CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 4th MAY, 2019
The next round of matches in Central Coast Rugby Union competition contains several matches which will have a major influence on the position of teams in the race for the Top Four. It is only very early in the season, but several teams are desperate for a win to keep in contact with the current leading teams in the competition in the race to the Finals.
The Match of the Round will be at Ourimbah Rugby Park where Ourimbah will take on Avoca Beach. These two teams have not lost a match this year so it will be most interesting to see which team will continue on their winning way. Ourimbah will go into the clash as favourites – this is due to their home ground advantage but also because of the size of their 3 wins so far this season. Avoca Beach, after a draw in Round 1, appear to have found their footing and have secured two important wins in their last two matches. Ourimbah are currently sitting at the top of the competition table and will be most keen to stay there. Ourimbah have great depth this year and because of that are still settling on their best top fifteen players to take the field. Avoca Beach have a young team this year and it will also take awhile for them to get their combinations right. They appear to be doing that but the clash on Saturday will tell us a lot about where exactly both teams are.
Gosford travel to Mark Taylor Oval to take on Hornsby in what is shaping as an exciting game of rugby. It is Hornsby’s first home game this season and they will be looking very much towards that after being on the road for the first three rounds. Over these three away matches they have got stronger and stronger, and this increase in striking power should increase this Saturday being at home. However they do face Gosford who are proving one of the form teams this year. Gosford are playing some very good rugby under Coach Adam Beavis. They have much the same team as last year but have been strengthened by some new players in key positions who have added considerably to their overall team. Gosford will go into this clash as favourites but they will be fully aware they that they are meeting a team at home for the first time and who increasingly want to impress.
The other two matches in some ways are the most important of this round of Central Coast Rugby. This is because none of the four involved have secured a victory and must do soon if they are to keep in touch with the frontrunners in the competition. The first of these matches sees The Lakes at home to Woy Woy at Slade Park. Both these teams have played some very good rugby in patches but have not been consistent. They both will need to play out the full 80 minutes if they are to get the win. The Lakes do have a slight advantage in being at home but they face a team who are also desperate for a win. This match will go right down to the wire.
The other game of rugby in this must win category is the clash at Kariong Oval where Kariong will play Warnervale. Warnervale did have a draw this season in their first round clash but were roundly defeated by Terrigal last Saturday. They will be keen to hit back as soon as possible and will see Saturday as a great chance to do that. Kariong have played well this season despite not winning a match. They are very close to a win and this clash may see them achieve that. They lost their way a little last week against Gosford but it is certain they will be back on track this Saturday. This is a must win game for both teams and because of that should attract a good crowd to the top of hill on the weekend.
The Entrance will host Terrigal on Saturday in the President’s Cup and they will be most keen to get a win after two successive close losses.
Saturday also sees the continuance of the Central Coast Women’s 7’s competition. The most interesting games on Saturday will be those at Slade Park where Woy Woy will play the newcomers to the competition in The Lakes.