RUGBY PREVIEW Round 13

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Central Coast Rugby Union

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 13th JULY, 2019
ROUND 13

All matches this weekend will be closely fought – in fact all matches could warrant Match of the Day status for various reasons. It should prove a most interesting round of matches and tell us much in terms of the Finals.

The Match of the Day this Saturday is the clash between Warnervale and Terrigal. This is a do or die clash for Warnervale in terms of the Finals. The Warnervale team played very well last Saturday when they defeated Kariong in one of their better performances of the year. Terrigal are coming off the bye and they would be freshened up after the break. In fact both these teams defeated Kariong in their last outings and both won this fixture by a similar margin. Terrigal are still placed in second spot on the competition ladder and will be keen to stay there especially with Gosford just behind them at present. Terrigal will go into the match as favourites despite the fact that Warnervale are at home. Warnervale do play some great rugby at Woongarrah and are proving quirt difficult to defeat there. Terrigal have great depth right across the paddock but it has been their tight five who have dominated up front so far this season. The Terrigal pack of forwards have proved strong and have laid the foundation for their backline in most matches. This will be an interesting game of rugby on Saturday.

Hornsby are at home this Saturday at Mark Taylor Oval when they meet Avoca Beach. They have been away now for many weeks and should really enjoy being at home. Hornsby played well against Gosford last Saturday despite their loss and their second half performance showed they can defeat any team in this competition. They actually outscored Gosford in that second half. So Avoca Beach will have to be wary this coming Saturday. Avoca Beach know that The Lakes have the bye this week so a win will see them back into the Top Four. However it will not be easy. There is nothing between these two teams and this clash will go right down to the wire. Avoca Beach were most impressive against Ourimbah last Saturday and it was one of their best performances of the year. If they repeat that effort this Saturday they should go into this coming contest as favourites.

Kariong will host Gosford at Kariong Oval on Saturday and this is a must win match for the home team. Gosford are on a roll at present and are playing some enterprising rugby and are also getting the vital wins. Kariong have had a stop start season so far. They played so well against Terrigal two weeks but would have been most disappointed with their efforts last Saturday against Warnervale. There is an intense rivalry between these two teams and they do enjoy playing each other and of course getting the win. This will be a close battle. Kariong have the home ground advantage while Gosford at present have the right form. It all makes for an exciting and most entertaining game of rugby.

Ourimbah and Woy Woy meet at Ourimbah Rugby Park on Saturday. Based on recent performances one would think that Ourimbah would be very clear favourites to win this clash. Ourimbah have remained undefeated this season and are playing great rugby. In fact they really have had only had the two close matches this season – the first round clash against The Lakes and last week against Avoca Beach. They are also playing at home. So everything is in their favour. However Woy Woy has played some very good rugby on occasions this year. If that team turns up on Saturday they can push Ourimbah for quite awhile and even cause an upset. Woy Woy will have to play well and play for the full 80 minutes to do so.

The Entrance President’s Cup team travel to Slade Park this Saturday to take on The Lakes. This match up is always a tight one and this weekend should be no different.

The women’s competition has produced some great rugby in recent weeks. Terrigal, Avoca Beach and Woy Woy would be favoured to win their respective matches this coming Saturday but the form of all teams in this competition has improved markedly over recent weeks.

RUGBY PREVIEW Round 12

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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 6th JULY, 2019
ROUND 12

The Central Coast Rugby Union competition is hotting up as the season progresses well past the halfway point. Teams will be keen to play well from now on, to get those necessary wins and to try to make the Finals Series in 2019.

The Match of the Day this Saturday is the match at Heazlett Park where Avoca Beach will host Ourimbah. These two teams had good wins last Saturday and will be keen to continue that form this coming weekend. Avoca Beach, because of that win, got themselves back into the Top four so will be very keen to stay there. It will not be easy however. They are meeting Ourimbah who have taken all before them this year so far. They have won all their fixtures and the huge majority of these wins have been quite easy. Avoca Beach knows there are teams placed just behind them on the competition ladder so a good performance, and a win, would be huge bonus for them this Saturday. Avoca Beach coach Justin Staben will have his team fired up and ready to go, but also will Brett Marchant at Ourimbah. Ourimbah will go into this match as firm favourites because of their great form this season but Avoca Beach, at Heazlett, are always a threat.

The Lakes travel to Woy Woy Oval to meet Woy Woy in a must win match for them. The Lakes dropped out of the Top Four last week and they know if they are to stay in touch with the competition leaders they must get quickly back onto the winner’s dais. The Lakes did not play well last Saturday against Gosford and they would be most disappointed with their effort. They were never in that match and if they play like that again Woy Woy will get the win. It is very difficult to follow the form of Woy Woy this year. They have had some pleasing efforts during the year but there have been too many occasions where they have allowed the opposing team to take control too easily. This match will be evenly fought and both teams are quite capable of getting the win. The Lakes probably have more to play for but with Woy Woy at home, this game could go either way.

Warnervale are at home to Kariong on Saturday at Woongarrah Oval. Both these teams desperately need to win this clash. They both still theoretically have a chance to reach the Finals but they must win almost everything from here on in until the end of the season. Warnervale are coming off the bye, so will be freshened up, and they are also at home. So everything is in their favour this Saturday. Kariong played well in their loss to Terrigal last Saturday night and this type of form should hold them in good stead this coming Saturday if they can repeat that type of form. It is certainly another very difficult match in which to choose a winner. Most would feel the result will not be determined until those very final minutes of play in this match. There are quite a few games like that this coming Saturday.

Gosford will host Hornsby on Saturday at Gosford Showground. Based on the performances from the two teams last Saturday, one can only see a Gosford victory. They were strong against The Lakes last weekend and completely blotted The Lakes team out of the match. Hornsby, on the other hand, was never in the race against Ourimbah and lost that contest quite convincingly. However this is a different day and a different match. Both teams have displayed the ability to get a win but it will be Gosford who will go into the match as clear favourites.

The Entrance President’s Cup team will travel to The Haven Oval this Saturday to take on Terrigal. This will be an awkward match for the visitors but one they just need to win if they to reach the Finals.

The women’s competition continues on. 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. The key matches this Saturday will see The Lakes take on Woy Woy, and Avoca Beach playing Ourimbah.

RUGBY PREVIEW Round 11

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Central Coast Rugby Union

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 29th JUNE, 2019
ROUND 11

Saturday sees some enthralling games of rugby. There is also a game at night which should also attract considerable interest.

The Match of the Day is at Gosford Showground where the 3rd and 4th placed teams, Gosford and The Lakes, take on each other in a quite crucial encounter. Gosford wish to remain in fourth spot while The Lakes also want to challenge Gosford for that spot. The Lakes also know that there are teams looming behind them on the competition ladder so a win would add security to their current position. It all makes for a most interesting encounter. It is also difficult to choose a winner in this clash. Gosford last week were most impressive in their big win over Woy Woy and if they continue that form on Saturday they will go into the clash as firm favourites. The Lakes were also strong last weekend. They lost to Ourimbah but did keep in the contest for long periods in that game. Both teams have very effective backlines. Both sets of backs know how to score tries and this should lead to a quite spectacular game of rugby. In many ways the match will come down to the forward struggle. Both packs of forwards will attempt to take control so that they can lay the foundation for the backs. Gosford are at home which is an advantage but The Lakes have travelled well this year. This encounter should provide some very good game of rugby on Saturday.

Terrigal are at home on Saturday and this night fixture against Kariong should be a good one. The Premier 1 clash kicks of at 6 pm under lights at The Haven Oval and a good crowd should be on hand to witness this struggle. Terrigal have been winning their matches of late but not as convincingly as their coaching staff would like. They came from behind in their last two games to defeat The Lakes and Hornsby so they will be hoping for a much better start in this particular match. Kariong need to win. They are out of the Top Four and are keen to be there. Kariong have had a hot and cold first half of the season and they will be striving to be far more consistent on Saturday. They had the bye last Saturday so they will be freshened up. They will also be keen to get back on the paddock after the disappointing loss to Woy Woy two weeks ago. Terrigal will go into this match as favourites but they will know they have been in a battle after the 80 minutes on Saturday evening.

Hornsby are at home to Ourimbah on Saturday and this clash at Mark Taylor Oval should be a good one. Hornsby have played some outstanding rugby of late and would consider themselves a little unlucky to go down to Terrigal last Saturday. Terrigal won that fixture in the last 10 minutes. Hornsby will take a lot from that clash. They know they need to play out the whole 80 minutes and of course they will be hoping to stay injury free for that 80 minutes. The loss of several players through injury late in the match last Saturday did affect their chances. Ourimbah will be favoured to win however. They are currently undefeated in the competition, they are playing such good rugby, and have so much depth throughout their club. It will take a very good effort from Hornsby to defeat or even trouble the visitors this coming weekend. But Hornsby do have the team to do it. They have proved this in recent weeks when their form has got stronger and stronger.

Avoca Beach will host Woy Woy at Heazlett Park on Saturday. Both these teams will be desperate for a victory in this clash. Their seasons have been up and down all year so their respective coaches, Avoca’s Justin Staben and Woy Woy’s Luke Ingold, will both be hoping for some consistency, and a greatly improved performance, this Saturday. Both teams can play good rugby but it has not been display at too many matches this year. Avoca Beach will enjoy getting back on their home turf and that will be a real plus for them. Woy Woy proved against Kariong two weeks ago that they can play effective rugby but last Saturday this all came undone when they were never in the clash with Gosford. Both coaches will be hoping that the best team will be show this weekend for both clubs.

The Entrance President’s Cup team have the bye this Saturday in their competition.

The women’s competition continues on. 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. The Match of the Round this Saturday will be Avoca Beach up against Woy Woy which is a repeat of last year’s Women’s Grand Final.

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
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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.