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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW

GRAND FINAL
SATURDAY, 10th OCTOBER, 2020
CENTRAL COAST STADIUM

The Premier 1 Grand Final for 2020 is almost upon us. In what has been a very difficult and different year due to the global pandemic, Central Coast Rugby Union is very proud to be conducting the Grand Final on Saturday, after completing a pleasing year in community rugby.

The Premier 1 Grand Final on Saturday will see reigning Premiers, and 2020 Minor Premiers, Terrigal up against The Lakes. This is a most interesting battle. The Lakes last week got home against Ourimbah in a close one, and they will be fully prepared for this clash on Saturday at Central Coast Stadium. Terrigal will go into the match as favourites but in Grand Finals anything can happen. The Lakes have not defeated Terrigal this year in their two clashes but they certainly did make their mark on them in those contests. Terrigal have an effective, well structured team with no obvious weaknesses. They play a very clinical style of rugby. They are up against a team that can show the flair and versatility that can surprise and who can score tries from anywhere on the paddock. Terrigal will be fully aware of this. The Lakes have a good forward pack this year and a backline that can be potentially very dangerous. Terrigal do have that Finals experience. They have been there and done that. They know how to prepare and will be ready on the day. This is Terrigal’s 6th Premier 1 Grand Final in succession and many of their players have been involved in these fixtures. On the other hand, this is The Lakes 2nd only Premier 1 Grand Final in their 46 year history in Central Coast rugby. Interestingly, The Lakes won that 1998 Grand Final at Grahame Park in what was then regarded as a major upset that day. This all makes for a most interesting and enthralling conclusion to this 2020 rugby season

The Premier 2 Grand Final is between Terrigal and The Lakes. This will be another exciting clash on Saturday. These two teams are very evenly matched so this will be another tough and closely contested match. The two teams met in the Major Semi-final two weeks ago and that match went right down to the wire. The Lakes had the lead in that match but it was Terrigal who all but chased them down in the final moments of the match. The Lakes are the reigning Premiers in this grade and will be keen to do it again. Terrigal will have other thoughts about that however.

The President’s Cup Grand Final sees Terrigal meeting Avoca Beach. This seaside derby will bring the best out in both teams. These two teams have not met in the Final Series this year so there is a little bit of the unknown about this match. Both teams will have the experienced players but both also have those up and coming younger players who will make all the difference on Saturday. This will be a hugely competitive match and there will no definite winner in this match until those very final moments.

The Under 19 Colts Grand Final sees The Lakes Maroon team up against Avoca Beach. These two teams have been performing so strongly in the competition this year but it was Avoca Beach who were the convincing winners in their contest in the Major Semi-final. The Lakes Maroon will be very keen to quickly forget that match but they know they are up against a very good Avoca Beach outfit.

The Women’s 10’s Grand Final on Saturday will see another seaside battle when Terrigal meet Avoca Beach. This match could go even way. Both teams had similar wins over Minor Premiers Hornsby over the last two weeks so that fact alone suggests there is not too much between these two very well drilled teams.

TEAM LINEUPS ON SATURDAY :

GRAND FINAL Central Coast Stadium
Saturday, 10th October

9.30 am Under 19’s The Lakes Maroon v. Avoca Beach

11.10 am President’s Cup Terrigal v. Avoca Beach

12.50 pm Premier 2 Terrigal v. The Lakes

2.35 pm Women’s 10’s Terrigal v. Avoca Beach

3.25 pm Premier 1 Terrigal v. The Lakes

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PREVIEW

PRELIMINARY FINAL
SATURDAY, 3rd OCTOBER, 2020
WOY WOY OVAL

The Premier 1 Preliminary Final for 2020 will see Ourimbah taking on The Lakes at Woy Woy Oval in what should prove an enthralling clash. These two teams are fighting for the right to take on Terrigal in the 2020 Grand Final. There has been absolutely nothing between these two teams all year. They have played each other twice, with a draw during the season and with a win to The Lakes two weeks ago in the first week of the Finals. However Ourimbah all but took that match in the dying stages. This will be another hard fought and tight encounter. They both have so much to play for. Both will be keen to be at Central Coast Stadium the following Saturday and for a chance to take this year’s Premiership. Both teams have very good forward packs and with backlines that can score from anywhere on the paddock. Both teams have had two very tough games in the last fortnight so a lot will depend on who is fit and ready to go. Ourimbah have had such slow starts in the last two weeks. They failed to overhaul The Lakes two weeks ago and last Saturday did successfully chase down Hornsby in what proved a cliff-hanger. They will be most keen to avoid that situation again. Both clubs have had really good seasons and both will keen to go one more week. Both coaches, Marshall Hemopo from The Lakes and Matt Hopkins from Ourimbah, will both have their teams fully prepared for this sudden death match, and they will have made all the right preparations in readiness for this important clash. This is a difficult match in which to choose a victor and extra time would not surprise.

The Premier 2 Preliminary Final is between Terrigal and Avoca Beach. This will be an exciting clash on Saturday. These two teams will be evenly matched so this will be another tough and closely contested match. These two teams really do enjoy playing each other and also defeating each other. The two teams met in the last round of the competition and in that particular match Terrigal ran out winners by 27 points to 11 but Finals rugby is a whole new ball game. Terrigal were frustrated in their loss to The Lakes last Saturday and would very much like to take them on again. But they first must overcome an Avoca Beach team that showed great form in their Minor Semi-final win two weeks ago. This is another very hard match in which to choose a winner.

The President’s Cup Preliminary Final sees Terrigal meeting The Lakes. It is a big day for The Lakes with four of their senior teams playing on the one day. There will not be too much between these two sides this coming weekend. The President’s Cup competition this year has been a close one and has seen rugby played at a pleasing level. Terrigal defeated The Lakes in their round game mid season by 26 points to 7 so they will go into this clash full of confidence. The Preliminary Final match on Saturday will be a good standard match and should be close.

The Under 19 Colts Preliminary Final sees The Lakes Maroon team up against The Lakes Yellow. These two teams have been performing so strongly in the competition recently and have recorded some excellent wins. The Lakes Maroon squad is a big team and can put teams under pressure quickly. They will be very keen to quickly forget last week’s effort and will be most keen to defeat the other The Lakes team on Saturday.

Women’s 10’s on Saturday will see the Preliminary Final between Hornsby and Avoca Beach to see who has the right to proceed to the Grand Final. Hornsby will be that much stronger with the run last week but they meet an Avoca Beach team who can very dangerous on their day. Hornsby defeated Avoca beach by 29 points to 15 in their round clash earlier in the year but most people would feel that this match will be much closer.

TEAM LINEUPS ON SATURDAY :
Preliminary Final Woy Woy Oval 3rd October 2020

9.30 am Under 19’s The Lakes Gold v. The Lakes Maroon
11.00 am President’s Cup Terrigal v. The Lakes
12.40 pm Premier 2 Avoca Beach v. Terrigal
2.25 pm Women’s 10’s Avoca Beach v. Hornsby
3.15 pm Premier 1 Ourimbah v. The Lakes

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MAJOR SEMIFINAL
SATURDAY, 26th SEPTEMBER, 2020
WOY WOY OVAL

The 2020 Finals Series commenced last Saturday with some close and enthralling results. The action continues this Saturday at Woy Woy Oval with a further two Premier 1 matches.

There is the Minor Semi-final where Ourimbah and Hornsby meet in what should be another interesting clash. This contest again is so difficult in which to choose a winner. Both teams have played well this year. However in their only clash this year Ourimbah were too strong for Hornsby running out winners by 32 points to 12. That match was close until halftime but Ourimbah took control in the second half. However Finals rugby is a totally different story. Ourimbah are experienced in Finals rugby and that will hold them in good stead next Saturday. Hornsby would still be on a massive high after their win last Saturday but they will need to quickly come back to earth this weekend if they are to topple Ourimbah. Many would feel that Ourimbah would go into this clash as slight favourites but the way Hornsby played last week they cannot be underestimated. Ourimbah would be very disappointed with their efforts last Saturday and the fact that it took them so long to get going would be a concern. The team that plays out the 80 minutes will win this match. Both teams know it is elimination so the pressure is on to perform. Hornsby was in that situation last week, and appeared to handle that pressure very well. This will be a hard fought and intense game of rugby, but only one team will continue on the Finals for 2020.

The above contest will be followed by the Major Semi-final which sees Terrigal up against The Lakes. This match will be played under lights and both teams know they do have a second chance in the Final Series but both would be most keen to move straight to the Grand Final in two weeks time. These two teams met each other early in the season so it is very difficult to use that match as a guide. Terrigal won the match by 36 points to 24 but it did take Terrigal a long time to get on top in that match. Terrigal had the bye last week as Minor Premiers so they will be freshened up and ready to go while The Lakes recorded a close but physical win over Ourimbah last weekend. A lot will depend how the players came out of that clash. Both teams know they do get another chance after this match but there is real incentive to be the first team to be at Central Coast Stadium on the 10th October. Like the match described above, these two Premier 1 matches will more than likely go right down to the wire.

The Premier 2 Major Semi-final is between Terrigal and The Lakes. These are the same two teams that meet in the Premier 1 clash described above. This will be an exciting clash on Saturday. These two teams will be evenly matched so this will be another tough and closely contested match. These two teams really do enjoy playing each other and also defeating each other. Terrigal did win their round clash this year by 17 points but semi-final rugby is very different rugby and seems to bring the best out in all players. That match was played early in the season and much has changed since them. This is an interesting match up.

The President’s Cup Major Semi-final sees Avoca Beach meeting The Lakes. It is a big day for The Lakes with all their senior teams playing on the one day. The two teams could barely be separated in their only clash this year, with The Lakes winning by the narrowest of margins, by 29 points to 26. There will not be too much between these two sides again this coming weekend. The President’s Cup competition this year has been a close one and has seen rugby played at a pleasing level. The Major Semi-final on Saturday will be a good standard match and will be close.

The Under 19 Colts Major Semi-final sees The Lakes Maroon team up against Avoca Beach. These two teams have been performing so strongly in the competition in recent weeks and have recorded some excellent wins. The Lakes is a big team and can put teams under pressure quickly. Avoca Beach however has the skills and desire to ensure that this match goes right down to the wire.

Women’s 10’s takes the stage in Central Coast Rugby Union Finals rugby between Premier 1 and Premier 2. The Major Semi-final will see Hornsby taking on Terrigal to see who has the right to proceed straight to the Grand Final in 2 weeks time. These two teams have been the form teams in this competition this year and there is absolutely nothing between them.

TEAM LINEUPS ON SATURDAY 26/09/2020
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10.10 am Under 19’s The Lakes Maroon v. Avoca Beach

11.40 am President’s Cup Avoca Beach v. The Lakes

1.20 pm Premier 2 Terrigal v. The Lakes

3.05 pm Women’s 10’s Hornsby v. Terrigal

 3.55 pm Premier 1 Ourimbah v. Hornsby (Minor Semi-final)

 6.00 pm Premier 1 Terrigal v. The Lakes (Major Semi-final)

 

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MINOR SEMIFINAL
SATURDAY, 19th SEPTEMBER, 2020
WOY WOY OVAL

The 2020 Finals Series has finally arrived. In a year where the struggle to make the Finals was intense from the opening rounds, it now comes down to only five teams remaining in the race to the Major Premiership. The Top Five sees five Premier 1 teams that are quite evenly matched and it should prove a close Premiership. It has been a difficult in almost all aspects but we are at the Finals and it should be four weeks of good rugby.

Saturday’s Minor Semi-final day at Woy Woy Oval sees two(2) Premier 1 fixtures.
There is the Elimination Final between the 4th and 5th placed teams, Hornsby and Avoca Beach respectively. This clash is so difficult in which to choose a winner. Both teams have played well this year. Hornsby was victorious in their clash during the rounds but they certainly did not have it all their own way. Both these teams know this is an elimination match so there are no second chances on Saturday. Both teams have well balanced round squads with good forward packs backed up by very efficient backlines. Both teams lost their matches in the final round, going into this semi-final match. Avoca Beach found the Terrigal outfit too strong while Hornsby could not handle the onslaught from The Lakes in the first half of their clash. Both teams will be hoping to turn those fortunes around and get back into the winners list this weekend.

The above contest will be followed by the qualifying Final which sees 2nd placed Ourimbah up against the 3rd placed The Lakes. This match will be played under lights and both teams know they do have a second chance in the Final Series but both would be most keen to move straight ahead to the Major Semi-final against Terrigal the following Saturday. Ourimbah won this particular match during the rounds and they will take much confidence from that result. Both teams are coming off very pleasing wins in their final round matches. Ourimbah certainly ran the cobwebs out with 10 tries against Kariong while The Lakes had a very strong victory over Hornsby last week. Like the match described above, these two Premier 1 matches will more than likely go right down to the wire.

The Premier 2 Minor Semi-final is between Avoca Beach and Ourimbah. It all makes for an exciting clash on Saturday. These two teams will be evenly matched so this will be another tough and closely contested match. Both teams have a combination of youth and experience and on paper it appears both teams could be victors in this clash. Avoca Beach did win their round clash this year by 14 points to nil but semi-final rugby is very different rugby and seems to bring the best out in all players.

The President’s Cup Minor Semi-final sees Terrigal meeting Ourimbah. The two teams could not be separated in their only clash this year. The final score in this contest was 10 all so more than likely there will not be too much between these two sides again this coming weekend,. 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 a good standard match and will be close.

The Under 19 Colts Minor Semi-final sees The Lakes Gold up against Gosford. The Colts competition this year has been an excellent one and all six teams have competed well. Gosford accounted for The Lakes team last Saturday in a close one so they will go into this match with confidence. During the season these two teams have had a victory each against each other so this Saturday will be the decider to see who moves on in the Colts competition.

Women’s 10’s takes the stage in Central Coast Rugby Union Finals rugby between Premier 1 and Premier 2. The Minor Semi-final will see Woy Woy playing Avoca Beach to see who has the right to continue on in the Final Series. Avoca Beach will be slight favourites in this clash but Woy Woy, who crept into the Finals in the last round, will be most keen cause an upset.

TEAM LINEUPS ON SATURDAY :

Minor Semi Final Woy Woy Oval 19 September

10.10 am Under 19’s The Lakes Gold v. Gosford

11.40 am President’s Cup Terrigal v. Ourimbah

1.20 pm Premier 2 Avoca Beach v. Ourimbah

3.05 pm Women’s 10’s Avoca Beach v. Woy Woy

3.55 pm Premier 1 Hornsby v. Avoca Beach
(4th v. 5th) (Elimination Semi-final)

6.00 pm Premier 1 Ourimbah v. The Lakes
(2nd v. 3rd)

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SATURDAY, 12th SEPTEMBER, 2020
ROUND 9

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Next Saturday is the final round in the Central Coast Rugby Union competition in what has been a shortened rugby season in 2020. The Top 5 in Premier 1 is all settled but the actual ranking of these teams within that Top 5 will be decoded on Saturday.

The Match of the Day ranking is very difficult to choose as we have two matches that are highly significant and equally ranked in sorting out the final rankings in this year’s competition Top 5. So in actual fact we have two ‘Matches of the Round’ - Avoca Beach versus Terrigal at Woy Woy Oval, and The Lakes versus Hornsby at Slade Park. All these 4 teams are into the Final Series but these two matches next weekend will determine where they finish.

Terrigal will go into their clash with Avoca Beach at Woy Woy Oval as slight favourites. Both teams are coming off wonderful wins last Saturday so both teams know they are in the right form. Terrigal defeated the previously unbeaten Ourimbah on Saturday but Avoca Beach also hit their straps with an exhilarating victory over Kariong. This match has been moved to Woy Woy Oval to ensure covid restrictions can be more efficiently maintained. This will be an exciting clash from start to finish. Both teams really do know how to score tries, and this should make for a try scoring feast. Terrigal know they must win if they are to secure that Minor Premiership. Ourimbah are looming just behind them on the competition ladder and a loss by Terrigal would put their lead in the competition at risk. Avoca Beach also know a win would place them in a higher ranked semi-final and would give them two bites of the cherry in their race to the Premiership. So both teams have many reasons to win. However the major reason is that these two teams are such arch rivals and both are simply always desperate to defeat the other. This should prove an excellent game of rugby.

The other ‘Match of the Day’ will see The Lakes and Hornsby take on each other in such an important encounter at Slade Park. Both teams know a win would possibly secure them a higher placed semi-final in the Finals and allow them more chances in that series. They also know a win would be great for their morale and also for their confidence going into the big matches at the end of the year. The Lakes are coming off a great win last weekend and have certainly got their try scoring mechanisms in full operation. They know how to score tries but they also know they will have to concentrate on their defence however if they are to win this and later matches. Hornsby had a slight hiccup last Saturday when they lost to Woy Woy but they know they can play better than that and they will have to, if they are to trouble The Lakes at home at Slade Park. Like the match above, both teams have a lot to play for, so there should be plenty of tries on offer during the 80 minutes of the contest next Saturday.

Gosford will host Warnervale in their final matches of the season for these two teams. This match at Gosford Showground will be very close. Gosford are coming off the bye while Warnervale showed some promising glimpses last Saturday despite their loss. Both teams will be most keen to finish the season with a win and to take the lead over the other on the competition ladder. The winner of this match will finish sixth this season which would be a most pleasing effort. After some an uncertain start to this covid season by both clubs, to finish 6th would be a real achievement. This should prove an exciting match with many points on offer over the 80 minutes.

Ourimbah will go into their match with Kariong at Ourimbah Rugby Park as clear favourites. Ourimbah would be still smarting over their loss to Terrigal last Saturday and will be most keen to get quickly back into the winner’s circle. Because of the Ourimbah loss last Saturday, it is an unfortunate time for Kariong to meet them. Ourimbah also know that if Terrigal falter, they can still grab the Minor Premiership this year. Kariong would love to get their first win for this season but it is hard to see it considering they are facing one of the Premiership favourites for this year. They will be trying to get the win but with Ourimbah at home, it is difficult not to see the Ourimbah team getting the win next weekend.

Women’s 10’s rugby continues next Saturday. There are two games in this weekend and both will be close and hard fought. The Terrigal versus Avoca Beach clash is a repeat of last year’s Grand Final, while Ourimbah must defeat Kariong to reach the Final Series this year.

SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SATURDAY ………..

PREMIER 1

VENUE

KICKOFF

Avoca Beach v. Terrigal

Woy Woy Oval

3 pm

The Lakes v. Hornsby

Slade Park

3 pm

Gosford v. Warnervale

Gosford Showground

3 pm

Ourimbah v. Kariong

Ourimbah Rugby Park

3 pm

Woy Woy

Bye

 

PREMIER 2

   

Avoca Beach v. Terrigal

Woy Woy Oval

1.00 pm

The Lakes v. Hornsby

Slade Park

1.40 pm

Ourimbah v. Kariong

Ourimbah Rugby Park

1.00 pm

Woy Woy

Bye

 

PRESIDENT CUP

   

Avoca Beach v. Terrigal

Woy Woy Oval

11.50 am

The Lakes v. Hornsby

Slade Park

12.30 pm

Gosford v. Warnervale

Gosford Showground

1.40  pm

Ourimbah v. Kariong

Ourimbah Rugby Park

11.50 am

Woy Woy

Bye

 

WOMENS 10’s

   

Avoca Beach v. Terrigal

Woy Woy Oval

2.20 pm

Ourimbah v. Kariong

Ourimbah Rugby Park

2.20 pm

Woy Woy

Bye

 

Warnervale

Bye

 

Hornsby

Bye

 

UNDER 19 COLTS

 

 

Gosford v. The Lakes Gold

Gosford Showground

10.40 am

Avoca Beach v. Woy Woy

Woy Woy Oval

10.40 am

The Lakes Maroon v. Hornsby

Slade Park

10.40 am


** if clubs agree to change kickoff times, because of gaps in the draw, you let Kate Thomson know asap.

 

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