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SATURDAY, 8th MAY, 2021

Terrigal 34 Mitch Hirst 3, Frankie Webber, Elekana Laupola
Adam Danckert 3 conversions, 1 penalty goaldefeated
Avoca Beach 15 Eden McQueen, Cameron Steer tries;
Sam Evans 1 penalty goal, 1 conversion

Hornsby 22 Wes Faupula, Tuihakavalu Ika,
Jack Vandersteen tries;
Sione Ala 2 conversions, 1 penalty goal
Razorbacks 13 Matthew Martin try;
Jarrod Grange 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals

The Lakes 21 Jaydan Nauluvula, Gable Gardiner, Peni Rauluni
Logan Hemopo 3 conversions
Warnervale 7 Ketoni Toutai try;
Matthew Hurley 1 conversion

Terrigal 15
Kariong 14
Razorbacks 12
Hornsby 12
Avoca Beach 9
The Lakes 9
Woy Woy 6
Warnervale 3

Avoca Beach 29 Terrigal 10
Razorbacks 17 Hornsby 10
The Lakes 24 Warnervale 0

Avoca Beach 24 Terrigal Blue 12
Hornsby 22 Razorbacks 21
The Lakes 29 Terrigal White 12
Kariong 46 The Bay 10

Avoca Beach 15 Terrigal 12
Hornsby 32 Razorbacks 12
Warnervale 20 The lakes 5

In another gripping game of Swietelsky Shield Premier 1 rugby, Terrigal defeated Avoca Beach at Heazlett Park by 34 points to 15. In an intense and physical game of rugby, Terrigal were able to finish the stronger to record the victory. The scores do not indicate the closeness of this contest and it was not until the final quarter of the match that the result was confirmed. Terrigal opened the scoring in the first few minutes of the match when five-eight Adam Danckert kicked a penalty goal. The opening stages of the match were fast and furious with both teams certainly making their mark on the match. Even in the early stages of the match players were certainly taking and giving some big hits with both teams so intent on getting the upper hand. It was not long before Avoca Beach squared the match in the 15th minute with their own penalty goal to make the score 3 all. However very soon after this it was Terrigal who regained the lead. They scored their first try after a brilliant run by Adam Danckert who passed to Frankie Webber to score the converted try. This was followed up soon after by another try when Terrigal posted their second try so suddenly the visitors had jumped to a very handy 17 points to 3 lead and things were looking ominous for the home side. Avoca Beach were not to be outdone however. In the period before halftime Avoca Beach responded with two tries in short succession to reduce the lead to 17 points to 15. This was to be the halftime score so the match was certainly up for grabs at that stage. It was a great first half of rugby, with the intensity there for all to see. Terrigal had several good players. Five-eight Adam Danckert was outstanding, despite taking a heavy knock early in the match. He was well supported by halfback Jye Cornish, and locks Joe Taylor and Will McDonald. Best for Avoca Beach were winger Cameron Steer, hooker Fion Henderson-Foley, inside centre Mitch Jacob and flanker Eden McQueen. The second half was very tight early on. Terrigal did cross for a try to extend their lead to 22 points to 15, but even at the midway point of this half this remained the score. It was in the final 20 minutes of the clash that Terrigal were able to surge ahead on the scoreboard and to secure the win. It was during this period that outside centre Mitch Hirst was able to cross for a further 2 tries to complete what was a great period of play for him and his team. Hirst crossed for a total of three tries in the match. Terrigal did outscore Avoca Beach by 17 points to nil in the second stanza and that was the obvious major difference in the match. Both teams showed they will be major forces in this year’s competition.

Hornsby hosted the Razorbacks at Woongarrah Oval No.2 after the closure of their home ground at Mark Taylor Oval. It proved a happy hunting ground for them as they were able to outlast the Razorbacks by 22 points to 13. The Razorbacks opened the scoring with a penalty goal to their flanker Jarrod Grange but it was Hornsby who scored the first try. The whole first half was a most even affair with both teams going point for point for much of the first 40 minutes. Hornsby led 7 points to 6 for quite awhile but by halftime the Razorbacks had regained the lead by the single point, by 13 points to 12. So it was obviously anyone’s match at that stage. The second half continued to be a real arm wrestle and both teams gave it their all. Best for Hornsby were flanker Sau Faupula, outside centre Harry Fox and No.8 and captain James McCarthy. The Razorbacks had several good performances including those from flanker Jarrod Grange, lock James Mann, centre Owen Turner and fullback Connor Peden. Hornsby were able to post 10 points in the second stanza while the Razorbacks were not able to post any further points in that period. The win is a boost for the Hornsby team and they have shown they are a threat again this year. The result of this match, and like several others recently, have proved that this year’s competition is a very even affair and no team can be taken lightly. It all makes for a very interesting season.

The Lakes defeated Warnervale at Woongarrah Oval No.1 to the tune of 21 points to 7. This match was an intense game throughout - a typical local derby between the two northern clubs. The Lakes had the better of the first half and went to the halftime break leading by 21 points to nil and it appeared they would go on with it on the scoreboard in the second period. But Warnervale came back strong and responded with a try early in the second half to make the score 21 points to 7. Midway through the second half a serious injury halted play to greatly disrupt the match. Best players for The Lakes were flanker Sean Anlezark, five-eight Brayden Hutchinson-Walters and No.8 Peni Rauluni. Warnervale never gave it in and it was prop Ketoni Toutai who scored their try and five-eight Matthew Hurley continued to direct very well for his team. Others to play well were flanker Joel Law, No.8 Leo Soane and lock Lachlan Natapu.

The Bay lost their President’s Cup clash with Kariong by 46 points to 10 at Kariong Oval yesterday.

Women’s 10’s rugby continues to grow both in numbers and in quality, with several exciting matches on display yesterday. Wins were recorded by Avoca Beach, Warnervale and Hornsby. The match at Heazlett Park saw Avoca Beach score a try on fulltime to defeat the previously undefeated Terrigal, while Warnervale scored a crucial win over The Lakes and Hornsby continued on their winning ways when they defeated the Razorbacks.

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