grand Final on Saturday. Woy Woy were first into the Grand Final when they defeated Avoca Beach in the Major Semi-final but there was absolutely nothing between the two teams that day. Woy Woy kicked a penalty goal after the hooter to get the victory. This Grand Final should be just as close. Both teams are full of match winners, and their struggle two weeks ago in the Major Semi-final was a great game of rugby. Both teams will definitely see themselves as a real chance to take the Premiership in this grade this weekend.
The Women’s 7’s Grand Final between Woy Woy and Avoca Beach should be just as close as the match described above between the same two clubs. Woy Woy have been the form team during the year, and were Minor Premiers, and have had some great wins. Avoca Beach however have improved with every match this year and certainly do loom as a very serious threat to the Woy Woy outfit. This Grand Final will prove a nail biter from start to finish.
TEAM LINEUPS ON SATURDAY :
GRAND FINAL on Saturday
Woy Woy Oval 15th September
9.55 am Under 19’s Woy Woy v. Avoca Beach
11.20 am Women’s 7’s Woy Woy v. Avoca Beach
11.45 am President’s Cup Ourimbah v. The Entrance
1.15 pm Premier 2 Gosford v. The Lakes
3.00 pm Premier 1 Ourimbah v. Terrigal