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SATURDAY, 13th APRIL, 2019


The Central Coast Rugby Union competition continues this Saturday with a further series of matches that hold considerable interest. It will be several weeks before we know who are the favourites for this year’s competition at this very early stage of the season but these early matches will obviously tell us a lot.

The Match of the Day will be the clash between Kariong and Terrigal at Kariong Oval. Terrigal started the season like a house on fire and were simply far too strong for Hornsby last Saturday. They played exceptional rugby and were never in doubt in that match. Coach Murray Cox would have been so pleased with that effort but he will know that Kariong this week are at home and will be a far tougher proposition. This Saturday will be Kariong’s first hit out of the season and they are fully prepared for it. Good things have happened at Kariong in the off season and they will be most keen to transfer all this good work onto the paddock on Saturday. New Coach Scott Hanley will have his team raring to go at home in this match. Terrigal have very good depth this year so whatever team they put onto the field will be strong. They have a good forward pack and a set of backs that can take real advantage of any good ball they receive. Kariong’s line-up is a little unknown at this stage but all will be put on display this weekend. This will be a good game of rugby and should attract a sizeable crowd on Saturday.

Gosford travel to Slade Park to take on The Lakes in what is also a most interesting game of rugby. Gosford were most pleasing in their win over Woy Woy last Saturday and this promising start to the season augurs well for them this season. The Lakes finished very strongly in their loss to Ourimbah last Saturday. They all but grabbed the win right at the end of the encounter. It is difficult to choose a victor in this match. However with The Lakes at home and with all their players on deck they would probably go into the game as very slight favourites. The Lakes can score tries from anywhere on the paddock with their mercurial backline but Gosford showed last week that their defensive patterns appear to be in order. This will be a close game of rugby.

Woy Woy will host Avoca Beach at Woy Woy Oval this Saturday. Both teams will be hoping for a far more polished performance this coming weekend. Avoca Beach got a draw last Saturday but would have been hoping for much more. They will be hoping very much to improve on that this Saturday. Woy Woy did not put in one of their better efforts against Gosford last week and they will also be keen to get back home and to get a win. This is another match which could go either way. Both teams will be most keen to get their first win of the season so there should be plenty of action on the paddock for the entire 80 minutes.

Ourimbah are at home to Hornsby on Saturday at Ourimbah Rugby Park and will go into this match as very hot favourites. Hornsby had a day to forget last Saturday in their loss to Terrigal and will be sincerely hoping for far better things this weekend. Ourimbah showed they will once again be a force in the competition this year with a strong win over The Lakes in their opening encounter.

The Entrance will travel to Woongarrah Oval on Saturday in the President’s Cup and will meet Warnervale in the one grade. The Entrance had a close win last Saturday and will be keen to keep their winning start to the season going.

Saturday also sees the continuance of the Central Coast Women’s 7’s competition. The most interesting games on Saturday will be those at Woy Woy Oval between last year’s Grand Finalists, Woy Woy and Avoca Beach. There were some pleasing matches in Round 1 and the commitment and motivation of all teams was a highlight. Kariong also have their first matches in the competition when they host last start winners Terrigal.