SATURDAY, 27th APRIL, 2019


The Central Coast Rugby Union competition resumes this coming Saturday with Round 3. Several matches hold considerable interest and will tell us much more about the prospects of respective teams this year. All teams are still settling into their patterns of play and it will be a few more weeks before the final makeup of squads is settled on.

The Match of the Day will see Gosford at home to Kariong at Gosford Showground. Gosford have had a great start to the 2019 season with 2 wins in their two matches. This is a huge change from last year when they took out the wooden spoon. They definitely would have high hopes of making the Finals this year after such a great start to the year. However the match this Saturday will tell us a lot. They meet a Kariong side who are yet to get a win but who have only had the one start and even though defeated by Terrigal in their only match, they did put in a very concerted effort. Terrigal certainly did not have it all their own way two weeks ago. Kariong played a physical style of match and probably did not take all their chances in that clash. They will need to do that on Saturday if they are to win. Kariong will rely heavily on players such as Mitch Clay, Phil Brown, Brent Bovis and coach Scott Hanley. Gosford have a solid all round team with a forward pack that are securing good ball but also with a backline that can take advantage of that supply of effective ball. Players such as backs Josh McGlynn and Josh Reid, and Jackson Steinbeck, will be the key. This should prove a high scoring match as both teams like to spread the ball. Gosford will be most keen to continue their winning start to the season while Kariong will be keen to get their first win of the year. It all makes for a most interesting and exciting match at the Showground.

Terrigal will host Warnervale at The Haven Oval in what is another interesting game of rugby. Terrigal have taken all before them this year and with two very good wins could not have hoped for a better start to the year. Warnervale have only played the one match this year and that was a draw against Avoca Beach in Round 1. So this match, like the one described above, will tell us a lot about these two teams, especially Warnervale. They played good rugby against Avoca Beach two weeks ago but they will find Terrigal very difficult especially at The Haven. After a dramatic off season, it seems things have settled down at Warnervale and their players will be most keen to show that with a good effort against Terrigal. The home team will be favourites in this clash because of their form so far this year and the fact they are at home but Warnervale will not make it easy for them in any way on Saturday.

Ourimbah travel to Woy Woy Oval on Saturday to play Woy Woy and they will be attempting to maintain their lead at the top of the competition table with another win. Ourimbah have had two pleasing bonus point wins so far this season and could not have hoped for a better start to the year. They meet Woy Woy who are in a different situation. They have had two losses and will most keen to get that first victory on Saturday. Woy Woy are getting numbers to training, have been most competitive in their two matches despite the losses, but are yet to get that vital and necessary win. Based on what has happened this season, Ourimbah will be favourites to win this clash. However Woy Woy coach Luke Ingold will have his team ready for them. Woy Woy know that must get a win soon and it would be no better time than this Saturday against the 2018 Premiers. It should prove an exciting game of rugby on Saturday at Woy Woy and one that should attract a reasonable crowd.

Hornsby have their third trip on the road on Saturday when they travel to Heazlett Park to take on Avoca Beach. It has been a tough start to the season for Hornsby with three away trips to commence the year. They were also beaten quite easily in Round 1 but were far more effective in their last match at Ourimbah. Coach Chip Carroll is gradually getting the team to play the style of rugby he wants but it will take time. Avoca Beach did hit some very good form last Saturday in their win over Woy Woy so they will be hoping that this particular form will continue this coming weekend.

The Entrance are at home at Joseph Banks Oval to The Lakes on Saturday in the President’s Cup. The Entrance have had a close win and a close loss in their first two rounds and will be keen to get their second win of the season in this clash at home.

Saturday also sees the continuance of the Central Coast Women’s 7’s competition. Woy Woy, Terrigal and Avoca Beach will be favoured to win their matches this weekend but all eight teams have played some exciting rugby in what is developing into an interesting competition.