RUGBY PREVIEW Round 10

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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 22nd JUNE, 2019
ROUND 10

Saturday sees some exciting matches in Central Coast Rugby Union. In fact all 4 matches hold considerable interest for varying reasons. There are certainly some exciting matchups with teams, who are currently out of the Top Four, playing some great rugby and who will push the leading teams all the way in their matches this weekend.

The Match of the Day sees Ourimbah at home to The Lakes at Ourimbah Rugby Park. These two days are currently placed in the Top Four. Ourimbah are continuing on their winning way and are playing some pleasing rugby. They were pushed by Gosford last week early on but the second half saw the Ourimbah team storm home. The Lakes troubled Terrigal all day last Saturday and would even consider themselves a little unlucky in losing such a tight contest. It gets no easier for The Lakes this Saturday but they proved last week they can compete very well with the competition’s leading teams. This match will be close but it is hard to see Ourimbah losing. The Lakes do know how to score tries and they proved last Saturday against Terrigal that their defence has really tightened up. However The Lakes, currently in fourth spot, know they have teams challenging from behind so they must continue to get the right results to stay there.

An equally enthralling match will be the match at Mark Taylor Oval between Hornsby and Terrigal. Hornsby has had two wins on the trot lately and have been playing some very good rugby. Coach Chip Carroll has got the Hornsby team firing on all cylinders at present and the improvement in the team had been most noticeable. Terrigal put a huge win on Hornsby in the first match of the season but it is very unlikely that that would happen again. In fact Hornsby will be full of confidence and would very like to cause an upset. It will be difficult as Terrigal are in second position on the ladder and have shown good consistent form in recent weeks. This should prove a very interesting game of rugby.

Woy Woy will host Gosford at Woy Woy Oval on Saturday. Gosford are coming off a loss while Woy Woy recorded their first win of the season last weekend. Not only did Woy Woy record their first win but they played well and deserved the victory. Coach Luke Ingold will be most keen to continue that winning streak on Saturday. Woy Woy are at home which is a plus for them. Gosford will need to regroup after last Saturday’s loss. They played very well in the first half last Saturday but they know they must play like that for the whole 80 minutes if they are to secure a Finals berth at the end of the year. Coach Adam Beavis would have worked hard this week at training to endure they are fully prepared for this contest.

The clash between Warnervale and Avoca Beach at Woongarrah Oval is such an important clash for both teams. Both teams need a win if they are to chase down the leading four teams in the competition. On their day both teams are quite capable of playing very good, structured rugby and can overcome all teams in the competition. Warnervale would be very disappointed with their loss last week and will be most keen to turn that around quickly this Saturday. Avoca Beach is coming off the bye so will be raring to go. There was nothing between these two sides in the first game of the season and it should be much the same situation this Saturday.

The Entrance President’s Cup team travels to Kariong Oval this Saturday to take on Kariong in a must win match for the visitors.

The women’s competition is heating up. Terrigal, Avoca Beach, Woy Woy and Hornsby are currently in the Top Four and the other teams will be trying to overtake them in the coming weeks.

RUGBY PREVIEW Round 9

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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 15th JUNE, 2019
ROUND 9

This Saturday see the resumption of Central Coast Rugby Union after the break for the NSW Country Championships in Tamworth. Most clubs would have appreciated the mid-season break but it is back to action this coming weekend. This round sees the competition reach the halfway point of the season so teams will be realising that things must happen if they are to make the Final Series this year. All matches this Saturday are significant.

The Match of the Day sees Gosford travel to Ourimbah for an important clash at Ourimbah Rugby Park. Ourimbah are currently leading the competition and remain undefeated. They have become one of the bench marks for most opposition teams this season. This also brings about the situation that all teams are trying to defeat them. Ourimbah in this match will have the advantage of their success so far this season but will also have that vital home ground advantage. Gosford know they must keep wining to stay in the top echelon of the competition as there are teams behind them keen to displace them. Gosford have had a very good season. They have had only the one loss this season so they will be a distinct threat for Ourimbah. Gosford are coming off a bye before the Long Weekend so will be freshened up after the 2 week break. On the other hand, many of the Ourimbah players had a tough last round match against Terrigal 2 weeks ago and many of their players played representative rugby last weekend. This will be a good game of rugby and will tell us much about the prospects of both teams for later in the season.

Terrigal and The Lakes meet at The Haven Oval in a match which also holds considerable interest. Both teams have had good seasons. Despite the loss last week, Terrigal have played exceptional rugby all season and have had only the one loss, that being in the last round against Ourimbah. The Lakes are on a winning streak. They have now won 3 matches in succession, and had lost several close ones just before that, and would very like to cause an upset on Saturday and continue that winning streak. It will be tough however for them as Terrigal are at home and they will also be most keen to get back to their winning ways after their last round loss. This will tell us a lot about the future of The Lakes in terms of the Final Series. They are currently in fourth spot on the ladder and would very much like to stay there. They will need to keep getting the results they desire if they are to remain there. Once again, with Terrigal at home, the Challenge Shield is also up for grabs in this match.

Hornsby and Warnervale meet at Mark Taylor Oval. These two teams were in tremendous form in their last hit outs Hornsby had a pleasing win over Woy Woy to record their first win of the year while Warnervale played very good rugby to gain a draw with The Lakes in a match they could have won. So both teams will go into this clash with confidence. There is absolutely nothing between these two teams and both will be keen to keep this successful feeling going. The only difference may be the home ground advantage for Hornsby but this match will go right down to the wire.

Kariong are at home to Woy Woy at Kariong Oval. This will be an interesting battle between these two neighbouring clubs. There is never too much between these two teams. At the moment Kariong are still struggling to get into the Top Four and after their good win over Avoca Beach last round they would feel they could achieve that with more successive wins. Woy Woy are yet to win a match this year but must be very close to doing that. They would realise Saturday maybe their chance to do that. This is another possibly very close encounter in a round which sees all matches very open. It is a great series of rugby matches this coming Saturday.

The Entrance President’s Cup team travel to Heazlett Park this Saturday to take on Avoca Beach in a match that is so important in terms of the Finals. Both teams will be desperate for a win.

This Saturday also sees all the resumption of the women’s competition. All teams have a competitive chance of make the Finals but a win this Saturday for these teams will make that task a little easier.

RUGBY PREVIEW Round 8

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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 1st JUNE, 2019
ROUND 8

The Match of the Day this Saturday sees the mighty clash between the two undefeated teams in the competition, Ourimbah and Terrigal. In fact this is the match of the season so far. These two teams have taken all before them this season and really have not looked threatened in any of their matches this year. This clash At Ourimbah Rugby Park will see one of these teams lose that undefeated mantle on Saturday. This match will not be for the faint hearted. Both teams have great depth right across the paddock. Both Ourimbah and Terrigal have won all their matches quite convincingly this season so far and have been the standout teams in the local competition. Terrigal have an excellent forward pack and they have been the lynchpin of their performances this year. They are strong up front with front rowers Kevin McNamara and Nathan Simpson, and this forward strength goes right through to their locks and loose forwards. Behind their pack is half back Sekope Maea who had proved an excellent link to the backs who have taken advantage all season of some good ball. Much the same can said for Ourimbah. Prop Brett Cunningham is very experienced and he heads a forward pack that has been on the go forward all year. He will be fully supported by players such as Jarrod Grange, Josefa Biu and James Blanch. Goal kicking could be the deciding factor and Terrigal kicker Jayden Woolley has rarely missed this season while for Ourimbah Jarrod Grange and Tyrone Davies should share these duties. This match will see who remains at the top of the table as these two teams are only separated by the single point on the competition ladder. It will be a great day of rugby all day at Ourimbah as all grades in both clubs are all placed at the top of their respective ladders. A huge crowd should be in attendance on Saturday in what is shaping as the match of the season so far.

Just as the above two undefeated teams compete to maintain that status, at Mark Taylor Oval two teams, Hornsby and Woy Woy, are attempting to get their first win of the season. These teams were very strong in their previous respective matches. Hornsby were defeated by the single point last Saturday while Woy Woy pushed Terrigal all the way in their clash two weeks ago. Woy Woy are coming off the bye so they will be freshened up and ready to go. Both teams will see this as a real opportunity to get their first win the season. The match will be very close. Hornsby will be buoyed after their great effort last week, and they are at home on their ‘Back to Hornsby’ Day so the home team will have many supporters there to cheer them on. Back teams have got stronger and stronger as the season has progressed and it has not been through the lack of effort that neither team has secured a victory this season. These two teams can trouble all teams in this competition and they will definitely push each other for the 80 minutes on Saturday.

Warnervale and The Lakes will meet each other in the local derby at Woongarrah Oval. The clashes between these two teams are always close and intense, and Saturday will be no different. Warnervale have had some good performances this season and have showed they can trouble all teams. Even last week, despite their loss to Gosford, they did not take all their chances to post points in that match. They will need to do so in this match with The Lakes. The Lakes had a close but vital win last Saturday against Hornsby. It was such an important win for them as it placed them in the Top Four for the first time this season. The Lakes will be keen to stay there but to do that of course they must defeat Warnervale on Saturday. That will not be easy and this match will go right down to the wire.

Kariong travels to Heazlett Park this weekend to play Avoca Beach. Both these teams lost their matches last Saturday even though both teams put in totally committed efforts. Both teams have been suffering from several key injuries to players so the respective coaches will be doing some sorting out of players in various positions for this clash. A win is vital for both teams if they wish to get back into Finals contention. Both teams will be most keen to get back on track quickly so a win on Saturday is huge motivation of course. These two teams lost to the two frontrunners in the competition last week and to meet each other straight away does not make things any easier. Both teams have been playing well, but the result will come down to which team can play though for the entire 80 minutes.

The Entrance President’s Cup team will host Gosford at Joseph Banks Oval this Saturday in a match that the home team must win if they are to stay in connection with the leading teams in the competition.

This Saturday sees all the women’s teams in action for the first time this year in the Women’s competition. Women’s 7’s rugby has certainly taken off this year and the results this weekend will prove especially important in terms of the Finals Series.

RUGBY PREVIEW Round 7

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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
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SATURDAY, 25th MAY, 2019
ROUND 7

The seaside derby takes centre stage this Saturday when Terrigal and Avoca Beach meet at The Haven Oval. This clash always attracts a huge crowd and Saturday will be no different. Besides the very nature of this clash, and all its excitement for the two clubs, an extra interest this year will be that the match will be played under lights commencing at 6 pm. Terrigal will go in the clash as favourites simply because they are currently undefeated in the competition, they are playing very good rugby and they are at home. However these fixtures always bring out the best in both clubs. Avoca Beach will rise to the occasion. Avoca Beach also know they must keep getting wins so stay clear of the teams behind them on the ladder so there are many factors contributing towards making this game very exciting. Terrigal have strength right across the paddock, from their props Nathan Simpson and Kevin McNamara right though to their outside backs in Dan Sargeant, Dylon Calabria, and Jayden Woolley. Avoca Beach have one of their youngest squads for many years and they have performed admirably through the first six sounds. They have played so well that they are currently placed in the Top Four. Players like centre Matt Anderson, half back Julian Bacigalupo, prop Jake McPhie and five-eight Mitch Jacob have led from the front and they must do the same and more on Saturday night. This will be a good game of rugby and with the fixture being played under lights for the first time at The Haven Oval, a large crowd is expected to attend. The Challenge Shield is also up for grabs so there is huge incentive, for many reasons, for why Avoca Beach will push the Terrigal team for the full 80 minutes.

Kariong travel to Ourimbah Rugby Park to meet Ourimbah. This will be a tough encounter for the visitors as Ourimbah have taken all before them this season so far. Ourimbah remain undefeated and the very nature of their victories has been most convincing. However Kariong know they need to get a win if they are to stay in touch with the frontrunners in the competition. Kariong do have the team to cause an upset but they must play well and consistently for the entire 80 minutes. What makes it more difficult for Kariong is that Ourimbah are at home. Ourimbah have strength right across the paddock, and their club depth enables them to play out the match right to the fulltime whistle. This match will be tight for a long time but the result will depend on what team shows more compassion and commitment in those final 20 minutes.

Gosford will host Warnervale at Gosford Showground in a match one would expect the home team to win. However it has been difficult to predict how Warnervale have competed in recent weeks. They have had some great results, and put on some strong performances but at other times have faltered a little in terms of getting a win. Gosford had a very good win last Saturday against Avoca Beach away from home so they will go into this clash full of confidence and even more so because this week they are at home. Warnervale have the team to win this match but of course it all depends on how they perform on the day. Warnervale know they must win if they are to have any Finals aspirations. It will be a tough matchup for them as Gosford will be keen to maintain their position in the Top Four.

The Lakes will host Hornsby at Slade Park in what is another crucial match for both teams. The Lakes have had close matches all season and that included a narrow win over Kariong last Saturday. They are at home this weekend and that will boost their chances. Hornsby are yet to break through for a victory this season but they are getting closer and closer. They all but won two weeks ago against Kariong, and coming off the bye last Saturday, they will be freshened up and ready to fire. This will be a most interesting encounter but, with the home ground advantage, one would think The Lakes would have too much fire power and would go into the match as slight favourites.

The Entrance President’s Cup team will travel to Woy Woy Oval this Saturday to take on the home team in what should be a closely fought encounter.

Saturday sees the very exciting clash between Terrigal and Avoca Beach in Women’s 7’s rugby. These two teams are leading the competition at present and a win either way will give bragging rights to that team at this stage of the season.

RUGBY PREVIEW Round 6

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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
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SATURDAY, 18th MAY, 2019
ROUND 6

The Match of the Round this Saturday will see Warnervale at home to Ourimbah at Woongarrah Oval. Warnervale are coming off a very good victory last Saturday against Woy Woy and because of that victory will take a huge amount of confidence into this clash against the current competition leaders Ourimbah. However Ourimbah will be favourites to win this match. They have won all their matches so far this season and most of them have been done quite comfortably. Warnervale however will be most keen to make a point in this clash. They are at home so that will be a plus in their favour. Warnervale will also be most keen to build on their win last Saturday. So all in all it could be an interesting match between two last start winners. Warnervale know they will have to play well, keep errors to a minimum and defend for the entire 80 minutes. They will rely heavily on players such as Ben Butler, Cameron McNamara, Jacob Griffin, Atu Turagabeci and Dean Crofskey to ensure they get their team on the go forward very quickly. Ourimbah have experience right across the paddock and it appears Coach Brett Marchant is still settling on his best combination in the top grade.

Avoca Beach meet Gosford at Heazlett Park in what should prove an exciting clash. Avoca Beach are coming off a close win last Saturday, and will be keen to maintain that winning feeling and to remain in the Top four. Gosford started well last Saturday against Terrigal but faded the further the match went on. They will need to regroup quickly and get back into their winning ways if they are to stay near the top of the table. There should be very little between these two teams and more than likely the final result will go right down to those final minutes. Avoca Beach are always that little bit tougher to overcome at Heazlett Park so Gosford will have to play some good rugby if they are to get the victory.

The Lakes travel to Kariong Oval to meet Kariong in another significant encounter. Kariong have won their last two matches and are slowly regrouping after a slow start to the season. The Lakes have in many ways been the unlucky team this year as they have lost several matches by very small margins – against Ourimbah, Gosford and Avoca Beach – all by just a few points. They did sneak a close win against Woy Woy however. It must be very nerve wracking for their supporters. They will be hoping to snatch a close one again this Saturday against Kariong. However it will be difficult because Kariong are at home and are improving as the season unfolds. Like the two games above, this clash will be a close one.

Woy Woy will host Terrigal at Woy Woy Oval on Saturday and this is a match that the home team simply must win. Woy Woy are yet to get a win this season and must do so if they are to keep their season alive. But they are meeting Terrigal who are currently undefeated, who are playing excellent rugby, have great depth, and are coming off a very meritorious victory against Gosford last Saturday. So things do not look good for Woy Woy. But being a home and knowing things are desperate, this match may prove closer than many people expect.

The Entrance this Saturday have a bye in President’s Cup rugby.

Saturday sees the very exciting clash between Terrigal and Woy Woy in Women’s 7’s rugby. Terrigal have not played for several weeks because of byes but will be keen and ready to go in their clash with Woy Woy. Others matches this Saturday are between Kariong and The Lakes, and Warnervale and Ourimbah