RUGBY PREVIEW GRAND FINAL 2019
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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 14th SEPTEMBER, 2019
WOY WOY OVAL
The culmination of the 2019 Central Coast Rugby Union season has been reached. The conclusion of the season sees the Premier 1 Grand Final between Terrigal and Gosford at Woy Woy Oval. This will be a most enthralling game of rugby and one which should attract at huge crowd this Saturday.
In some ways the make up of the Grand Final is an unexpected one. Gosford caused an upset last Saturday when they accounted for Ourimbah in the Preliminary Final and so they will be Terrigal’s opponent in the big one on Saturday, not Ourimbah. Terrigal will go into the contest as favourites simply because of the results between the two teams this year. Terrigal have won both matches this season and both quite comfortably – the results being 45-8 in the first round and 45-19 in the second. However Gosford in recent weeks have got all their team together and have been playing far more effective rugby. They showed this last Saturday when they posted a 6 tries to 3 win over Ourimbah. Grand Finals are a whole new ball game and both teams will be fully prepared for this clash, Gosford have had two very good wins during the Finals while Terrigal are yet to play a game. This could prove a factor as the Major Semi-final was called off due to the flooded ground. However Terrigal would have trained with match like conditions and they will be ready to go. Terrigal do know what they have to do. They have been in several Grand Finals in recent years, being defeated last year but having won in 2016 and 2017. They will prepare correctly for the big one on Saturday. Gosford, on the other hand, although wining the Premiership in 2011, are coming from being wooden spooners last year. To go from last place in the competition one year to be Grand Finalist the next year is a wonderful effort. It does not happen very often. However it is now all about the clash on Saturday for the 2019 title. Terrigal have experience right across the team, from their front row of Nathan Simpson and Kevin McNamara to Dan Sargeant at fullback, they have players who are experienced and who have been to Grand Finals before. In the centre of the team are also players such as flankers Ethan McInnes and Sam Kenny, and halves Sekope Maea and Jayden Woolley who are the perfect link between the forwards and the backs. Gosford do know how to score tries. They will also have to perform defensively on Saturday for the entire 80 minutes. Players like five-eight Adam Carlisle, centres Josh McGlynn and Lenny van der Velde, have been so effective recently and they will lead their team throughout the match. Like last Saturday, Gosford will go into match as underdogs but that fact proved no block in their game last weekend. It is 8 years since their last Grand Final for them so Gosford will be keen to perform well on the day. It should be a great game of rugby on Saturday.
The Premier 2 Grand Final on Saturday sees Ourimbah taking on The Lakes in what will prove a physical and fast game of rugby. This match will be a tough game of rugby and both teams will keep coming at each other all day. This match will go right down to the wire. Ourimbah were Minor Premiers in this grade but have not played a game for several weeks. They meet The Lakes team who have had two good wins in their games this Finals Series and are playing a fast, mobile and aggressive style of rugby. The Lakes won the first encounter between these two sides by 19 points to 12 but the last round clash between these two was a 17 all draw. This fact alone shows that this match will be very close. These two teams have been two of the form teams in this grade all year and both fully deserve to be playing in the big one on Saturday.
The President’s Cup Grand Final has Ourimbah playing Avoca Beach. Ourimbah took out the Minor Premiership in this grade and have been the team to beat all year but Finals rugby is a totally different ball game. Ourimbah won both the matches between these two teams this year quite easily so will go into this encounter as favourites. Avoca Beach have come from fourth position on the competition ladder and will be keen to go all the way. They have played their best rugby in the Finals and they will seek to improve on that again this Saturday. It is a big day for the Ourimbah club, having two teams in Grand Finals, and they would like to commence their campaign with a win in this clash.
Kariong will play Avoca Beach in the Under 19 Grand Final on Saturday. Kariong were first into the Grand Final but there has been absolutely nothing between the two teams all year. They have defeated each other regularly during the season. This Grand Final should be close. Both teams are full of match winners, and both teams will definitely see themselves as a real chance to take out the Premiership in this grade this weekend.
The Women’s 7’s Grand Final between Terrigal and Avoca Beach should be just as close as the match described above. Terrigal have been the form team during the year, and were Minor Premiers, and have had a wonderful season. Avoca Beach however have been competitive all year and certainly do loom as a very serious threat to the Terrigal outfit. This Grand Final will prove a nail biter from start to finish.
TEAM LINEUPS ON SATURDAY :
GRAND FINAL on Saturday
Woy Woy Oval 14th September
9.55 am Under 19’s Kariong v. Avoca Beach
11.20 am President’s Cup Ourimbah v. Avoca Beach
12.50 pm Premier 2 Ourimbah v. The Lakes
2.30 pm Women’s 7’s Terrigal v. Avoca Beach
3.00 pm Premier 1 Terrigal v. Gosford