CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 10th AUGUST, 2019
ROUND 17

CCRU

The penultimate round of matches next Saturday will go close to settling the final makeup of the semi-finalists for this year. The round has an exciting array of matches with the highlight match being the clash between the first and second placed teams in the competition, Ourimbah and Terrigal.

The Match of the Day at The Haven Oval is the top of the table clash between Terrigal and Ourimbah. These two teams have dominated the competition all this year and most pundits would agree that they are the most likely teams to go onto this season’s Grand Final. Whatever happens on Saturday, these two teams know they will play in the Major Semi-final at the start of the Finals, but the Minor Premiership for the season is still up for grabs with two rounds to go. The main purpose for both these two team will be to get the right combinations and to maintain form heading to the Finals. Obviously the winner of this clash will get bragging rights going into the Finals so the result is very important in terms of securing and maintaining confidence for the later matches in the season. These two teams will meet on several occasions from this weekend on and so both teams will be trying to gain some ascendancy over the other in the lead up to these important clashes to come. This is a real toss of the coin match. Ourimbah are leading the competition and are undefeated at present. Terrigal are just the one win behind them but they are at home on Saturday. It all makes for a close and an exciting game of rugby. As an addition, the Challenge Shield is another challenge that both teams will contest for this Saturday. This match will be close throughout and the contest will go right down to the wire. This is probably the match of the season so far and should attract a huge crowd at Terrigal on Saturday.

In terms of the makeup of the Top Four this season, the clash between The Lakes and Warnervale at Slade Park on Saturday is probably even more important than the game described above in that a Finals spot is possibly up for grabs. These two teams are in a desperate struggle for fourth spot. Both teams know that a semi-final chance is on offer if they can get a win. Warnervale are just the one win behind The Lakes so they must win. If The Lakes win they are all but assured of fourth spot on the competition ladder. It is such an important clash. Not only is the game the traditional local derby there is also so much more to be played for. The Lakes are at home which is an advantage for them but they probably have not had the success they had hoped for at home this season. These two teams played out a draw in their clash in the first round so there is very little between them. Both teams had good wins last Saturday – Warnervale defeated third placed Gosford while The Lakes came from behind to defeat Hornsby. This contest will be enthralling and there will be many nervous people at Slade Park this coming Saturday.

The match at Kariong Oval on Saturday between home side Kariong and visitors Avoca Beach is also very significant. This is Avoca Beach’s last chance in their quest to make the Finals Series. If they can win this match they can still make the Top Four. Both teams were defeated quite easily last Saturday so will be very keen to get back quickly into the winner’s circle. Avoca Beach know they have the bye in the final round so must win this match if they are to have any chance of reaching the Finals. Kariong are at home for the last time this season so will be keen to finish the season on a high in this match. This will be a tight contest and could go either way.

Hornsby travel to Woy Woy Oval on Saturday to take on home team Woy Woy. These two teams have had very up and down seasons so both teams will be trying to finish their respective seasons on a high. They will be keen to perform well both in this match and in the final one in the last round. Woy Woy are coming off the bye so much soul searching would have occurred after their big loss to Terrigal the previous Saturday. Hornsby only played out 40 minutes in their clash with The Lakes last Saturday so will be most keen to extend that to the full 80 minutes this weekend.

The Entrance President’s Cup team will travel to Gosford Showground this Saturday to take on Gosford in what should prove an exciting clash.

The women’s competition has produced some great rugby in recent weeks. All the eight women's teams this Saturday will take to the field in what is a most interesting round of women’s 7’s rugby in the race to the Finals.