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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 17th AUGUST, 2019
ROUND 18

CCRU

The final round in the Central Coast Rugby Union 2019 competition sees several enthralling games of rugby. Even though the Top Four in Premier 1 is settled, as well as the playing order, there are several games of interest leading into the Finals. Interestingly, the Premier 1 semi-finalists – Terrigal, Ourimbah, Gosford and The Lakes – all play each other in matches this weekend in clashes that may have a consequence for future battles in the Finals Series.

The Match of the Day this Saturday is the clash between Gosford and Ourimbah at Gosford Showground. There are quite a few unknowns about this match. Both teams have been hit with significant injuries so both coaches may rest players on Saturday to get them ready for the Finals. Whatever happens in this match results wise, nothing will change in terms of the matchups during the Finals. Ourimbah will be keen to get a win however so that they may regain the lead in the Minor Premiership which is still up for grabs this weekend. So Ourimbah do have something to play for after losing their undefeated tag last Saturday against Terrigal. Gosford are coming off the bye and will be freshened up and they are also at home which is a distinct advantage. Ourimbah won their first round clash so will be keen to do that again. Ourimbah will go into the match as favourites but anything could happen in this fixture. Ourimbah, having lost their first game of the season last Saturday, will be most keen to quickly get back on track. It all makes for an interesting game of rugby on Saturday – both teams will be keen to go into the Final Series with a win to further increase their confidence.

The other two teams in the Finals, Terrigal and The Lakes, will meet in another exciting clash at Slade Park. Terrigal showed that they are in very good form at present when they defeated Ourimbah last Saturday so they will go into this clash as favourites. However, travelling to Slade Park will not be easy for Terrigal. The Lakes showed they are also in pleasing form when they quite easily accounted for Warnervale last weekend in what was a do or die clash. The Lakes have nothing to lose on Saturday. They are in the Finals so their coaching staff will try various options to get the team fully prepared for their Minor Semi-final clash with Gosford the following Saturday. Terrigal have a lot to play for. They are still in a fight with Ourimbah for the Minor Premiership so both teams will be seeking a four try bonus win in their respective matches this Saturday. Gosford and The Lakes obviously will be trying to prevent that. This match is first versus fourth so it should be tight, with both sides wishing to go into the Finals with a win under their belts.

Woy Woy are at home at Woy Woy Oval on Saturday to Kariong in what is essentially another local derby for this season. Woy Woy clocked up their second win of the season last Saturday so will be keen to continue that form this coming Saturday. They also accounted for Kariong in the first round which was their only victory for much of this season. Kariong will also be very keen to finish the season on a high. They were defeated by Avoca Beach last week in a close one so will want to reverse that this weekend. Neither team have no pressure on them except to finish the season on a high so this should prove a high scoring match.

Hornsby travel to Woongarrah Oval to meet home team Warnervale this Saturday. However this venue is almost a home ground for Hornsby as they have had several washed out matches at this location during the year. Both teams are coming off quite sizeable losses last weekend so will be most anxious to reverse that on Saturday. This should prove a very close encounter for the entire 80 minutes. Like the game described above, neither team has anything to lose so there should be plenty of action on the paddock for the full 80 minutes with both teams prepared to throw the ball around.

The Entrance President’s Cup team meets Avoca Beach at Joseph Banks Oval on Saturday in a match which is always a hard fought clash between these two teams.

The women’s competition has produced some great rugby in recent weeks. The matches this Saturday will decide the Finalists for this year’s women’s competition.