RUGBY PREVIEW Round 15

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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 27th JULY, 2019
ROUND 15

The Match of the Day is at the Gosford Showground when Gosford will host Avoca Beach. This is an important clash leading in to the last four rounds of the competition. Gosford still have hopes of getting into second spot on the ladder while Avoca Beach know they are in a struggle to hang onto their fourth spot. Gosford played some pleasing rugby last week in their loss to Terrigal but will be keen to get back into the winner’s circle. They will be keen to finish the season proper on a high and to go into the Finals with confidence. These two teams always put on an intense struggle and Saturday will be no different. Gosford coach Adam Beavis will be keen to improve on last week and will work hard at training this week to rectify any issues they had in the loss to Terrigal. Avoca Beach coach Justin Staben will do the same. He will fully realise how important this clash is and will have his team fully revved up for this fixture. The match should prove a high scoring one with both teams keen to throw the ball around but it will the defence on the day that will be the key. Gosford will rely heavily on their experienced players such as Adam Carlisle, Josh McGlynn, and Mitch Cornwell to lead from the front. Avoca Beach have a quite young team but it will be players like Mitch Jacob, Matt Anderson, Shaun Townsend and Fion Henderson-Foley who will have to lay the foundation for their team. This will be a good game of rugby which should prove close throughout.

Kariong travel to Slade Park on Saturday to meet The Lakes in another important clash. The Lakes know they must win to have any chance to get back into the Top Four. They know they cannot really afford to lose any match from now on and this clash is a must win match for them. Kariong, on the other hand, although they probably cannot make the Top Four this year, can certainly cause some problems for all their oppositions in the final four rounds and in a match such as this. The Lakes are at home which is a real advantage but this game will be close. Kariong are coming off a win so they did show good form last week and do have the team to trouble The Lakes. This will prove a tense and most interesting game of rugby on Saturday. The respective coaches, Kariong’s Scott Hanley and The Lake’s Andrew Long will have their charges fired up for this particularly important clash.

Ourimbah will be at home against Warnervale at Ourimbah Rugby Park this weekend. Ourimbah are coming off the bye so they will be ready to go. Warnervale will also be prepared. They defeated Woy Woy last week so it was good for them to get their confidence back after a big loss to Terrigal two weeks ago. Ourimbah will go into the match as favourites, They are still undefeated this season, they have been winning all their matches reasonably easily, and they are at home. So everything is in their favour. But Warnervale has proved this season that on their day they can play very good rugby and get those wins. They proved this against several teams this year. Warnervale have nothing to lose so they will go all out to cause an upset this coming Saturday at Ourimbah.

Terrigal will return home this Saturday when they meet Woy Woy at The Haven Oval. Terrigal will be clear favourites in this match. They are playing some very good rugby of late. In the last two weeks they have outclassed both Warnervale and Gosford and are in some of their best form of the season. On the other hand Woy Woy have only had the one win this season. However there is a long history between these two clubs and Woy Woy definitely have the ability to lift for matches like this. Woy Woy will have to play out the full 80 minutes if they are to be any chance. It has been a frustrating season for their Coach Luke Ingold because he has seen his team play some good matches but these are too often interspersed with disappointing performances. Terrigal Coach Murray Cox has his team running smoothly at present and there is no reason why that should not continue that this coming Saturday at The Haven.

The Entrance President’s Cup team travels to Mark Taylor Oval this Saturday to take on Hornsby.

The women’s competition has produced some great rugby in recent weeks. There are some good matchups this coming Saturday with the games between The Lakes and Kariong appearing to be very even matches, while prospective Finalists, Terrigal and Woy Woy, will do battle in an important clash.

RUGBY PREVIEW Round 14

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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 20th JULY, 2019
ROUND 14

The round of matches this Saturday are so crucial in the overall situation of the competition in terms of this year’s Finals Series. There are two matches in particular that will tell us a lot about the makeup of the semi-final series in 6 weeks time. The final five rounds are all totally important but two matches this weekend are of particular note.

The Match of the Day is at Gosford Showground when Gosford take on visitors Terrigal. These two teams are placed second and third on the competition ladder so a win to either team on Saturday will see them take second spot. It is such a crucial encounter. Both teams have been playing very good rugby of late and both will be confident of victory. Gosford have the home ground advantage but currently it is Terrigal who are in second spot on the ladder so will more than likely go into this clash as very slight favourites. Terrigal were magnificent last week when they piled on the points against Warnervale and if they put that type of form on display again they will be very difficult to overcome. This should be a very intense, close and exciting game of rugby on Saturday and should attract a big crowd. The match also features the wonderful milestone for Gosford player Adam Carlisle who will run out for his 300th Premier 1 match – a magnificent effort for a player who has done this with the one club. This fact alone will lift the hopes of the Gosford team and will already add to his team’s already home ground advantage. This all makes for a great game of rugby on Saturday.

The match at Heazlett Park on Saturday between Avoca Beach and The Lakes is equally significant. If anything, for these two teams, it is more than significant. These two teams are only separated by the single point in the race for fourth spot on the competition ladder. One of these two teams will finish the season in fourth spot and one will miss out on the Finals so this clash at Heazlett Park is so important. Currently Avoca Beach is in fourth position. There is nothing between these two sides. Both are playing good rugby of late and have gained some very important wins in recent weeks. Avoca Beach had a good win over Hornsby last Saturday while The Lakes in their last clash had a really good win over Woy Woy. The Lakes are coming off the bye so will be freshened up for this game but they do meet Avoca Beach at home and Avoca Beach are always very difficult to defeat at Heazlett Park. The result of this match will be sought with huge interest.

Kariong are at home to Hornsby at Kariong Oval in the local derby. This match will also be very close. Both teams are coming off a loss last week so both will be most keen to get a victory in this particular game. Both teams have had some ups and downs this season but both teams can play match winning rugby. It is most difficult to choose a winner in this clash and the result will not be known until the final moments of this clash on Saturday. Probably Finals’ chances for both two teams has gone but both would like to finish the season on a high and would very much like to win more matches than they lose over the next five weeks. They would like to start that winning streak on Saturday. This should prove a high scoring match and should prove a spectacular one for the crowd on hand.

Warnervale travel to Woy Woy Oval this Saturday to take on home team Woy Woy. Both these teams suffered big losses last week - Woy Woy at the hands of Ourimbah and Warnervale at the hands of Terrigal. Both teams will want to quickly get over those results and both teams will see this Saturday’s clash as a great chance to get quickly back onto the winner’s dais. There is absolutely nothing between these two teams. Woy Woy are at home which is a huge advantage but the result will simply come down to the team who is the more committed on the day.

The Entrance President’s Cup team are at home to Ourimbah this Saturday. There is a lot of history between these two clubs and both teams will be most keen to defeat the other on Saturday.

The women’s competition has produced some great rugby in recent weeks. Avoca Beach and Woy Woy would be favoured to win their respective matches, while the clash at Kariong Oval between the Kariong women and Hornsby will be the most interesting.

RUGBY PREVIEW Round 13

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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
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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
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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.