CCRU Preview Round 8 29/05/2021
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SATURDAY, 29th MAY, 2021
The Swietelsky Premier 1 2021 competition is tightening up and positions on the ladder are changing weekly. This coming weekend sees matches which may throw further light on the competition ladder. At present, only 9 competition points on the Premier 1 ladder separate the top 7 teams.
The Match of the Day is the crucial clash at Slade Park between The Lakes and Hornsby. Both of these teams are coming off pleasing victories last Saturday so are obviously in good form leading into this clash. There is so much to play for in this match. Both teams are just below the leading couple of teams on the competition ladder and they know, because the ladder is so bunched, every point is so vital. Both coaches will work hard this week to get their squads primed for this encounter. Both Tristan Jones (Hornsby) and Marshall Hemopo (The Lakes) will be working overtime to prepare for this match. Both teams can score tries from anywhere on the paddock so defence will be the key. The team that plays out the full 80 minutes, that starts strongly and continues to maintain the concentration right to the fulltime whistle, will win this match. The home ground advantage is a plus for The Lakes but Hornsby will be prepared for this. This will be exciting game of rugby, and one that should attract a good crowd.
Woy Woy will host Kariong at Woy Woy Oval in what is a must win game for both teams These two teams have been in great early season form but do need to a win to stay in touch with the leading teams in the competition. Both teams had a loss last Saturday so both know they must try to get this victory this weekend. Both teams are playing well and both teams are scoring points, but both know they must play out the full 80 minutes. Kariong have had two very close losses over the last two Saturdays so will be keen to get out of this pattern of results quickly. Woy Woy however will be a very tough team to overcome. They are at home and at their last home match were victorious over Avoca Beach. These two neighbouring clubs always like to defeat each other and because of the closeness of the competition this year, this matchup will be especially no different. This is a most interesting contest.
Terrigal will travel to meet Warnervale at Woongarrah Oval in a clash that both teams also need to win. Terrigal need to quickly get back into the winner’s circle after losing last week to the Razorbacks, while Warnervale showed last week they cannot be taken lightly. This match will be closer than many people think. Warnervale have troubled all teams this year but have just failed to get that win. Terrigal have had some injury concerns and Warnervale might just take advantage of that. Warnervale are back home and they are always a much stronger team at their home base. On paper one would expect the visitors to get the victory on Saturday but Warnervale will be out to prove everyone wrong.
Avoca Beach and the Razorbacks have the Premier 1 bye this coming Saturday.
PREMIER 1 POINTS TABLE
Avoca Beach 15
The Lakes 14
Woy Woy 12
The Bay President’s Cup team will meet the Razorbacks and this match will be played on Friday night at Joseph Banks Oval.
Saturday also sees the continuance of the Central Coast Women’s 10’s competition. This weekend will see the clubs continue with 10-a-side rugby matches with some great clashes across the Coast. Warnervale host Terrigal, Gosford/Woy Woy play Kariong, and The Lakes meet Hornsby.
CCRU Preview Round 7 22/05/2021
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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 22nd MAY, 2021
The Swietelsky Premier 1 season continues next Saturday with four(4) most interesting fixtures. They will all be close and all will be hard fought. The 2021 competition is tightening up and positions on the ladder are changing weekly.
The ‘Match of the Day’ is the battle at Ourimbah Rugby Park between The Razorbacks and Terrigal. This will be one of the highlight matches of the season and the clash will tell us a lot about the format of the Finals for this year. Terrigal are currently undefeated but are coming off a tough encounter with Hornsby last Saturday. Terrigal got the victory in that clash but they certainly knew that they were in a game of rugby. The Razorbacks just got home against Kariong in a nail biter last Saturday – it was only a try on fulltime that separated those two teams. Both teams have been hit with injuries recently and both teams are feeling the affect of what has been a tough opening 6 weeks of the competition. However both clubs have great depth but the injuries are a concern at this stage. This contest will be close. At the start of the year most people probably thought these two teams would contest the Grand Final this year, but with so many other teams now showing such great form, those spots in the big one at the end of the year are so very much up for grabs by several teams. There should be a big crowd at Ourimbah on Saturday to witness what should be one of the great games of rugby this season.
Kariong will host The Lakes at Kariong Oval in another clash which will prove very difficult to choose the winner in. These two teams have been in great early season form. The Lakes are coming off the bye but showed great form the week before, while Kariong had a rugged encounter last Saturday when they lost on the final whistle. This match will not be decided until that final few minutes of the match. With so many teams in this competition in form, and with every competition point so valuable, coaches and players know every match from here on in is so vital. Both these teams have speed out wide, so much will depend on what forward pack gets on top. The team that can provide the best ball to these speedy outside backs will win the day. This is such an important game for both teams. The Lakes need a victory to keep in touch with the current leading teams while Kariong need to get back onto the winners dais after a draw and loss.
Woy Woy will travel to Mark Taylor Oval next Saturday when they take on Hornsby. In this ‘Battle of the Lions’, both teams will be desperate for a win. Woy Woy had a great victory last Saturday and they will be keen to maintain the rage. They are the improving team in the competition and cannot be taken lightly in any match. Hornsby played well against Terrigal despite the loss and they know they need to win after a loss and a draw in recent weeks. They are back home at Waitara which is a plus for them. Both teams play an attacking, open style of rugby so this could prove a high scoring match and one that may go right down to the wire. Only a point separates these two teams on the competition ladder so a win is so crucial for both teams; in fact every match is crucial from now on.
Avoca Beach will host Warnervale at Heazlett Oval in a clash that both teams need to win. Avoca Beach need to quickly get back into the winner’s circle after now losing two matches on the trot. The same applies for Warnervale. Warnervale are coming off a bye and a loss just before that so they are also desperate for points. This is always a tough trip for Warnervale but they know they must win this match if they are to mark a mark on this competition. They probably have caught Avoca Beach at a bad time. The home team have lost two in a row so they will come out firing and being at home, they will be very difficult to overcome. They will make things very hard for the visitors. This match, like all Premier 1 matches on the day, will be close, edition and intense.
The Bay President’s Cup team have the bye this Saturday.
Saturday also sees the continuance of the Central Coast Women’s 10’s competition. This weekend will see the clubs continue with 10-a-side rugby and there will four (4)) exciting matches across the Coast this Saturday. The Razorbacks host Terrigal, Gosford/Woy Woy travel to Hornsby, The Lakes meet Kariong, and Avoca Beach play Warnervale. All matches should prove close and hard fought, and they should tell us much about the prospects of all these teams for the Finals even at this early stage of the season.
PREMIER 1 POINTS TABLE
Avoca Beach 11
Woy Woy 11
The Lakes 9
CCRU Preview Round 6 15/05/2021
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SATURDAY, 15th MAY, 2021
The Swietelsky Premier 1 season continues next Saturday with some interesting clashes. The competition itself is proving quite even with recent matches showing that there will be several upsets in coming weeks. In fact this Saturday will again see all three clashes close and hard fought.
The ‘Match of the Day’ is the battle at The Haven Oval between Terrigal and Hornsby. This match will be played on Saturday night. Both teams are coming off very pleasing wins last Saturday so both teams are obviously in great form. Terrigal remain undefeated in the competition so will go in to this clash as the slight favourites. They are also at home which is a huge plus for them. However Hornsby have shown over the last couple of weeks that they are getting stronger and stronger and are playing some very controlled rugby. Last Saturday they defeated the Razorbacks and before that they gained a well earnt draw against Kariong. Both clubs have good depth and this may be handy as both teams have received some knocks and bruises over the last few encounters. Terrigal play for the full 80 minutes so if Hornsby is to challenge the home team next Saturday they will have to do the same thing. Newly appointed coach for Hornsby, Tristan Jones, is gradually stamping his style of play on the team and they should benefit from this in the weeks to come. Because the competition is really tightening up, every match is so important so both teams will be competing hard for that vital victory on Saturday.
The Razorbacks will host Kariong at Ourimbah Rugby Park in another clash which will also be another great match next weekend. These two teams have been in great early season form. The Razorbacks have lost their last two games so they will be most keen to get back into the winning circle. They will be pleased to be home at Ourimbah as their two trips away recently have not been successful. With several players out injured, the Razorbacks will be hoping their player depth will come to the fore. Kariong are coming off the bye so will be most keen to get back onto the paddock. They should be freshened up and most keen to get a win. Their last outing saw them draw against Hornsby but it will be a win they will be seeking on Saturday. This is another very close match and the result could go either way.
Woy Woy will return from the bye next Saturday when they host Avoca Beach at Woy Woy Oval. This match will be closer than many people expect. Avoca Beach will be favoured to win this clash based on what has happened over the last few weeks. Avoca Beach is coming off a hard fought loss to Terrigal and will be keen to get back into their winning ways. However Woy Woy will be freshened up and ready to go. Woy Woy have played their last two matches away for a win and a loss but being back at home they will be much stronger and ready to perform. Woy Woy’s only home game so far this year was in Round 1 so they will be keen get back home. Both teams play an attacking open style of rugby so this could prove a high scoring match and one that may go right down to the wire.
The Bay will travel to Slade Park this Saturday to play The Lakes in the President’s Cup clash. This should prove a close tussle and The Bay will be hoping to get their first win of the season.
Warnervale and The Lakes have byes in Premier 1 and 2 this Saturday.
Saturday also sees the continuance 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. The Razorbacks will play Kariong, Terrigal will meet Hornsby, and Avoca Beach travel to Woy Woy Oval to meet Gosford/Woy Woy. All matches should prove close and hard fought.
CCRU Preview Round 5
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SATURDAY, 8th MAY, 2021
The Swietelsky Premier 1 season continues next Saturday with some interesting clashes. The competition itself is proving quite even with recent matches showing that there will be several upsets in coming weeks.
The Match of the Day is the seaside derby at Heazlett Park between Avoca Beach and Terrigal. This will be a classic encounter. Both teams have won their recent matches but Terrigal are coming off a fortnight of byes and it will be interesting to see how they have come out of that. Until the byes, Terrigal had recorded two very pleasing victories which should hold them in good stead. Terrigal will definitely be freshened up with the break and will be fully prepared for this clash. Avoca Beach are coming off a great result last weekend. They recorded a morale boosting victory over the Razorbacks and this win certainly placed Avoca Beach as one of the numerous Premiership threats in this year’s competition. It all makes for a wonderful game of rugby in Saturday. These two teams always have an intense rivalry but the recent form of both these two teams will make this battle all the more hectic. The match should attract a huge crowd on Saturday and the result will tell us much about the prospects of both teams for the remainder of the 2021 season. It is very difficult to choose aa winner in this clash with both displaying good recent form. Avoca Beach are playing well and are at home but the experience of Terrigal may see them sneak home.
Hornsby will host the Razorbacks at Mark Taylor Oval in another clash which will also be another great match next Saturday. These two teams had a draw and a loss respectively last week so will be desperate to quickly get back onto the winning track. Both teams played quite well last Saturday but just did not get the win. They will be hoping to go one step further in this particular battle. Both teams were Finalists last year and both will be most keen to reach the Finals again this year. This game will be an indicator on whether these two teams are going to get there. The Razorbacks are certainly a Premiership threat while Hornsby showed last Saturday that they will be close to the action around Finals time. Hornsby have had a change in coaching staff in recent weeks and newly appointed coach Tristan Jones will have his team fully prepared for this clash on Saturday. Razorbacks would probably be favoured to win this match based on their form before last week, but this match will go right down to the wire.
The Lakes will travel to Woongarrah Oval to play Warnervale in what is another local derby next Saturday, and in what should prove an interesting matchup. This match will be close. The Lakes certainly hit the correct form last weekend when they piled on the points against Woy Woy. Up until then, The Lakes had really struggled with their form but their 2020 form came to the fore in that match. That form would make The Lakes favourites to win this local derby. However, Warnervale know how important this match is in terms of their 2021 season. They know they must get their first win of the season soon and will see this clash as a great chance to do that. Warnervale is at home and this is a real plus for the them but they know they must play well if they are to get the win next Saturday against The Lakes.
The Bay will travel to Kariong Oval this Saturday to play Kariong in the President’s Cup clash. This should prove a close tussle and The Bay will be hoping to get their first win of the season.
Woy Woy and Kariong have byes in Premier 1 and 2 this Saturday.
Saturday also sees the continuance 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. The Razorbacks will play Hornsby, Terrigal will meet Avoca Beach and Warnervale will meet The Lakes. All matches should prove close and hard fought. Terrigal in particular will be most keen to get back on the paddock after a few weeks off but they face a team in Avoca Beach who are in great form.
CCRU Preview Round 4
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SATURDAY, 1st MAY, 2021
The 2021 Central Coast Rugby Union season continues next Saturday with three (3) Swietelsky Premier 1 matches. All three matches rate as ‘Match of the Day’ status as all are equally significant. This will be a great round of rugby. All matches are important for differing reasons.
The clash at Mark Taylor Oval sees two teams who are close neighbours and arch rivals. Kariong travel to meet Hornsby in a match that will tell us much about their prospects this season. Kariong are coming off two successive wins, while Hornsby is coming off the bye. Hornsby however will be primed and ready to go. Hornsby have had a win and loss this season so they will be keen to get quickly back into the winner’s circle. This is Hornsby’s first home game and everything will be fully prepared in their effort to secure their second win of the season. Kariong had a tight win over both Warnervale and Avoca Beach in recent weeks but their form shows they will threaten all comers this year. Kariong have a very solid forward pack and also the backs to take advantage of any good ball supplied to them. Also for the first time in several seasons they have quite good player depth which is the key to success over a lengthy rugby season. Hornsby would have been most disappointed with their loss to Avoca Beach two weeks ago but it is certain things would have talked about and sorted out at training over the past two weeks. It all leads to a great game of rugby on Saturday.
Avoca Beach will host the Razorbacks at Heazlett Park in another clash which will also be a cracker of a match next Saturday. Avoca Beach would have been disappointed with their poor start to the match last weekend against Kariong, and of course their ultimate defeat. They will need to overcome the slow start next Saturday against the Razorbacks if they are to threaten. The Razorbacks played exceptional rugby last Saturday and completely outclassed The Lakes side. The Razorbacks took control right from the start of that match and maintained it throughout the entire 80 minutes. If they play like that at Heazlett Park next weekend, Avoca Beach will find things very difficult. However Avoca Beach have had a win at home already this year and are always so much tougher to overcome when at home. This match will be close and it will take quite awhile before one team cements their supremacy in the match.
Woy Woy will travel to Slade Park on Saturday to take on The Lakes in what should be an interesting matchup. This match will be close. Woy Woy have their second lengthy trip away in two weeks but they proved last week this is no impediment to success. They played very well to defeat Warnervale so that result alone shows they are in good form and are a threat this year. On the other hands, The Lakes would be most disappointed in their loss to the Razorbacks last Saturday. The Lakes have had two losses in a row now and they fully realise they must get their first win very soon. But this match will not be an easy to do that. The Lakes are traditionally quite strong at home and they will need to be on Saturday when they take on Woy Woy. On paper one would think The Lakes would sneak home in this one because of the home ground advantage and their record last year, but they are up against a team who have made a huge resurgence this year.
The Bay will play Terrigal White under lights on Friday night in the President’s Cup clash. The match will at Joseph Banks Oval. Terrigal White will go into this match as favourites but The Bay are looking for their first win of the season and will be ready to go. It is the start of a big weekend for the Terrigal White team, who double on Saturday when they play club rivals Terrigal Blue.
Warnervale and Terrigal have byes in Premier 1 and 2 this Saturday.
Saturday also sees the continuance 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. The Razorbacks will play Avoca Beach, Kariong will travel to Hornsby, and Gosford/Woy Woy will meet The Lakes. All matches should prove close and hard fought. Gosford/ Woy Woy have proved a surprise packet this year and remain undefeated, while Hornsby will be desperate for their first win of the season.