CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 3rd AUGUST, 2019
ROUND 16

CCRU

All matches this weekend in Round 16 are very significant for various reasons. Most will have an effect on the makeup on the Final Four this year. Although the top positions on the competition ladder are set, all teams bar perhaps Hornsby and Woy Woy still have a chance to make the Finals this year.

The Match of the Day will see the seaside derby at Heazlett Park between Avoca Beach and Terrigal. This almost a do or die clash for Avoca Beach. They would realise that a win is so necessary if they are to have a chance to make the Finals this year. The clash between these two teams is always a highlight match of the year and both teams will spend this week in a committed build up to this contest. The contest itself is wonderful event with usually a large crowd on deck. However this year, because of the Finals situation, the game holds even more interest. Terrigal will go into the match as favourites. They are playing some outstanding rugby of late, they are positioned in second spot on the ladder and their wins in recent weeks have been most decisive. Avoca Beach have also played well in recent weeks despite the fact they have suffered a loss and a draw over the last two weeks. Avoca Beach are at home in this clash so that is a huge plus for them. The match itself will bring the very best out of both teams so they should put on a great display of rugby on Saturday. Both teams will be fully prepared for this exciting clash.

Kariong will return home this Saturday to host Ourimbah at Kariong Oval. Kariong had a great win last Saturday against The Lakes and that win still gives them a chance to reach the Finals. Of course they will have to keep winning. They will go into this clash with renewed confidence because of the form they showed last week and the fact they are at home. However they do meet Ourimbah. Ourimbah remain undefeated this season and are setting the pace in the competition. They went so close to suffering their first loss last week against Warnervale and that shock will have them fully back on target this weekend. Ourimbah will go into this clash as favourites but they will realise that Kariong played well last week and do have a team that can cause major problems for them. They also know this match maybe Kariong’s last chance to possibly secure a Finals position this year.

Warnervale also return home this Saturday and will meet Gosford at Woongarah Oval. Warnervale are in exactly the same position as Kariong. They know they must keep winning if they are any chance of making the Finals. It is a small chance but it is a possibility. They meet Gosford who are in good form and who had a very pleasing win over Avoca Beach last Saturday. The match will be close. Warnervale displayed great form last Saturday when they were unlucky to lose to competition frontrunners Ourimbah. They are also at home so everything is in their favour to cause a possible minor upset. Gosford know they are assured of a Finals spot but know they must keep winning if they are to maintain their confidence in the run to the Finals. This contest will prove a hard fought and most interesting clash.

Hornsby are at home to The Lakes at Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday. Hornsby are coming off the bye so they will be freshened up and ready to. They have displayed some great form this year and probably should have won more matches than they actually have. The Lakes know they must win this match. They would have been so disappointed to lose to Kariong last Saturday. They did let a good chance go by to cement their current position. The Lakes are currently in fourth position on the ladder on percentages but they also know they are in the fight of their lives to hold onto that position. This will be an intense match for the entire 80 minutes on Saturday.

The Entrance President’s Cup team will host Woy Woy this Saturday at Joseph Banks Oval in what should prove an exciting clash.

The women’s competition has produced some great rugby in recent weeks. The Match of the Day in women’s rugby this Saturday will be the highlight clash between the two leading teams at present – Terrigal and Avoca Beach. All matches are important leading to the Finals but this matchup will be a highlight.