CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 31st AUGUST, 2019
WOY WOY OVAL
The Major Semifinal on Saturday at Woy Woy Oval sees a very much anticipated rugby encounter between two excellent teams, Terrigal and Ourimbah, for the third time this year. They meet in a match that should prove a thriller. The winner proceeds to the Grand Final while the losing team will meet Gosford in the Preliminary Final the following weekend.
The Premier 1 Major Semi-final between Terrigal and Ourimbah should be a wonderful game of rugby. These two teams are so evenly matched. They have had a win each in the two season clashes – Ourimbah winning the first round match while Terrigal were victorious in their recent clash in the second round. Both teams are full of experience but also with plenty of speed in the backs and strength in the forwards. Terrigal finished the season strongly with some very pleasing results, defeating The Lakes comfortably in the final round as well as accounting for Ourimbah late in the season. Ourimbah had a tough hit out against Gosford in the last round so that victory will hold them in good stead for this battle. Both teams have excellent players in the forwards. Terrigal are headed by players such as Ethan McInnes, Sam Kenny, Kevin McNamara and Josh Vainikolo so there is no lacking of experience and skill there. Ourimbah are in the same situation. Players such as Josefa Biu, Jarrod Grange, and Brett Cunningham will lead from the front and take no backward steps all day. The forward battle will be the key. The team which gets the advantage at the breakdown will also be able to provide good ball to their respective backlines. Both teams have very good goal kickers – Terrigal have Jayden Woolley while Ourimbah can rely on Tyrone Davies and Jarrod Grange. These two teams have been the form teams this year and have dominated the competition. Their only losses have been to each other. It is almost impossible to choose the winner in this semi-final. These two teams finished on equal premiership points but Terrigal gained the Minor Premiership on percentages. They also both know that a win will get them a direct entry to the Grand Final and avoid a worrying clash with Gosford in the Preliminary Final. It will be a close match and the result will probably not be determined until late in the match.
The Premier 2 Major Semifinal will be a battle between the same two clubs - Ourimbah and Terrigal. Like the Premier 1 clash, there is absolutely nothing between these two teams. Both clubs have great depth so these two teams do have quite a few players who are so close to being in the Premier 1 team. The game will be of a high standard and it will not be for the faint hearted on Saturday. Ourimbah finished as Minor Premiers in this grade but that will count for nothing on Saturday.
The President’s Cup Major Semifinal sees the same clubs meeting each other once again. Ourimbah and Terrigal will meet in what is a huge day for both clubs. Ourimbah were Minor Premiers in this grade but there has not been too much between these two teams this year. Both teams are full of experience and youth but it will the experienced players on the day who will lead from the front.
Kariong and Terrigal will both go into the Under 19 Major Semi-final with outstanding chances of getting the win. The Under 19 competition has been topsy turvy all season so both teams know they can win this clash. The two teams finished relatively close on the competition table so this fact alone shows that this contest will go right down to the final whistle.
The Women’s 7’s Major Semifinal is between Minor Premiers Terrigal and Avoca Beach. Terrigal will go into the match as favourites as they have been the form team in the competition all year. However Finals rugby is a whole new story and both teams will be most keen to go straight through to the Grand Final in two weeks time.
TEAM LINEUPS ON SATURDAY :
Major Semi Final Woy Woy Oval 31 AUGUST
10.00 am Under 19’s Kariong v. Terrigal
11.25 am President’s Cup Ourimbah v. Terrigal
12.55 pm Premier 2 Ourimbah v. Terrigal
2.35 pm Women’s 7’s Terrigal v. Avoca Beach
3.00 pm Premier 1 Terrigal v. Ourimbah