NSW RU COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS - WARREN
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CENTRAL COAST COMPETE AT THE NSW RUGBY UNION COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS IN WARREN
Central Coast had a great weekend at Warren in the NSW Country Championships. The Senior XV, Colts XV and Women’s 7’s teams competed over the two days of the Championships.
The highlight of the Championships was the performance of the Senior 1st XV who won both their two matches over the weekend to become NSW Country Champions.
It was a great achievement by this team and the win vindicates all the hard work put in by the players and the coaching staff.
On the Saturday Central Coast played Far North Coast and were convincing winners by 36 points 21. It was a great result. Although Far North Coast came back at the Coast team in the second half, the lead of 33 points to 7 at halftime had all but secured the win.
The big win sent Central Coast into the Final of the Richardson Shield on the Sunday. They were to meet the local team Western Plains. In front of a big crowd the match saw Central Coast take control from the opening whistle. The team led by 33 points to nil at halftime and the team had silenced the home crowd. Central Coast went on to win by 47 points to 19. It was an exceptional win on the scoreboard but it was at the same time a hard physical match. The win sees the Central Coast team as NSW Country Champions.
Central Coast Colts had a tough couple of days. They improved greatly as the weekend progressed but were unable to trouble either of their opposition teams. They lost easily to Central West on the Saturday by 44 points to 7. It was a far more concerted effort on Sunday, and although the score against Illawarra was locked at 17 points all at halftime, they went on to lose by 38 to 22.
The Women 7’s had a wonderful campaign. The team played 5 matches over the 2 days, winning 3. They were the unlucky team at the Championships but did play very good rugby. The team finished 5th at the Championships and performed very well. Two very close losses on the first day prevented them from reaching the semi-finals on Day 2.
Central Coast 36 Far North Coast 21
RICHARDSON SHIELD FINAL
Central Coast 47 Western Plains 19
Central West 44 Central Coast 7
Illawarra 38 Central Coast 22
Central Coast 15 Central North 17
Central Coast 5 Central West 12
Central Coast 20 Western Plains 0
Central Coast 17 New England 10
Central Coast 44 Western Plains 0