CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 17th APRIL, 2021
The 2021 Central Coast Rugby Union season continues next Saturday with some great matches. The round sees three (3) Swietelsky Premier 1 matches.
Another feature of this year will be the company SWIETELSKY coming on board as a major sponsor of Central Coast Rugby Union. The Premier 1 competition will be known as the Swietelsky Premier 1 competition.
The Match of the Day in Round 1will be the clash at Slade Park between last year’s Grand Finalists - The Lakes and Terrigal. This match is very difficult one in which decide which team will come out the victor. There are quite a few unknowns. Mainly, The Lakes are yet to take the paddock this year so it is difficult to determine just where they are at. The team has been playing a series of 7’s tournaments but 15-a-side rugby is a totally different affair. Also, their trial matches were upset by the recent wet weather so The Lakes do come into this match a little unprepared. Terrigal, on the other hand, have had some trial matches, they played in a tough encounter last Saturday against Kariong, and are generally playing effective rugby. So, for the above reasons one would think Terrigal would go into this fixture as slight favourites. However, The Lakes are at home and are always a very tough proposition at Slade Park. The last time these two teams played, in the 2020 Grand Final, there was absolutely nothing between them. The Lakes will be keen for some sort of revenge in this match but it will be a tough ask. The Lakes coach Marshall Hemopo will have the home side fully prepared for this clash.
Avoca Beach will host Hornsby at Heazlett Park. This will commence Avoca Beach’s season as they had the bye in Round 1. On the other hand, Hornsby showed their great form when they accounted for Warnervale last Saturday. Hornsby played strong, committed rugby and they showed they are a great chance of reaching the Finals again this year. Justin Staben is back at the helm for Avoca Beach and he will most keen to open his team’s season on the right foot. The home ground advantage for Avoca Beach will be a great asset in their favour but they know they will facing a team in good form and already with a competition match under their belts.
Warnervale will travel to Kariong Oval to take on Kariong in what should be an interesting matchup. Both teams lost their first round encounters so both teams will be most keen to get their first win of the season in this clash. Both clubs know you must get these wins early on in the season so this is a great opportunity to do so. Both teams are so evenly matched and it should prove that way next Saturday. Both teams, even though they lost last Saturday, put in sterling performances and both teams proved tough, determined and committed. Kariong are at home which is a plus for them but it is not far along the M1 for the Warnervale outfit. Kariong will be making this a special day Saturday in honour of rugby stalwart Bruce Clarke who passed away recently.
The Razorbacks, Woy Woy and The Bay Rugby Clubs (Pres. Cup) have a bye this Saturday.
Saturday also sees the countenance of the Central Coast Women’s 10’s competition. This weekend will see the clubs continue with 10-a-side rugby and there will three (3) exciting matches across the Coast this Saturday. Terrigal and Warnervale would be favoured to win their respective matches, while the Avoca Beach v. Hornsby clash will go right down to the wire.