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(The Central Coast Rugby Union MAJOR SEMIFINALS at Woy Woy Oval were cancelled due to the weather conditions and the state of the oval.

The Minor Premiers in each grade will move onto the GRAND FINAL (14th September), while this Saturday, in the PRELIMINARY FINAL, the second placed team in the competition will meet the winners of the Minor Semifinal.

So this Saturday, the 7th September, Ourimbah will play Gosford in Premier 1.)

CCRU

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
PRELIMINARY FINAL
SATURDAY, 7th September, 2019
WOY WOY OVAL

The Preliminary Final on Saturday at Woy Woy Oval sees a most interesting game of rugby. The match sees Ourimbah meeting Gosford in the elimination match with the victor continuing on to play Terrigal in the Grand Final

The Premier 1 Preliminary Final between Ourimbah and Gosford should be an enthralling game of rugby. Ourimbah will go into the clash as favourites on the basis of their higher ranking on the competition table. However during the season, despite Ourimbah winning both clashes, the games have been quite close for long periods of the contest. In the last competition round these two teams met and the scores were quite even until midway through the second half when Ourimbah took control and won the match by 40 points to 26. Gosford actually went to the halftime break in that match leading. If Gosford are to compete with Ourimbah this Saturday they will have to play out the entire 80 minutes. Ourimbah would be frustrated about the happenings last Saturday and would have been keen to play the Major Semi-final with the hope of going through to the Grand Final if they had won. But it was not to be. They now find themselves in a do or die battle with arch rivals Gosford to see if they can again play Terrigal. Ourimbah will rely heavily on their forward pack to stifle Gosford of the ball. Players such as prop Brett Cunningham, lock Josefa Biu and flanker Jarrod Grange will be raring to go and they will realise they will be playing a Gosford team who have nothing to lose. Both teams will be most keen to play Terrigal in the Grand Final. Gosford proved in their Minor Semi-final win over The Lakes that they have the players to post points and if their forward pack can match Ourimbah’s, they do have the backline to score tries. There is so much at stake on Saturday. Both teams know a win will see a Grand Final appearance against Terrigal, while a loss sees the end of the season.

The Premier 2 Preliminary Final will be a battle between Terrigal and The Lakes. It is very difficult to decide which way this match will go. These two teams are so evenly matched from No.1 to No.15 so this fact alone does not help in deciding on the winner in this match. The Lakes were good in their Minor Semi-final win when they easily accounted for Gosford. They are a young team who will attempt to score tries from all sections of the ground. They are an exciting team to watch however they will need to be fully aware of the structure of the Terrigal outfit. This will be a most interesting game of rugby which could go either way.

The President’s Cup Preliminary Final sees two very good teams meeting in what should prove an exciting encounter. Terrigal will take on Avoca Beach in a match which sees two teams with very similar makeups. Both teams have loads of experience. This will be a battle right to the very end. Avoca Beach have experience right through their line-up and will push the higher ranked Terrigal outfit all the way on Saturday. Both teams will be so desperate to reach the 2019 Grand Final where they will meet Ourimbah.

Terrigal and Avoca Beach meet also in the Under 19 Preliminary Final in a match that should prove a thriller. There has been nothing between these two teams all year and it should be exactly the same situation this coming Saturday. The Under 19 competition is so even. All three teams remaining in this competition have beaten each other all year. This will be a very close tussle to start the day off on Preliminary Final day at Woy Woy Oval.

The Women’s 7’s Preliminary Final between Avoca Beach and Woy Woy should be a beauty. This is a repeat of last year’s Grand Final clash where Avoca Beach came out victorious. They will be favourites again this year in this match but Woy Woy will be most keen to seek some retribution for that loss last year.

TEAM LINEUPS ON SATURDAY :

Preliminary Final this Saturday …………………

Woy Woy Oval 7th September

10.00 am Under 19’s Terrigal v. Avoca Beach

11.25 am President’s Cup Terrigal v. Avoca Beach

12.55 pm Premier 2 Terrigal v. The Lakes

2.35 pm Women’s 7’s Avoca Beach v. Woy Woy

3.00 pm Premier 1 Ourimbah v. Gosford