2018 CCRU Preview Grand Final



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.


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

2018 CCRU Preview Preliminary Final

SATURDAY, 8th September, 2018

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The Preliminary Final on Saturday at Woy Woy Oval sees a most interesting game of rugby. The match sees two teams coming from two very different scenarios in their last encounter. Terrigal would be most disappointed at having lost last Saturday against Ourimbah, while Woy Woy are coming off a great victory two weeks ago when they accounted for Kariong in such a close match. It all makes for an exciting game of rugby on Saturday.

The Premier 1 Preliminary Final between Terrigal and Woy Woy should be an enthralling game of rugby. Terrigal will go into the clash as favourites on the basis of their higher ranking on the competition table. However during the season these two teams had a win each against each other. Woy Woy won the first round clash in a close one while Terrigal recorded a quite easy victory over Woy Woy in the final match of the season. That result would be a worry for Woy Woy. The Woy Woy camp would have looked at that result and would have trained hard to work out the issues that day. Terrigal have a very solid all round team and they will play constructive, structured rugby in an attempt to reach their third successive Grand Final. Woy Woy do have a certain amount of flair about them and if their backline gets a good supply of ball they can be dangerous from all areas of the field. Terrigal do have some injury concerns but the pleasing player depth in their club will allow them to overcome this. Woy Woy were missing some players in their thrilling win over Kariong so will be strengthened up for this encounter. Players such as Blake Arahill and Wade Hannell were missing in their win over Kariong so these two players in particular will be welcome additions to the team this Saturday. Terrigal will look back on their defeat of Woy Woy only a few weeks ago and will take huge confidence from that win. There is so much at stake on Saturday. Both teams know a win will see a Grand Final appearance against Ourimbah, while a loss sees the end of the season.

The Premier 2 Preliminary Final will be a battle between Terrigal and The Lakes. It is very difficult to decide which way this match will go. These two teams have had a win each against each other this season so this fact alone does not help in deciding on the winner in this match. The Lakes were good in their Major Semi-final loss last week. They pushed Gosford all the way. They are a young team who will attempt to score tries from all sections of the ground. They are an exciting team to watch however they will need to be fully aware of the structure of the Terrigal outfit. This will be a most interesting game of rugby which could go either way.

The President’s Cup Preliminary Final sees two very good teams meeting in what should prove an exciting encounter. The Entrance will take on The Lakes in a match which sees two teams with very similar makeups. Both teams have loads of experience. This will be a battle right to the very end. The Lakes have won both encounters between these two teams this year so for this reason alone will go into the clash as very slight favourites. However Finals are a whole new story. Both teams will be so desperate to reach the 2018 Grand Final for the first time in many years.

Avoca Beach and Warnervale meet in a match they should prove a thriller in the Under 19 Preliminary Final. There has been nothing between these two teams all year and it should be exactly the same situation this coming Saturday. The Under 19 competition is so even, and Avoca Beach went so close last week in reaching the Grand Final. However it was not to be so will have overcome the very good Warnervale outfit. Warnervale were most effective in their Minor Semifinal win. This will be very close tussle to start the day off on Preliminary Final day at Woy Woy Oval.

The Women’s 7’s Preliminary Final between Terrigal and Avoca Beach should be a beauty. This seaside derby will be so tight with both teams most impressive in their recent matches. Terrigal were defeated in a very close Major Semi-final by Woy Woy and Avoca Beach were so impressive in their win in the Minor Semi-final. These two teams are so evenly matched and the result will not be determined until the last stages of the match.


Preliminary Final this Saturday …………………

Woy Woy Oval 8th September

10.00 am Under 19’s Avoca Beach v. Warnervale

11.25 am Women’s 7’s Terrigal v. Avoca Beach

11.50 am President’s Cup The Lakes v. The Entrance

1.20 pm Premier 2 The Lakes v. Terrigal

3.00 pm Premier 1 Terrigal v. Woy Woy

2018 CCRU Preview Major Semi-final

SATURDAY, 1st September, 2018

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The Major Semifinal on Saturday at Woy Woy Oval sees a very much anticipated rugby encounter between two excellent teams, Terrigal and Ourimbah, for the third time this year. They meet in a match that should prove a thriller. The winner proceeds to the Grand Final while the losing team will meet Woy Woy in the Preliminary Final the following weekend.
The Premier 1 Major Semi-final between Terrigal and Ourimbah should be a wonderful game of rugby. Ourimbah will go into the clash as slight favourites on the basis that they have won both their contests this year. Both matches were close, 14-8 and 20-11, but both were victories to Ourimbah. However Terrigal are the reigning Premiers and will be most keen to maintain that status this year. Both teams have good depth, but the forward battle will be the key. Ourimbah have a very settled forward pack, and have very experienced players in that pack. Players such as lock Josefa Biu, prop Brett Cunningham, No.8 Elekama Laupola and flanker Jarrod Grange have been outstanding all year and have set the standard for this Ourimbah team. If Terrigal are to get the win, they will have to take control from this forward pack. Terrigal do have the forwards to compete. Players such as Ethan McInnes, who has returned from serious injury, and Ryan Metcalfe will have to be strong all day. Terrigal do have an excellent backline. They will spread the ball wide, and halves Sekope Maea and Vaughan Kernan will be most keen to get their outside backs on the go forward. These backs, headed by Dan Sargeant and Frankie Webber, should prove dangerous with the ball in hand. These two teams have been the form teams all year and both deserve to be in this semifinal. They also both know that a win will get them a direct entry to the Grand Final and avoid a worrying clash with Woy Woy in the Preliminary Final. It will be a close match and the result will probably not be determined until late in the match.

The Premier 2 Major Semifinal will be a battle between Gosford and The Lakes. These two teams are quite evenly matched. They have had a win each against each other during the season. However it was Gosford who won the last encounter by the narrowest of margins, 15 points to 14. So there will be absolutely nothing in this clash. Gosford contains some very experienced players right across the paddock, while The Lakes have a young and most committed team. In some ways there is less pressure on teams in a Major Semifinal because the teams do get two bites of the cherry. However it is also very good to go straight in to the big one. It will be most interesting to see who does that on Saturday.

The President’s Cup Major Semifinal sees two very good teams meeting in what should prove a most interesting encounter. The Lakes take on Ourimbah in what is a clash between two quite similar teams. Both squads have loads of experience but at the same time there is some youth. However experience will dominate. The two teams have had a win apiece this year but there was never too much between them. These two teams have set the pace for much of this year in this grade and both deserve to be there on Saturday. It all makes for an exciting game of rugby.

Woy Woy and Avoca Beach will both go into the Under 19 Minor Semifinal with outstanding chances of getting the win. The Under 19 competition has been topsy turvy all season so both teams know they can win this clash. The two teams were only separated by the single point on the competition table so this fact alone shows that this contest will go right down to the final whistle.

The Women’s 7’s Major Semifinal is between Minor Premiers Woy Woy and Terrigal. Woy Woy will go into the match as favourites as they have been the form team in the competition all year. However Finals rugby is a whole new story and both teams will be most keen to go straight through to the Grand Final in two weeks time.


Major Semi Final Woy Woy Oval 1 SEPTEMBER

10.00 am Under 19’s Woy Woy v. Avoca Beach

11.25 am Women’s 7’s Woy Woy v. Terrigal

11.50 am President’s Cup Ourimbah v. The Lakes

1.20 pm Premier 2 Gosford v. The Lakes

3.00 pm Premier 1 Ourimbah v. Terrigal

2018 CCRU Preview Minor Semi-final




The 2018 Finals Series has finally arrived. In a year where the struggle to make the Finals was intense from the opening rounds, it now come down to only four teams remaining in the race to the Major Premiership. The Final Four sees four Premier 1 teams that are quite evenly matched and it should prove a close Premiership. The Final four was not confirmed until the final round last Saturday.

Saturday’s Premier 1 Minor Semi-final sees Woy Woy and Kariong meeting at Woy Woy Oval. This will prove a most interesting match up. Woy Woy finished third on the competition table and have shown quite good form all year. Woy Woy have had some great results during the year but at other times have seen matches slip away quite unexpectedly. However they have had two very close wins over their rivals Kariong during the season. Both were close, 29-24 in the first round, and quite recently they won with a try on the fulltime whistle to win 30 to 28. It is obvious the clash on Saturday will be close if these two games are anything to go on. Because of these two wins, Woy Woy may have that psychological advantage but Finals rugby is a very different story. Both teams can score tries. Their respective backlines contain players who can make inroads into any opposition. Kariong will rely heavily on players such as Mitch Clay, Ryan Wallbank, Brent Bovis and Jake Holwill. Woy Woy also have players to do the same. These players include Wade Hannell, Mitch Hyde, Dante Otto and Fokolulu Taumalolo. But it is in the forwards where most games are won and lost. The two sets of forwards appear to be very evenly matched so it will come down to which group of forwards are the more committed on the day. Both teams know their season is on the line. The winner on Saturday goes through to the Preliminary Final while the losing team can hang up their boots for the season. This will be an intense struggle and will closely fought for the entire 80 minutes.

The Premier 2 Minor Semi-final is between Terrigal and Ourimbah. It all makes for an exciting clash on Saturday. These two teams have had a win apiece during the season. The first clash saw Ourimbah winning very easily but their recent fixture resulted in Terrigal winning a very close match 13 points to 10. This will be another hard and closely contested match. Both teams have a combination of youth and experience and on paper appear to once again to be evenly matched.

The President’s Cup Minor Semi-final sees Terrigal playing The Entrance. The two teams have had two close battles over the year. The two teams have had a win apiece during this season but the last clash saw The Entrance winning by the very bare margin of 8 points to 7. The President’s Cup competition this year has been a close one and has seen rugby played at a good standard. The Minor Semi-final on Saturday between these two teams will reflect this – it will be good standard match and will be close. Terrigal did finish the season much higher on the competition ladder than The Entrance but Finals rugby sees both teams back on a level footing.

The Under 19 Minor Semi-final sees Terrigal up against Warnervale. The Colts competition this year has been an excellent one and all four teams have been defeating each other all season. There is no clear favourite in this grade on which team will win this Premiership. However both teams know that on Saturday only one can continue on in the Finals.

For the first time Women’s 7’s takes the stage in Central Coast Rugby Union Finals rugby. The Minor Semi-final will see Avoca Beach playing Warnervale to see who has the right to continue on in the Finals Series.


Minor Semi Final Woy Woy Oval 25 AUGUST 2018
10.00 am Under 19’s Terrigal v. Warnervale
11.25 am Women’s 7’s Avoca Beach v. Warnervale
11.50 am President’s Cup Terrigal v. The Entrance
1.20 pm Premier 2 Terrigal v. Ourimbah
3.00 pm Premier 1 Woy Woy v. Kariong

CCRU Preview 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.