RUGBY PREVIEW GRAND FINAL 2019

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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW

GRAND FINAL
SATURDAY, 14th SEPTEMBER, 2019
WOY WOY OVAL

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The culmination of the 2019 Central Coast Rugby Union season has been reached. The conclusion of the season sees the Premier 1 Grand Final between Terrigal and Gosford at Woy Woy Oval. This will be a most enthralling game of rugby and one which should attract at huge crowd this Saturday.

In some ways the make up of the Grand Final is an unexpected one. Gosford caused an upset last Saturday when they accounted for Ourimbah in the Preliminary Final and so they will be Terrigal’s opponent in the big one on Saturday, not Ourimbah. Terrigal will go into the contest as favourites simply because of the results between the two teams this year. Terrigal have won both matches this season and both quite comfortably – the results being 45-8 in the first round and 45-19 in the second. However Gosford in recent weeks have got all their team together and have been playing far more effective rugby. They showed this last Saturday when they posted a 6 tries to 3 win over Ourimbah. Grand Finals are a whole new ball game and both teams will be fully prepared for this clash, Gosford have had two very good wins during the Finals while Terrigal are yet to play a game. This could prove a factor as the Major Semi-final was called off due to the flooded ground. However Terrigal would have trained with match like conditions and they will be ready to go. Terrigal do know what they have to do. They have been in several Grand Finals in recent years, being defeated last year but having won in 2016 and 2017. They will prepare correctly for the big one on Saturday. Gosford, on the other hand, although wining the Premiership in 2011, are coming from being wooden spooners last year. To go from last place in the competition one year to be Grand Finalist the next year is a wonderful effort. It does not happen very often. However it is now all about the clash on Saturday for the 2019 title. Terrigal have experience right across the team, from their front row of Nathan Simpson and Kevin McNamara to Dan Sargeant at fullback, they have players who are experienced and who have been to Grand Finals before. In the centre of the team are also players such as flankers Ethan McInnes and Sam Kenny, and halves Sekope Maea and Jayden Woolley who are the perfect link between the forwards and the backs. Gosford do know how to score tries. They will also have to perform defensively on Saturday for the entire 80 minutes. Players like five-eight Adam Carlisle, centres Josh McGlynn and Lenny van der Velde, have been so effective recently and they will lead their team throughout the match. Like last Saturday, Gosford will go into match as underdogs but that fact proved no block in their game last weekend. It is 8 years since their last Grand Final for them so Gosford will be keen to perform well on the day. It should be a great game of rugby on Saturday.

The Premier 2 Grand Final on Saturday sees Ourimbah taking on The Lakes in what will prove a physical and fast game of rugby. This match will be a tough game of rugby and both teams will keep coming at each other all day. This match will go right down to the wire. Ourimbah were Minor Premiers in this grade but have not played a game for several weeks. They meet The Lakes team who have had two good wins in their games this Finals Series and are playing a fast, mobile and aggressive style of rugby. The Lakes won the first encounter between these two sides by 19 points to 12 but the last round clash between these two was a 17 all draw. This fact alone shows that this match will be very close. These two teams have been two of the form teams in this grade all year and both fully deserve to be playing in the big one on Saturday.

The President’s Cup Grand Final has Ourimbah playing Avoca Beach. Ourimbah took out the Minor Premiership in this grade and have been the team to beat all year but Finals rugby is a totally different ball game. Ourimbah won both the matches between these two teams this year quite easily so will go into this encounter as favourites. Avoca Beach have come from fourth position on the competition ladder and will be keen to go all the way. They have played their best rugby in the Finals and they will seek to improve on that again this Saturday. It is a big day for the Ourimbah club, having two teams in Grand Finals, and they would like to commence their campaign with a win in this clash.

Kariong will play Avoca Beach in the Under 19 Grand Final on Saturday. Kariong were first into the Grand Final but there has been absolutely nothing between the two teams all year. They have defeated each other regularly during the season. This Grand Final should be close. Both teams are full of match winners, and both teams will definitely see themselves as a real chance to take out the Premiership in this grade this weekend.

The Women’s 7’s Grand Final between Terrigal and Avoca Beach should be just as close as the match described above. Terrigal have been the form team during the year, and were Minor Premiers, and have had a wonderful season. Avoca Beach however have been competitive all year and certainly do loom as a very serious threat to the Terrigal outfit. This Grand Final will prove a nail biter from start to finish.

TEAM LINEUPS ON SATURDAY :

GRAND FINAL on Saturday
Woy Woy Oval 14th September

9.55 am Under 19’s Kariong v. Avoca Beach

11.20 am President’s Cup Ourimbah v. Avoca Beach

12.50 pm Premier 2 Ourimbah v. The Lakes

2.30 pm Women’s 7’s Terrigal v. Avoca Beach

3.00 pm Premier 1 Terrigal v. Gosford

RUGBY PREVIEW PRELIMINARY FINALS

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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.)

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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

RUGBY PREVIEW MAJOR SEMIFINAL

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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW

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MAJOR SEMIFINAL
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

RUGBY PREVIEW Round MINOR SEMIFINAL

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PREVIEW

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MINOR SEMIFINAL
SATURDAY, 24th AUGUST, 2019
WOY WOY OVAL

The 2019 Finals Series has finally arrived. In a year where the struggle to make the Finals was intense from the opening rounds, it now comes down to only four teams remaining in the race to the Major Premiership. The Final Four sees four Premier 1 teams that are quite evenly matched and it should prove a close Premiership.

Saturday’s Premier 1 Minor Semi-final sees Gosford and The Lakes meeting at Woy Woy Oval. This will prove a most interesting match up. Gosford finished third on the competition table and have shown quite good form all year. Gosford have had some great results during the year but injuries have affected them slightly in recent weeks. However they have had two very good wins over their rivals The Lakes during the season. The two wins, 22-18 in the first round, and the second round seeing Gosford easily account for The Lakes by 28 points to 5, probably sees Gosford going into the Minor Semi-final as favourites. But it is obvious the clash on Saturday will be close if these two games are anything to go on. Because of these two wins, Gosford may have that psychological advantage but Finals rugby is a very different story. Both teams can score tries. Their respective backlines contain players who can make inroads into any opposition. Gosford will rely heavily on players such as Josh McGlynn and Adam Carlisle. The Lakes also have players to do the same. These players include Macui Raulini and Logan Hemopo. But it is in the forwards where most games are won and lost. The two sets of forwards appear to be very evenly matched so it will come down to which group of forwards are the more committed on the day. Both teams know their season is on the line. Both coaches, Gosford’s Adam Beavis and The Lakes’ Andrew Long, will have their respective squads fully prepared for this clash. The winner on Saturday goes through to the Preliminary Final in two week’s time while the losing team can hang up their boots for the season. This will be an intense struggle and will closely fought for the entire 80 minutes.

The Premier 2 Minor Semi-final is between the same two teams as in Premier 1, Gosford and The Lakes. It all makes for an exciting clash on Saturday. These two teams have been evenly matched all season so this will be another tough and closely contested match. These two teams were also in the Premier 2 Grand Final last year which The Lakes won so Gosford will be most keen to seek some revenge in this particular game this weekend. Both teams have a combination of youth and experience and on paper it appears both teams could be victors in this clash.

The President’s Cup Minor Semi-final sees The Lakes playing Avoca Beach. The two teams have had two close battles over the year. The President’s Cup competition this year has been a close one and has seen rugby played at a good standard. The Minor Semi-final on Saturday between these two teams will reflect this – it will be a good standard match and will be close. Both teams finished their respective seasons last Saturday with very good wins, so both teams go into this contest with much confidence.

The Under 19 Minor Semi-final sees Avoca Beach up against Gosford. The Colts competition this year has been an excellent one and all four teams have shown respect for each other all season. Avoca Beach will go into this match as clear favourite. Gosford have had a tough year but have maintained their commitment for the whole year. However only last Saturday, Avoca Beach easily accounted for Gosford.

Women’s 7’s takes the stage in Central Coast Rugby Union Finals rugby between Premier 1 and Premier 2. The Minor Semi-final will see Woy Woy playing Hornsby to see who has the right to continue on in the Finals Series. Woy Woy will be favourites in this clash but with the Hornsby women’s team being that club’s first team in the CCRU Finals, Hornsby will be prepared to cause an upset.

TEAM LINEUPS ON SATURDAY :

Minor Semi Final Woy Woy Oval 24 AUGUST

10.00 am Under 19’s Avoca Beach v. Gosford

11.25 am President’s Cup The Lakes v. Avoca Beach

12.55 pm Premier 2 The Lakes v. Gosford

2.35 pm Women’s 7’s Woy Woy v. Hornsby

3.00 pm Premier 1 Gosford v. The Lakes

CCRU Finals Series

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CCRU FINALS SERIES      2019

Teams and Match Times :

Minor Semi Final               Woy Woy Oval                  24 AUGUST

                                                                                                                    Extra time

10.00 am         Under 19’s      Avoca Beach   v.   Gosford      60 Mins    5 Mins Each Way

11.25 am         President’s Cup   The Lakes v. Avoca Beach  60 Mins  10 Mins Each Way

12.55 pm         Premier 2        The Lakes   v.   Gosford           70 Mins  10 Mins Each Way

  2.35 pm         Women’s 7’s   Woy Woy   v.  Hornsby            14 Mins     5 Minutes only

  3.00 pm         Premier 1        Gosford       v.  The Lakes       80 Mins  10 Mins Each Way

Major Semi Final               Woy Woy Oval               31 AUGUST

                                                                                                                        Extra time

10.00 am         Under 19’s      Kariong     v.   Terrigal           60 Mins      5 Mins Each Way

11.25 am         President’s Cup    Ourimbah   v.  Terrigal      60 Mins    10 Mins Each Way

12.55 pm         Premier 2        Ourimbah   v.   Terrigal          70 Mins    10 Mins Each Way

  2.35 pm         Women’s 7’s   Terrigal    v.  Avoca Beach     14 Mins        5 Minutes only 

  3.00 pm         Premier 1        Terrigal     v.    Ourimbah       80 Mins    10 Mins Each Way

 

Preliminary Final             Woy Woy Oval                  7 SEPTEMBER

                                                                                                                        Extra time

10.00 am         Under 19’s      Loser Major v. Winner Minor   60 Mins   10 Mins Each way

11.25 am      President’s Cup Loser Major v. Winner Minor  60 Mins   10 Mins Each way

12.55 pm         Premier 2        Loser Major v. Winner Minor   70 Mins   10 Mins Each way

  2.35 pm         Women’s 7’s   Loser Major v. Winner Minor   14 Mins     5 Minutes only

  3.00 pm         Premier 1        Loser Major v. Winner Minor   80 Mins   10 Mins Each way

** In all matches above, if the scores are level at the end of extra time, the team that finished higher on the table shall be deemed the winner.

 

Grand Final Day                  

14th September, 2019     

WOY WOY OVAL, WOY WOY

Extra time

  9.55 am    Under 19’s           Winner Major v. Winner Prelim. 60 Min  5 Mins Each Way

11.20 am    President’s Cup    Winner Major v. Winner Prelim. 60 Min  10 Min Each Way

12.50 pm    Premier 2             Winner Major v. Winner Prelim. 70 Min  10 Min Each Way

  2.30 pm    Women’s 7’s        Winner Major v. Winner Prelim. 14 Min    5 Minutes only

  3.00 pm    Premier 1             Winner Major v. Winner Prelim. 80 Min  10 Min Each Way

**        In the event that scores are level at the end of extra time, both teams will be declared Joint Premiers.