CCRU Grand Final results & report.



Ourimbah 21
Josefa Biu, Will Fraser, Owen Turner tries;
Jarrod Grange 3 conversions
Terrigal 17
Jay Grogan, Dyon Williams, Dylan Calabria tries;
Marc Koteczky

The Lakes 23
Mark Tipple 2, Kane Dunkley tries;
Alec Herridge 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals
Gosford 20
Wes Bull try;
Penalty try;
Damien Montgomery 1 conversion,
2 penalty goals

Ourimbah 20
Chris Smith 2, Adam Williams, Ryan Keegan tries
The Entrance 0

UNDER 19’s
Avoca Beach 23
Kye Blair, Michael Houssenloge tries;
Reece Piepers 2 conversions, 3 penalty goals
Woy Woy 7
Nale Fanua try;
Ben Austine 1 conversion

Avoca Beach 17
Inger Visser, Jessie Jensen, Renee Staben tries;
Inge Visser 1 conversion
Woy Woy 7
Aliyah Rodominski try;
Aliyah Rodominski 1 conversion

The Central Coast Rugby Union Grand Final at Woy Woy Oval saw Ourimbah win the Premier 1 Premiership when they defeated Terrigal by 21 points to 17. In a match played before a large crowd, Ourimbah added the Premiership to their Minor Premiership.
Played in fine and very warm conditions, with a consistent breeze, both teams commenced the match with a display of very tight rugby in the opening 10 minutes. It was typical Grand Final rugby where no quarter was given or asked for. Very little happened on the scoreboard during this period as both teams were putting each other to the complete test. Both teams did have some opportunity to post points but it was not to be until the 13th minute when Terrigal opened the scoring with a great try to prop Jay Grogan. The try followed up a strong forward surge by the entire Terrigal pack. This 5 nil scoreline remained the status quo on the scoreboard for the majority of the first half. Both teams had periods of attack but neither side was able to get that necessary breakthrough. Both teams were playing very well in what were abnormally warm conditions. Terrigal had the breeze at their backs and they were able to hold the as ascendancy for a large part of the middle period of the first half. Terrigal were also getting a good flow of penalties but just could not add to their tally on the scoreboard. The set pieces were very even and if anything, the Terrigal scrum was matching it very well with a strong Ourimbah pack. It was not until the 33rd minute that Ourimbah were able to even things up when they crossed for a try, and then took the lead with the conversion. Their try also resulted from a strong forward surge when their prop Will Fraser crossed adjacent to the posts. The conversion by Jarrod Grange had taken Ourimbah to the lead by 7 points to 5. This remained the score at the halftime break so the Premiership was still very much up for grabs. The first half was certainly an arm wrestle. Both teams had some very strong performers. Ourimbah’s best players were halfback Matt King, who led from the front, and lock Josefa Biu. Others to play well were No.8 Rob Peden, and centres Jarrod Grange and Owen Turner. Terrigal were best served by their NSW Country representative player and five-eight Marc Kotecsky, lock Alex Brewin, halfback Sekope Maea, and fullback Dan Sargeant. Terrigal were straight away on the attack at the start of the second half. They were rewarded with a second try when winger Dyon Williams crossed in the corner in the 8th minute of the second stanza. This try followed an excellent backline movement headed by five-eight Marc Kotecsky. The conversion of this try took Terrigal to a 12 points to 7 lead in the match. The match was proving a very even, hard fought game of rugby – it was a typical Grand Final rugby. Things were starting to get anxious for both teams as they entered the last quarter of the match. It was around the 20 minute mark of the second half that things changed. In the 18th minute, big Ourimbah lock Josefa Biu finished a good backline movement for him to crash over for a converted try. This try took Ourimbah to the lead by 14 points to 12. They quickly followed this try with another, when in the 24th minute, centre Owen Turner scored a spectacular 50 metre try which went through several sets of hands. Suddenly Ourimbah had jumped to a handy 21 points to 12 lead in what had proved such a close contest. They were definitely in the ascendancy at that stage. However Terrigal were not to be denied. They responded with their own try, when in the 31st minute, centre Dylan Calabria crossed for a try wide out. With the scores now at Ourimbah 21 Terrigal 17, the struggle and intensity in the final 10 minutes was there for all to see. No further points were scored but there were chances for both sides. Ourimbah were able to hang on and at the final hooter had secured the Premier 1 Premiership. Both teams had crossed for three tries apiece in the match and this fact alone demonstrated the tightness of the entire Grand Final. It was a great Grand Final. It was a good performance by both teams but it was Ourimbah who were rewarded for being the dominant team in Premier 1 this year. It was their fourth win over Terrigal this year, and they richly deserved the Premiership. Ourimbah were Major Premiers in 2018.

The Lakes defeated Gosford in the Premier 2 Grand Final by 23 points to 20. This encounter was an intense affair from start to finish. The lead in the match chopped and changed right through to the very final stage of the second half. The Lakes got away to the better start, and with a penalty goal and a converted try had jumped to a handy 10 points to nil lead midway through the first half. Gosford got themselves right back into the match before halftime with a converted try, and at the break it was The Lakes leading by 10 points to 7. The start of second half saw Gosford gain the ascendancy, and with a penalty goal and a penalty try, had raced to a 17 points to 10 lead. It was proving such an intense contest and with the hot conditions, both teams were feeling the strain. The Lakes responded with two quick tries, while Gosford kicked a penalty goal, and suddenly the scores were locked at 20 points apiece with time running out. Both teams had some very good performers. Centre Mark Tipple was great for The Lakes, and he crossed for two very good tries. He was supported by strong performances from fullback Alec Herridge and prop Chad Goodhand. Best for Gosford were lock Wes Bull, No.8 Andrew Moseley and flanker Richie Cully. It was The Lakes who kicked a late penalty goal in the final minutes to fullback Alec Herridge to snatch the victory. The win to the The Lakes Premier 2 team capped off a wonderful season for the team from up north

In a match played in quite hot conditions, Ourimbah appeared to be always in control when they won the President’s Cup Grand Final, defeating The Entrance by 20 points to 0. Ourimbah showed too much experience for their rivals and were able to grind The Entrance into defeat. Ourimbah scored four tries to nil in the match and that was an accurate description of the flow of the entire match. Ourimbah posted two tries in each half in what proved a very consistent performance. Best players for Ourimbah were halfback Alex Lucas, No.8 Chris Smith, who crossed for 2 tries, and centre Mark Littlefield. The Entrance had a great season capped off with making the Grand Final. They came from fourth position but just could not get things to go their way on the day. Players such as flanker Joel Laws, five-eight Andrew Danckert and lock Thomas Falconer never stopped all day. The win by Ourimbah completed a very good day for the Ourimbah club with premierships in both Premier 1 and President’s Cup.

Avoca Beach defeated Woy Woy in the Under 19 Grand Final by 23 points to 7. It was an intense, spirited contest in the first half. However it was Avoca Beach who gradually gained control the further the first half progressed. Avoca Beach had jumped to a 10 points to nil lead at the halftime break and everything appeared to be going their way. Woy Woy did respond with their own converted try early in the second half and suddenly things were grew more tense with the score 10 – 7 in favour of Avoca Beach. However the further the match went on, the more Avoca Beach gained the momentum. Avoca Beach weer able to post 13 points in the final 20 minutes of the second half and this was enough to secure the Premiership. Best for Avoca Beach on the day were fullback Reece Piepers, lock Matt Peebles, halfback Kye Blair and centre Michael Houssenloge. Woy Woy never stopped trying. Their best players were lock Ben Austine and centre Tamani McInnes-Cama. It was the third successive Premiership in this grade for Avoca Beach, who were able to cap off some excellent late season form with this win.

Avoca Beach also won the Women’s 7’s Grand Final when they defeated Minor Premiers Woy Woy by 17 points to 7. Avoca Beach completed a great late season run when they proved too strong for Woy Woy. Avoca Beach went to the halftime break leading by 10 points to nil, and had all but secured the Premiership even at that stage. Avoca Beach crossed for a third try early in the second half and they then led by 17 points to 0. Woy Woy did score a late converted try but it was all too late. Best players for Avoca Beach were Jessie Jensen, Inge Visser and Renee Staben. Woy Woy were best served by Holly Johnstone and Aliyah Rodominski. Avoca Beach had won the fist ever Women’s 7’s Premiership in central Coast rugby after having won last 15’s Premiership in 2002.

CCRU Preliminary final results & report.



Central Coast Rugby Union

Terrigal 28
Ethan McInnes, Mark Koteczky, Dan Sargeant tries;
Mark Kotecsky 2 conversions, 3 penalty goals
Woy Woy 10
Fokolulu Taumololo try;
Fokolulu Taumololo 1 conversion;
Alex Moore 1 penalty goal

The Lakes 23
Ollie Harris, Luke Crowe tries;
Alec Herridge 2 conversions, 3 penalty goals
Terrigal 16
Aaron Tait 3 penalty goals;
Penalty Try

The Entrance 24
Brad Pond, Tom Falconer, Ryan Dawkins tries;
Andrew Dankert 3 conversions, 1 penalty goal
The Lakes 10
Saki Sevagone, Ben Kaifa tries

UNDER 19’s
Avoca Beach 36
Sebastian Eguia, Harry Layton, Liam Vanezis, Reece Piepers tries;
Reece Jacobs 2 penalty goals;
Reece Piepers 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals
Warnervale 10
Nathan Kegg, Elijah Waqa tries

Avoca Beach 19
Inge Visser, Taylah Welsh, Elana Withnall tries;
Inge Visser 2 conversions
Terrigal 5
Shenay Ball try

The Premier 1 Preliminary Final at Woy Woy Oval saw Terrigal proving too strong for Woy Woy, running out winners by 28 points to 10. In a match played under clearing skies, and the first 15 minutes was a quite even struggle. Both teams had periods of ascendancy but then both had defend vigorously at other times. Woy Woy did open the scoring in the 3rd minute when their winger Alex Moore kicked a penalty goal for Woy Woy to lead by 3 points to nil. However it did not take too long before Terrigal was able to respond. Five-eight Mark Koteczky made an excellent break to score adjacent to the posts. He converted his own try to take Terrigal to the lead by 7 points to 3. He quickly followed this up with a penalty goal and suddenly Terrigal had jumped to a handy 10 points to 3 lead. After what was a relatively even opening stage, it was Terrigal who then controlled much of the play from the 15th to the 30th minutes of the first half. They were on continual attack and putting the Woy Woy team to the test. They were rewarded for their efforts with a further try in the 23rd minute when fullback Dan Sargeant made a decisive run along touch to increase Terrigal’s lead to 15 points to 3. Woy Woy did hit back soon after this try with their only try of the match. An individual effort by fullback Fokolulu Taumololo saw a converted try reduce the Terrigal lead to 15 points to 10. Despite Terrigal doing much of the attacking in the first half the score was still very close and it was still anyone’s match. Terrigal did kick a second penalty goal right on halftime to see them go to the halftime break leading by 18 points to 10. It was a pleasing first half of Finals rugby. Best players for Terrigal were lock Alex Brewin, five eight Mark Koteczky, fullback Dan Sargeant and flanker Ryan Metcalfe. The second half opened with a further penalty goal to Terrigal’s Mark Koteczky and Terrigal had gone to a 21 points to 10 lead. The next 20 minutes saw no action on the scoreboard but plenty on the paddock. It was a physical clash, and some very heavy defence from both sides was witnessed. Everyone felt Woy Woy had to score next if they were to get back into the match. But it did not happen. In fact, in the 22nd minute of the second half Terrigal hooker Ethan McInnes capped off a fine performance with a try that had placed his side in a quite comfortable position, leading by 28 points to 10. There was no further scoring in the match. The remainder of the half was dominated by some good defence. The second half saw Terrigal keep Woy Woy scoreless while they themselves were able to post 10 invaluable points. Woy Woy tried everything to get back into the match, but it was simply not their day. Best for Woy Woy were fullback Fokolulu Taumololo, halfback Mitch Hyde, and flanker Blake Arahill. Terrigal continue on and have a rematch with Ourimbah in next Saturday’s Grand Final – this is replay of last week’s Major Semi-final and that Grand Final will be a hard fought encounter. Woy Woy finish up for the year but despite this loss can be well proud of their efforts this season in reaching the Preliminary Final.

The Lakes defeated Terrigal in Premier 2 when they won the Preliminary Final by 23 points to 16. The match was very even throughout and it did take both teams quite some time to gain any real ascendancy. It was 6 all at halftime with 2 penalty goals each with neither team able to break through for a try. It remained 9 all well into the second half before The Lakes scored 2 quick tries to take a good lead of 23 points to 9. Despite this lead Terrigal fought back hard, and a penalty try to them late in the match certainly made for a close and gripping final few minutes. The Lakes move into the Grand Final and meet Gosford next Saturday. Like the Premier 1 clash, it will be a repeat of the Major Semi-final.

In what proved a most even and dogged match, The Entrance won the President’s Cup Preliminary Final, defeating The Lakes by 24 points to 10. The Entrance got away to a great start with a converted try early on, and then was able to follow this up with a second try before halftime. The halftime lead of 17 points to nil was most handy but certainly not enough to ensure victory. However another try early in the second half, and a 24 points to nil lead well into the match, saw The Entrance secure the win. The Lakes did cross for two late tries but it was all too late for them. The Entrance goes in the Grand Final and will meet Ourimbah next Saturday.

In a display a great Finals rugby, Avoca Beach defeated Terrigal in the Under 19 Preliminary Final by 36 points to 10. It was an exciting match from start to finish and the skill level displayed by both teams was excellent. However Avoca Beach were proving the stronger team and by halftime had jumped to a 11 points to nil lead. They were even more dominant in the second stanza and were able to post a further 25 points in that half. Avoca Beach move into the Grand Final next Saturday and meet Minor Premiers Woy Woy in the big one.

The Women’s 7’s Preliminary Final saw Avoca Beach run out victors over Terrigal by 19 points to 5. A great first half by Avoca Beach saw them pile on 3 tries and 19 points for a match winning lead. Terrigal kept Avoca Beach scoreless in the second half and they also scored their own try on fulltime, but it was all too late for them. Avoca Beach meets Woy Woy in the Grand Final next Saturday in what should be an enthralling match.

GRAND FINAL next week

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

CCRU Major Semi final results & report.


Central Coast Rugby Union

Ourimbah 42
Rob Peden, Tyler Jones, Owen Turner, Matt King, Jarrod Grange tries;
Jarrod Grange 4 conversions, 2 penalty goals;
Jaydn Pearson 1 penalty goal
Terrigal 23
Conor Lowndes try,
Conor Lowndes 6 penalty goals

Gosford 15
Josh McGlynn, Shay Neist tries;
Damien Montgomery 1 conversion,
1 penalty goal
The Lakes 7
Mark Tipple try;
Lachlan Pryse-Jones 1 conversion

Ourimbah 29
Saxon Lette 2, Alex Lucas, Nick Meyer, Mark Littlefield tries;
Jim Holt 2 conversions
The Lakes 5
Seki Sevagone try

UNDER 19’s
Woy Woy 23
Scott Ofahengaue, Atoni Reuelu tries;
Ben Austine 2 conversions, 3 penalty goals
Avoca Beach 22
Michael Houssenloge, Seb Eguia tries
Reece Jacobs 1 penalty goal;
Reece Piepers 1 conversion;
1 Penalty Try

Woy Woy 10
Sherridan Hulls, Aliyah Rodominski tries
Terrigal 7
Sophie Dryden try;
Shenay Ball 1 conversion

Ourimbah defeated Terrigal in the Premier 1 Major Semi-Final at Woy Woy Oval by 42 points to 23. The match saw Ourimbah lead throughout the entire 80 minutes. They always appeared to be in control but Terrigal did stay in contact on the scoreboard for the majority of the match.
Ourimbah got away to a great start and they were over for a try within the opening 2 minutes of the match. Centre Owen Turner raced across for the opening try. This converted try saw Ourimbah leading by 7 points to nil after only a couple of minutes. This was quickly followed up by a penalty goal and this 10 points to nil lead was just the start that Ourimbah had hoped for. The next 20 minutes saw both teams make inroads but to little avail. Play went from one end of the field to the other and both teams had opportunities to score. Terrigal did get back into the match with three penalty goals to fullback Conor Lowndes. With the score at 10-9 at the 25th minute mark both teams knew they were still very much in this contest. Ourimbah were looking the more dangerous at this stage and threatened to score on several occasions. However various errors at the breakdown by Ourimbah saw Terrigal kick these penalty goals to keep them in the match. Around the 30 minute mark, in the 28th and the 34th minutes, Ourimbah surged ahead on the scoreboard. Ourimbah cemented a very handy lead when they scored a great try to No.8 Rob Peden, and then quickly followed it up with their third try to halfback Matt King. Suddenly the score had jumped to 22 points to 9 and the Ourimbah were certainly in the ascendancy at that stage. Terrigal kicked their fourth penalty goal right on halftime to reduce the lead. However the 22 points to 12 lead at the halftime break to Ourimbah saw them well in control. The opening minutes of the second half saw Terrigal convert two penalty goals. This enabled them to reduce the Ourimbah lead to 22 points to 18. Despite the fact that Ourimbah had scored 3 tries to nil, Terrigal were still very much in this match on the scoreboard. A great try to Tyler Jones in the 15th minute of this half saw Ourimbah further their lead to 29 points to 18. This was an excellent team try with some very good support play. Ourimbah had some very good performers in this match. None were better than No.8 Rob Peden, centres Owen Turner and Jarrod Grange, and flankers Craig Thomas and James Blanch. Ourimbah then kicked a penalty goal to lead by 32 points to 18 before Terrigal crossed for their lone try in the match. This try was scored by fullback Conor Lowndes who capped off a great match by scoring all of Terrigal’s 23 points. A wonderful effort. Ourimbah cemented a convincing victory near fulltime when their centre Jarrod Grange crossed for the team’s fifth try. Ourimbah had run out winners by 42 points to 23. Terrigal’s best players included flanker Mike Ozdillii, five-eight Mark Koteczky, and fullback Conor Lowndes. Terrigal will meet Woy Woy in next Saturday’s Preliminary Final. It was a great effort by the Ourimbah side and a well deserved win. Terrigal will go back to the drawing board and work hard this week to prepare for a tough clash against Woy Woy who are coming off a solid Minor Semi-Final win over Kariong.

The Premier 2 Major Semi-Final saw Gosford defeat The Lakes by 15 points to 7. This was an intense, hard fought match throughout. It was a physical clash and neither team would say die. The first half was a very even affair. Gosford were only able to break the nil all deadlock tight on halftime to go to the break leading by 5 points to nil. The Lakes took the lead in the second half through some solid play but it was Gosford who hit back soon after to secure the win. Both teams knew they were in a rugby match with some strong defence by both teams. Gosford head straight to the Grand Final while The Lakes will play Terrigal next Saturday.

The President’s Cup Major Semi-Final saw Ourimbah claim a relatively easy victory when they defeated The Lakes by 29 points to 5. Ourimbah always appeared to be in control. They went to the halftime break leading by 12 points to nil and then were able to follow this up with a further 17 points in the second stanza. The Lakes did score a try near fulltime but it was all too late. The Lakes will play The Entrance in next Saturday’s Preliminary Final, while Gosford will prepare for the big one in a fortnight’s time.

In a see-sawing encounter, the Under 19’s Major Semi-Final resulted in Woy Woy kicking a penalty goal on fulltime to defeat Avoca Beach by 23 points to 22. Woy Woy had a very good first half and went to a deserved 17 points to 8 lead at the halftime break. Avoca Beach fought back in the second half to enable them to take the lead late in the match. However the penalty goal on fulltime saw Woy Woy snatch the single point win. Woy Woy are into the Grand Final and Avoca Beach will play Warnervale next Saturday.

The Women’s 7’s Major Semi-final was an even struggle from start to finish but it was Minor Premiers Woy Woy who hung on to defeat Terrigal by 10 points to 7. It was an exciting and hectic game of rugby with both teams putting on a pleasing game of 7’s rugby. Woy Woy have reached the Grand Final while Terrigal and Avoca Beach will meet each other next Saturday to see who has the right to go to the Grand Final.

Preliminary Final next week …………………
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

CCRU Minor Semi final results & report.


Frankie Webber for Terrigal at Central Coast Rugby Union premier division major semi final Terrigal v Avoca Beach at Woy Woy Oval pic Sue Grahaml

Woy Woy 21
Alifeleti Atiola 2, Fokolulu Taumololo tries;
Alex Moore 3 conversions
Kariong 18
Brent Bovis, Henry Ahovelo tries;
Scott Hanley 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals

Terrigal 22
Blake Cavanagh, Mackenzie Stevens tries;
Penalty Try 1;
Conor Lowndes 1 conversion, 1 penalty goal
5 Rob Peden try

The Entrance 13
Tavita Vaoga try;
Andrew Danckert 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals
Terrigal 11
James Pettit try;
Chris Brown 2 penalty goals

UNDER 19’s
Warnervale 33
Jack Gray 2, Lachlan Natapu, Royce Smith, Tom Kaati tries;
Matthew Martin 4 conversions
Terrigal 22
Nick Armstrong 2, Tom Kennedy tries;
Colin Sneyd 2 conversions, 1 penalty goal

Avoca Beach 36
Taylah Welsh 2, Elana Withnall 2, Summer Witt, Renee Staben tries;
Inge Visser 3 conversions
Warnervale 5
April Radford try

In the Premier 1 Minor Semi-final at Woy Woy Oval, Woy Woy scored on fulltime to defeat Kariong by 21 points to 18. In a nail biting game both teams had periods of ascendancy but the result was not decided until the last few seconds of the match. Woy Woy have won their three clashes this year but all by the narrowest of margins. Kariong got away to a good start with a penalty goal in the opening 5 minutes of the match. The early stages of the match saw a seesawing match with both teams having periods of attack and defence. It was not long after that Woy Woy took the lead when their No.8 Alifeleti Atiola crashed over for the first of his two tries. The conversion of this try took Woy Woy to the lead by 7 points to 3 after only 10 minutes. The Woy Woy scrum was proving strong and definitely were putting the Kariong pack under constant pressure. The first 25 minutes was developing into a dour battle with neither team giving an inch. It was during this period that Kariong kicked a second penalty goal to reduce the Woy Woy lead to 7 points to 6 after 25 minutes. Kariong were probably having the better of play at this stage. Their backs were making inroads through the middle of the field, and five-eight Mitch Clay and winger Henry Ahovelo made some excellent individual runs. This dominance was rewarded in the 33rd minute when centre Brent Bovis crossed for a very good team try. The conversion of this try took Kariong to the lead by 13 points to 7. This was to remain the score at halftime so at that stage the match was very much up for grabs. Best players for Kariong at this stage were five-eight Mitch Clay, who was outstanding all match, lock Robert Brown, winger Henry Ahovelo and No.8 Blake Silvester. Kariong went further ahead only after a minute of the start of the second half. A break by Robert Brown saw winger Henry Ahovelo make a 50 metre run down the sideline to score a very exciting try. Kariong had jumped to a handy 18 points to 7 lead after only a minute of the second half. However they were not to score again in the match despite some good attacking play. Much of the second half was a real arm wrestle. Woy Woy were gradually gaining a certain ascendancy in general play and did control much of the territory and possession in the final 20 minutes of the much. They attacked constantly, trying to get back into the match but some stoic defence by Kariong kept them at bay. Woy Woy finally broke through when their No. 8 Alifeleti Atiola crossed for his second try adjacent to the posts in the 31st minute. The conversion of this try had reduced the Kariong lead to 18 points to 14. It certainly made the final 10 minutes a most intense and torrid affair. Woy Woy continued to attack but could not break through until very late in the match. Best players for Woy Woy during this period were No.8 Alifeleti Atiola, inside centre Fokolulu Taumololo, fullback Alex Moore and halfback Mitch Hyde. It was in the final seconds that Fokolulu Taumololo was able to cross for the match winning try. These two teams, over the 80 minutes, were so evenly matched and both teams deserved to come out victors. But it was Woy Woy who once again were able to get those final few points to snatch victory. It has been a great season for both teams, but it is Woy Woy who move on to the Preliminary Final in 2 weeks time.

Terrigal were able to outlast Ourimbah in Premier 2 when they won the Minor Semi-final by 22 points to 5. It was a dour battle throughout with both teams content to make it a mainly forward struggle. Terrigal had the battle of most of match both territorially and possession wise but the match seemed to be a series of rucks and mauls. However it was Terrigal who were able to wear the Ourimbah side down over the 70 minutes. Terrigal deserved the win. Both players for Terrigal were fullback Conor Lowndes, lock Phil Heard, while forwards Blake Cavanagh and Mackenzie Stevens were both rewarded with a try each. Best for Ourimbah were flanker Jack Sheean, No.8 Chris Smith and centre Iliese Cama. Terrigal only led by 7 points to nil at the halftime break but were able to cross for 2 tries in the second stanza to seal the win.

The Entrance were able to win the President’s Cup Minor Semifinal defeating Terrigal by 13 points to 11. There was absolutely nothing in this match from start to finish. The scores were locked at 6 points apiece at halftime so both teams knew a victory was on the cards. Both teams were able to score a try in the second half but it was the conversion of their try that saw The Entrance secure the win. Best players for The Entrance were fullback Andrew Dankert, who kicked that vital conversion, flanker Joel Laws and prop Drew Sutton. Terrigal played well but just fell at the last hurdle.

In what proved an intense game of rugby Warnervale defeated Terrigal in the Under 19 Minor Semifinal by 33 points to 22. Warnervale got away to a great start and it was not long before they had jumped to a 14 points to nil lead. They went to the halftime break leading by 19 points to 7 so everything seemed to be under control for Warnervale. However great play by the Terrigal team saw them catch up and take the lead midway through second half. Terrigal led by 22 points to 19 but two converted tries in the final 10 minutes saw Warnervale retake the lead and get the victory. It was an exciting game of rugby but it is Warnervale who continue on to the Preliminary Final.

The inaugural Finals match in Women’s 7’s rugby saw Avoca Beach prove too strong for Warnervale and ran out winners by 36 points to 5. Avoca Beach scored 6 tries to 1 and were always in control. Best players for Avoca Beach were Elana Withnall, Summer Witt and Inge Visser. Warnervale never stopped trying and were rewarded with a try near fulltime.

Major Semifinal next week …………………

Woy Woy Oval 1st 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

CCRU Round 18 results & report.


Terrigal 39
Sekope Maea, Mike Ozdilli, Frankie Webber, Dan Sargeant, Mark Koteczky, Vaughan Kernan tries;
Mark Koteczky 3 conversions;
Conor Lowndes 1 penalty goal
Woy Woy 7
Wade Hannell try
Mitch Hyde 1 conversion

The Lakes 26
Macai Raulini, Peni Raulini, Pio Seru, Jerry Tikomailepanoni tries;
Peni Raulini 3 conversions
Avoca Beach 19
Luke Sheridan 2, Dylan Cadogan tries;
Dylan Cadogan 1 conversion;
Will Byrne 1 conversion

Kariong 43
Blake Silvester 2, Mitch Clay 2, Scott Hanley, Noah Cama, Ricky Walter tries;
Scott Hanley 3 conversions;
Rob Brown 1 conversion
Gosford 15
Ryan Conaghan, Drew Neist, Michael Jones tries

Ourimbah 43
Jayden Pearson 3, Matt King, Rob Peden, Tyler Jones, Josefa Biu tries;
Jarrod Grange 4 conversions
Warnervale 22
Joey Walton 2, Tom Kaati 2 tries;
Joey Walton 1 conversion

Premier 1 Points
1 Ourimbah 73
2 Terrigal 57
3 Woy Woy 52
4 Kariong 49
5 The Lakes 46
6 Avoca Beach 40
7 Warnervale 30
8 Hornsby 26
9 Gosford 14

Terrigal 50 Woy Woy 17
Avoca Beach 8 The Lakes 7
Gosford 36 Kariong 0
Ourimbah 22 Warnervale 5

Terrigal 33 Woy Woy 5
The Lakes 18 Avoca Beach 12

Woy Woy 14 Terrigal 7
Warnervale 34 Ourimbah 33

Woy Woy 33 Terrigal 7
Woy Woy 28 Terrigal 0
Warnervale 22 Ourimbah 0
Warnervale 20 Ourimbah 0

The Central Coast Rugby Union season proper ended on Saturday with some very good rugby on display. In what has proved a wonderful season of local rugby on the Coast, the results have seen the Final Four finally settled in the very last round. Some teams now head to the Finals Series, while other teams start preparing for next year.

In the Match of the Day Terrigal defeated Woy Woy by 39 points to 7 at Woy Woy Oval. It was mostly one way traffic in this match with Terrigal getting an excellent start and then continuing in the same mode. Terrigal went to the halftime break leading by 26 points to nil so even at that stage they looked the definite victors. They were playing very effective rugby and were taking all their opportunities. Best players for Terrigal were No.8 Mike Ozdilli, lock Alex Brewin, while backs Dan Sargeant, Mark Koteczky and Sekope Maea all made continual inroads into the opposition. The second half was a far more even struggle with both teams having chances of increasing their score. Woy Woy did respond with a try but it was all too late. Their best players for Woy Woy were centre Wade Hannell, who scored their lone try, Mitch Hyde and Alifeleti Atiola. A serious injury to a Woy Woy player midway through the second half did affect both teams. The Terrigal win sees them cement second spot on the competition table. They will have a week break next Saturday before they meet Ourimbah in the Major Semi-final. Woy Woy would be most disappointed with their performance but they do make the Finals. They will clash with Kariong next Saturday at Woy Woy Oval in the Minor Semi-final. They will be working hard at training this week.

The Lakes ended their season with a win over Avoca Beach at Heazlett Park, running out winners by 26 points to 19. Both teams went into the match with an outside chance of reaching the Finals but the win by Kariong put all those hopes to bed. Despite this it was an exciting match from start to finish. Both teams played entertaining rugby with some exciting tries on display. The Lakes scored 4 tries to 3 and that was probably a clear indication of the tightness of this match. Avoca Beach went to the halftime break leading by 12 points to 5. At that stage the match was very much up for grabs. Best players for the home team were veteran prop Luke Sheridan, who crossed fore 2 tries, five eight Reece Jacob, and Dylan Cadogan. Cadogan has had a wonderful season and certainly has made an impact at Avoca Beach. The Lakes outscored Avoca Beach by 21 points to 7 in the second half and played some very good rugby. The Lakes played well and their best performers were fullback Macai Raulini, Peni Raulini, and Pio Seru. The Lakes have had a great season and just missed out on the Finals. They will look back with regret at that slump at the midway point of the season where they lost several matches in a row. All looks good for them for 2019. The same goes for Avoca Beach who have brought into the top grade some outstanding young players.

Kariong played excellent rugby in the second half to defeat Gosford at Gosford Showground by 43 points to 15. There certainly would have been some distinct worries at halftime in this match as the scores were locked at 15 points apiece. There was tremendous interest in this result especially as The Lakes took the lead at Heazlett Park. However a very good effort in the second stanza saw Kariong confirm their Finals position when they were able to outscore Gosford by 28 points to 0. Gosford had no answer to this onslaught. As stated above, the first half was an even struggle. Gosford played well and crossed for 3 tries. But it was all Kariong in the second half. Best players for Kariong were Mitch Clay and Blake Silvester, who both scored 2 tries, Ricky Walker and Scott Hanley. Kariong move into the Finals Series and next Saturday will take on Woy Woy in the Minor Semi-final.

Ourimbah continued their winning way when they defeated Warnervale at Woongarrah Oval by 43 pints to 22. They certainly did not however have it all their own way in the early stages of the match. In fact Warnervale played so well in the first half and they went to the halftime break leading by 15 points to 12. It seemed an upset was on the cards. However Ourimbah hit their straps in the second half and were able to post a further 28 points on the scoreboard. Best players for Ourimbah were winger Jayden Pearson, who crossed for 3 tries, and locks Tyler Jones and Josefa Biu. Warnervale were best served by NSW Country forward Kevin McNamara, five-eight Joey Walton and winger Tom Kaati. The final 40 minutes demonstrated why Ourimbah are the Minor Premiers this year and they go into the Finals Series as Premiership favourites. They were clear Minor Premiers by a large 16 points over the second placed Terrigal. However it all starts again during the Finals. Warnervale would be pleased with their final performance but would have some regrets about what could have happened this season. They were always close to the Finals and would rue some results during the season.

The Women’s 7’s competition yesterday saw Warnervale and Woy Woy secure vital wins in their respective matches. The Final Four will be made up by Woy Woy, Terrigal, Avoca Beach and Warnervale. This competition will be bigger next year.