CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 18th MAY, 2019
The Match of the Round this Saturday will see Warnervale at home to Ourimbah at Woongarrah Oval. Warnervale are coming off a very good victory last Saturday against Woy Woy and because of that victory will take a huge amount of confidence into this clash against the current competition leaders Ourimbah. However Ourimbah will be favourites to win this match. They have won all their matches so far this season and most of them have been done quite comfortably. Warnervale however will be most keen to make a point in this clash. They are at home so that will be a plus in their favour. Warnervale will also be most keen to build on their win last Saturday. So all in all it could be an interesting match between two last start winners. Warnervale know they will have to play well, keep errors to a minimum and defend for the entire 80 minutes. They will rely heavily on players such as Ben Butler, Cameron McNamara, Jacob Griffin, Atu Turagabeci and Dean Crofskey to ensure they get their team on the go forward very quickly. Ourimbah have experience right across the paddock and it appears Coach Brett Marchant is still settling on his best combination in the top grade.
Avoca Beach meet Gosford at Heazlett Park in what should prove an exciting clash. Avoca Beach are coming off a close win last Saturday, and will be keen to maintain that winning feeling and to remain in the Top four. Gosford started well last Saturday against Terrigal but faded the further the match went on. They will need to regroup quickly and get back into their winning ways if they are to stay near the top of the table. There should be very little between these two teams and more than likely the final result will go right down to those final minutes. Avoca Beach are always that little bit tougher to overcome at Heazlett Park so Gosford will have to play some good rugby if they are to get the victory.
The Lakes travel to Kariong Oval to meet Kariong in another significant encounter. Kariong have won their last two matches and are slowly regrouping after a slow start to the season. The Lakes have in many ways been the unlucky team this year as they have lost several matches by very small margins – against Ourimbah, Gosford and Avoca Beach – all by just a few points. They did sneak a close win against Woy Woy however. It must be very nerve wracking for their supporters. They will be hoping to snatch a close one again this Saturday against Kariong. However it will be difficult because Kariong are at home and are improving as the season unfolds. Like the two games above, this clash will be a close one.
Woy Woy will host Terrigal at Woy Woy Oval on Saturday and this is a match that the home team simply must win. Woy Woy are yet to get a win this season and must do so if they are to keep their season alive. But they are meeting Terrigal who are currently undefeated, who are playing excellent rugby, have great depth, and are coming off a very meritorious victory against Gosford last Saturday. So things do not look good for Woy Woy. But being a home and knowing things are desperate, this match may prove closer than many people expect.
The Entrance this Saturday have a bye in President’s Cup rugby.
Saturday sees the very exciting clash between Terrigal and Woy Woy in Women’s 7’s rugby. Terrigal have not played for several weeks because of byes but will be keen and ready to go in their clash with Woy Woy. Others matches this Saturday are between Kariong and The Lakes, and Warnervale and Ourimbah