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SATURDAY, 22 nd APRIL, 2023

The 2023 Central Coast Rugby Union season continues next Saturday. There are four (4) Swietelsky Premier 1 matches – all matches should be tight.

Another feature of this year will be the company SWIETELSKY continuing as a major sponsor of Central Coast Rugby Union. The Premier 1 competition continues to be known as the Swietelsky Premier 1 competition.

The Match of the Day in Round 1will be the clash at Ourimbah Rugby Park between home team the Razorbacks and visitors The Lakes. This should be a titanic struggle. Both teams played well in Round 1. The Razorbacks did not have it all their own way last Saturday against Woy Woy and will need to improve in certain areas, to keep The Lakes at bay. The Razorbacks are at home and that will be a huge plus for them. The Lakes gave it their all, last week against Avoca Beach and despite losing that match, will have high hopes of winning this Saturday. The Lakes have lost numerous players from last year and it will take quite a while for the new players to settle in. They do know they need a win however. The Lakes have a very young but dangerous backline. The Razorbacks will be strong and will go into this clash as slight favourites. This is because of their experience as well as that vital home ground advantage.

The Haven will host an equally interesting clash on Saturday between home team Terrigal and Lake Macquarie. Terrigal are at home which is a plus for them but they meet Lake Macquarie who had a quite good game last Saturday. However, they will be keen to make an improvement on that this coming weekend. Terrigal will be so keen to get on the paddock. With the season start delayed, and them having the bye in Round 1, they will be itching to go. Terrigal will go into this match as favourites but anything could in this first ever clash between these two teams.

Avoca Beach and Hornsby meet at Heazlett Park in what should prove an exciting clash. Avoca Beach are coming off a pleasing win over The Lakes last Saturday. This win was also away from home which makes it all the more pleasing. Hornsby are coming off a close loss to Gosford last week so will be most keen to get on the victors’ dais this coming Saturday. It will be difficult. Avoca Beach are at home and are aways strong at Heazlett. This match will be close and could go either way.

Woy Woy travel to Woongarrah Oval to play Warnervale. Warnervale will go into this match as favourites based on performances from last week. However, anything could happen in this clash. Warnervale played very well in their victory last week and will be most keen to keep that winning feeling going. Woy Woy were most competitive at home last week but they know they must get a win early in the season to keep in touch with all the other clubs. They also know they must perform well away from home.

The Bay Rugby Club and a Gosford/Kariong team will be playing in the President’s Cup this year. On Saturday The Bay will play Warnervale, while the Gosford/Kariong Presidents Cup team meets Avoca Beach.

Saturday also sees the continuance of the Central Coast Women’s 10’s competition. This year the clubs continue with 10-a-side rugby and there will be seven teams in this year’s competition. There are three matches this coming Saturday – Warnervale is at home to Woy Woy, Razorbacks meet The Lakes at home, and Hornsby meet Avoca Beach at Heazlett Park.

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