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Central Coast Rugby Union

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 23rd APRIL, 2022
ROUND 3

The 2022 Central Coast Rugby Union season hopefully will commence next Saturday.
The first two rounds have been postponed due to the very wet weather and these two rounds will be played later in the year.
Everyone is hoping that the season will finally commence next Saturday.

Round 2 sees four (4) Swietelsky Premier 1 matches – in fact this round will be very close in all four matches.
Another feature of this year will be the company SWIETELSKY continuing 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 3 will be the clash at Slade Park when The Lakes will host the Razorbacks. The Razorbacks will go into this clash as very slight favourites. This is based on the fact of their good performances last year. The Lakes do have the home ground advantage to offset this, so this match will go right down to the wire. However, this match, like all the others, makes up for a very interesting series of clashes in this opening third round. The Razorbacks, like all teams, have found the pre-season so difficult because of the very wet conditions of late. Because of the extremely wet weather of late, teams have found it almost impossible to have a normal team training session. So all teams will be a little underdone in their preparation so upset results could easily result. The Lakes were having a wonderful year in 2021 and were right in the picture when the season was curtailed. They will be strong again in 2022 under Coach Marshall Hemopo. He has had a most successful couple of years and he will be hoping his team will go right through to the big ones this year. This will be a hard fought and exciting match at Budgewoi.

Heazlett Park will host an equally interesting clash on Saturday between Avoca Beach and Kariong. These two teams had very similar seasons last year with both well positioned when the season was cut short. However, this is a different and new year. Kariong seem to be well prepared under new Head Coach Louise Ferris. Like most teams so far this year, things have been kept very close to the chests so little is known of many of the club squads. A very wet preseason has limited the preparation of teams with many training sessions called off, and even some trial matches. So, the first few weeks will be very important in telling us the form and prospects of teams this year. Michael Burgess, the Avoca Beach coach, will also have his charges fully prepared for this clash. These two coaches would be just keen to get onto the paddock, and obviously would be hoping for a victory first up. It is very difficult to choose a winner in this clash because of so many unknown factors, and it may just be the home ground advantage for the Avoca Beach side that will see them in front at the 80 minute mark. Both teams know the Challenge Shield will be up for grabs in this match so that adds a little incentive to the game on Saturday.

Hornsby travel to Gosford Showground on Saturday to play Gosford. Hornsby is coached this year by Tristan Jones and Chris Woutersz, so the match sees many new faces both off the paddock as well as on the playing field. Hornsby will go into this clash as very clear favourites. They had a great season last year and have been preparing well for this season. There is also the factor that Gosford are coming back into the competition after a most difficult 2021. Gosford are back in the competition after having to withdraw from the season last year. They have a new coach in Jack Pike and, although, like other clubs, they have had a disjointed pre-season, they will be ready to go next Saturday. Gosford will go into the clash with a very inexperienced squad of players but a group that are determined to do well.

Woy Woy and Warnervale meet on Saturday at Woongarrah Oval. This is a mot difficult match in which to predict a winner. Both teams will want to have improved seasons this year. The two teams had their ups and downs last year but both will be keen to be in the big matches at the end of this season. Both teams have reportedly built up in the off season but it all becomes a reality on Saturday when they will see how much improvement has taken place. Warnervale do have the home ground advantage which is a huge plus. These two teams did meet in a trial match in the Swietelsky Shield in March and Warnervale prevailed in that clash. But this is a competition match and much more is at stake on Saturday.

The Bay Rugby Club will only be playing in the President’s Cup once again this year. On Saturday they will play Terrigal at home at Joseph Banks Oval in their first match and the result of this match is almost impossible to predict.

Saturday also sees the start of the Central Coast Women’s 10’s competition. This year the clubs continue with 10-a-side rugby and there will be seven teams in this year’s competition. It will take several weeks before these teams sort themselves out but it all makes for some interesting rugby in the opening rounds of this year’s competition. This weekend will see Terrigal playing Warnervale, The Lakes will host the Razorbacks, and Avoca Beach will meet Kariong.

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