RUGBY PREVIEW Round 18

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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 17th AUGUST, 2019
ROUND 18

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The final round in the Central Coast Rugby Union 2019 competition sees several enthralling games of rugby. Even though the Top Four in Premier 1 is settled, as well as the playing order, there are several games of interest leading into the Finals. Interestingly, the Premier 1 semi-finalists – Terrigal, Ourimbah, Gosford and The Lakes – all play each other in matches this weekend in clashes that may have a consequence for future battles in the Finals Series.

The Match of the Day this Saturday is the clash between Gosford and Ourimbah at Gosford Showground. There are quite a few unknowns about this match. Both teams have been hit with significant injuries so both coaches may rest players on Saturday to get them ready for the Finals. Whatever happens in this match results wise, nothing will change in terms of the matchups during the Finals. Ourimbah will be keen to get a win however so that they may regain the lead in the Minor Premiership which is still up for grabs this weekend. So Ourimbah do have something to play for after losing their undefeated tag last Saturday against Terrigal. Gosford are coming off the bye and will be freshened up and they are also at home which is a distinct advantage. Ourimbah won their first round clash so will be keen to do that again. Ourimbah will go into the match as favourites but anything could happen in this fixture. Ourimbah, having lost their first game of the season last Saturday, will be most keen to quickly get back on track. It all makes for an interesting game of rugby on Saturday – both teams will be keen to go into the Final Series with a win to further increase their confidence.

The other two teams in the Finals, Terrigal and The Lakes, will meet in another exciting clash at Slade Park. Terrigal showed that they are in very good form at present when they defeated Ourimbah last Saturday so they will go into this clash as favourites. However, travelling to Slade Park will not be easy for Terrigal. The Lakes showed they are also in pleasing form when they quite easily accounted for Warnervale last weekend in what was a do or die clash. The Lakes have nothing to lose on Saturday. They are in the Finals so their coaching staff will try various options to get the team fully prepared for their Minor Semi-final clash with Gosford the following Saturday. Terrigal have a lot to play for. They are still in a fight with Ourimbah for the Minor Premiership so both teams will be seeking a four try bonus win in their respective matches this Saturday. Gosford and The Lakes obviously will be trying to prevent that. This match is first versus fourth so it should be tight, with both sides wishing to go into the Finals with a win under their belts.

Woy Woy are at home at Woy Woy Oval on Saturday to Kariong in what is essentially another local derby for this season. Woy Woy clocked up their second win of the season last Saturday so will be keen to continue that form this coming Saturday. They also accounted for Kariong in the first round which was their only victory for much of this season. Kariong will also be very keen to finish the season on a high. They were defeated by Avoca Beach last week in a close one so will want to reverse that this weekend. Neither team have no pressure on them except to finish the season on a high so this should prove a high scoring match.

Hornsby travel to Woongarrah Oval to meet home team Warnervale this Saturday. However this venue is almost a home ground for Hornsby as they have had several washed out matches at this location during the year. Both teams are coming off quite sizeable losses last weekend so will be most anxious to reverse that on Saturday. This should prove a very close encounter for the entire 80 minutes. Like the game described above, neither team has anything to lose so there should be plenty of action on the paddock for the full 80 minutes with both teams prepared to throw the ball around.

The Entrance President’s Cup team meets Avoca Beach at Joseph Banks Oval on Saturday in a match which is always a hard fought clash between these two teams.

The women’s competition has produced some great rugby in recent weeks. The matches this Saturday will decide the Finalists for this year’s women’s competition.

RUGBY PREVIEW Round 17

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SATURDAY, 10th AUGUST, 2019
ROUND 17

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The penultimate round of matches next Saturday will go close to settling the final makeup of the semi-finalists for this year. The round has an exciting array of matches with the highlight match being the clash between the first and second placed teams in the competition, Ourimbah and Terrigal.

The Match of the Day at The Haven Oval is the top of the table clash between Terrigal and Ourimbah. These two teams have dominated the competition all this year and most pundits would agree that they are the most likely teams to go onto this season’s Grand Final. Whatever happens on Saturday, these two teams know they will play in the Major Semi-final at the start of the Finals, but the Minor Premiership for the season is still up for grabs with two rounds to go. The main purpose for both these two team will be to get the right combinations and to maintain form heading to the Finals. Obviously the winner of this clash will get bragging rights going into the Finals so the result is very important in terms of securing and maintaining confidence for the later matches in the season. These two teams will meet on several occasions from this weekend on and so both teams will be trying to gain some ascendancy over the other in the lead up to these important clashes to come. This is a real toss of the coin match. Ourimbah are leading the competition and are undefeated at present. Terrigal are just the one win behind them but they are at home on Saturday. It all makes for a close and an exciting game of rugby. As an addition, the Challenge Shield is another challenge that both teams will contest for this Saturday. This match will be close throughout and the contest will go right down to the wire. This is probably the match of the season so far and should attract a huge crowd at Terrigal on Saturday.

In terms of the makeup of the Top Four this season, the clash between The Lakes and Warnervale at Slade Park on Saturday is probably even more important than the game described above in that a Finals spot is possibly up for grabs. These two teams are in a desperate struggle for fourth spot. Both teams know that a semi-final chance is on offer if they can get a win. Warnervale are just the one win behind The Lakes so they must win. If The Lakes win they are all but assured of fourth spot on the competition ladder. It is such an important clash. Not only is the game the traditional local derby there is also so much more to be played for. The Lakes are at home which is an advantage for them but they probably have not had the success they had hoped for at home this season. These two teams played out a draw in their clash in the first round so there is very little between them. Both teams had good wins last Saturday – Warnervale defeated third placed Gosford while The Lakes came from behind to defeat Hornsby. This contest will be enthralling and there will be many nervous people at Slade Park this coming Saturday.

The match at Kariong Oval on Saturday between home side Kariong and visitors Avoca Beach is also very significant. This is Avoca Beach’s last chance in their quest to make the Finals Series. If they can win this match they can still make the Top Four. Both teams were defeated quite easily last Saturday so will be very keen to get back quickly into the winner’s circle. Avoca Beach know they have the bye in the final round so must win this match if they are to have any chance of reaching the Finals. Kariong are at home for the last time this season so will be keen to finish the season on a high in this match. This will be a tight contest and could go either way.

Hornsby travel to Woy Woy Oval on Saturday to take on home team Woy Woy. These two teams have had very up and down seasons so both teams will be trying to finish their respective seasons on a high. They will be keen to perform well both in this match and in the final one in the last round. Woy Woy are coming off the bye so much soul searching would have occurred after their big loss to Terrigal the previous Saturday. Hornsby only played out 40 minutes in their clash with The Lakes last Saturday so will be most keen to extend that to the full 80 minutes this weekend.

The Entrance President’s Cup team will travel to Gosford Showground this Saturday to take on Gosford in what should prove an exciting clash.

The women’s competition has produced some great rugby in recent weeks. All the eight women's teams this Saturday will take to the field in what is a most interesting round of women’s 7’s rugby in the race to the Finals.

RUGBY PREVIEW Round 16

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PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 3rd AUGUST, 2019
ROUND 16

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All matches this weekend in Round 16 are very significant for various reasons. Most will have an effect on the makeup on the Final Four this year. Although the top positions on the competition ladder are set, all teams bar perhaps Hornsby and Woy Woy still have a chance to make the Finals this year.

The Match of the Day will see the seaside derby at Heazlett Park between Avoca Beach and Terrigal. This almost a do or die clash for Avoca Beach. They would realise that a win is so necessary if they are to have a chance to make the Finals this year. The clash between these two teams is always a highlight match of the year and both teams will spend this week in a committed build up to this contest. The contest itself is wonderful event with usually a large crowd on deck. However this year, because of the Finals situation, the game holds even more interest. Terrigal will go into the match as favourites. They are playing some outstanding rugby of late, they are positioned in second spot on the ladder and their wins in recent weeks have been most decisive. Avoca Beach have also played well in recent weeks despite the fact they have suffered a loss and a draw over the last two weeks. Avoca Beach are at home in this clash so that is a huge plus for them. The match itself will bring the very best out of both teams so they should put on a great display of rugby on Saturday. Both teams will be fully prepared for this exciting clash.

Kariong will return home this Saturday to host Ourimbah at Kariong Oval. Kariong had a great win last Saturday against The Lakes and that win still gives them a chance to reach the Finals. Of course they will have to keep winning. They will go into this clash with renewed confidence because of the form they showed last week and the fact they are at home. However they do meet Ourimbah. Ourimbah remain undefeated this season and are setting the pace in the competition. They went so close to suffering their first loss last week against Warnervale and that shock will have them fully back on target this weekend. Ourimbah will go into this clash as favourites but they will realise that Kariong played well last week and do have a team that can cause major problems for them. They also know this match maybe Kariong’s last chance to possibly secure a Finals position this year.

Warnervale also return home this Saturday and will meet Gosford at Woongarah Oval. Warnervale are in exactly the same position as Kariong. They know they must keep winning if they are any chance of making the Finals. It is a small chance but it is a possibility. They meet Gosford who are in good form and who had a very pleasing win over Avoca Beach last Saturday. The match will be close. Warnervale displayed great form last Saturday when they were unlucky to lose to competition frontrunners Ourimbah. They are also at home so everything is in their favour to cause a possible minor upset. Gosford know they are assured of a Finals spot but know they must keep winning if they are to maintain their confidence in the run to the Finals. This contest will prove a hard fought and most interesting clash.

Hornsby are at home to The Lakes at Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday. Hornsby are coming off the bye so they will be freshened up and ready to. They have displayed some great form this year and probably should have won more matches than they actually have. The Lakes know they must win this match. They would have been so disappointed to lose to Kariong last Saturday. They did let a good chance go by to cement their current position. The Lakes are currently in fourth position on the ladder on percentages but they also know they are in the fight of their lives to hold onto that position. This will be an intense match for the entire 80 minutes on Saturday.

The Entrance President’s Cup team will host Woy Woy this Saturday at Joseph Banks Oval in what should prove an exciting clash.

The women’s competition has produced some great rugby in recent weeks. The Match of the Day in women’s rugby this Saturday will be the highlight clash between the two leading teams at present – Terrigal and Avoca Beach. All matches are important leading to the Finals but this matchup will be a highlight.

RUGBY PREVIEW Round 15

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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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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.