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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 1st MAY, 2021
ROUND 4

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.

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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 24th APRIL, 2021
ROUND 3

The 2021 Central Coast Rugby Union season continues next Saturday with some great matches. The round sees three (3) Swietelsky Premier 1 matches. There are a couple of matches that could rate as ‘Match of the Day’ status so this should be a great round of rugby.

The Match of the Day in Round 3 will be the clash at Ourimbah Rugby Park between the Razorbacks and The Lakes. These two teams were not successful last week but were Finalists last year and went late into the Finals Series. The game on Saturday will be a beauty. The Razorbacks were “not successful” last week only because they had the bye so they will be most keen to get back on the paddock after the break. The Razorbacks were most impressive in their first hit out against Woy Woy but they will find this tussle a far tighter concern. The Razorbacks have good players all over the field and there is no real obvious weakness in their team structure. Their forward pack is strong from 1 to No.8 while they have the backs to take advantage of all the good ball that is provided to them. Matt Hopkins will have his team fired up and ready to go. The Lakes were defeated by Terrigal last week but were missing several players. The Lakes will be much better for that run as it was their first real hit out of the year. The Lakes know they must get those early season wins so there is no catch up situation at the rear of the season. This match will be a beauty and will go right down to the wire.

Avoca Beach will travel to Kariong Oval to take on home side Kariong. Both teams were most impressive last week and both recorded very pleasing victories. There is absolutely nothing between these two teams and, like the match described above, the result will not be determined until very close to the 80th minute of proceedings. Avoca Beach showed last week they have the experience and the youth throughout the team to form great combinations. They would have been most pleased to get the win last Saturday especially against Hornsby who were most impressive the week before. Kariong were good against Warnervale in their win but they must play for the entire 80 minutes, Last Saturday they lead quiet handsomely in the clash against Warnervale but did allow Warnervale back into the match. This was due to some excellent Warnervale play but also a drop in effort by the home side.

Woy Woy will travel to Woongarrah Oval to take on Warnervale in what should be an interesting matchup. Both teams have lost all their matches so far this year so both teams will be most keen to get their first win of the season in this clash. Both clubs know you must get these wins early on in the season so this is a great opportunity to do so. Both teams are so evenly matched and it should prove that way next Saturday. Both teams put in sterling performances in all the clashes so far this season and both teams have proved tough, determined and committed. Warnervale are at home which is a plus for them but Woy Woy have the players to trouble the home side.

N.B. This match was originally set down for Woy Woy Oval but the matches between these two teams have been reversed. The match on Saturday is at Woongarrah Oval.

The Bay will travel to Terrigal to meet in the President’s Cup clash at The Haven Oval. Terrigal 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.

Hornsby has a bye this Saturday.

Saturday also sees the countenance 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. Ourimbah will play The Lakes, Kariong will host Avoca Beach, and Woy Woy/Gosford will meet Warnervale. All matches should prove close and hard fought.

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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 17th APRIL, 2021
ROUND 2

CCRU

The 2021 Central Coast Rugby Union season continues next Saturday with some great matches. The round sees three (3) Swietelsky Premier 1 matches.
Another feature of this year will be the company SWIETELSKY coming on board as a major sponsor of Central Coast Rugby Union. The Premier 1 competition will be known as the Swietelsky Premier 1 competition.

The Match of the Day in Round 1will be the clash at Slade Park between last year’s Grand Finalists - The Lakes and Terrigal. This match is very difficult one in which decide which team will come out the victor. There are quite a few unknowns. Mainly, The Lakes are yet to take the paddock this year so it is difficult to determine just where they are at. The team has been playing a series of 7’s tournaments but 15-a-side rugby is a totally different affair. Also, their trial matches were upset by the recent wet weather so The Lakes do come into this match a little unprepared. Terrigal, on the other hand, have had some trial matches, they played in a tough encounter last Saturday against Kariong, and are generally playing effective rugby. So, for the above reasons one would think Terrigal would go into this fixture as slight favourites. However, The Lakes are at home and are always a very tough proposition at Slade Park. The last time these two teams played, in the 2020 Grand Final, there was absolutely nothing between them. The Lakes will be keen for some sort of revenge in this match but it will be a tough ask. The Lakes coach Marshall Hemopo will have the home side fully prepared for this clash.

Avoca Beach will host Hornsby at Heazlett Park. This will commence Avoca Beach’s season as they had the bye in Round 1. On the other hand, Hornsby showed their great form when they accounted for Warnervale last Saturday. Hornsby played strong, committed rugby and they showed they are a great chance of reaching the Finals again this year. Justin Staben is back at the helm for Avoca Beach and he will most keen to open his team’s season on the right foot. The home ground advantage for Avoca Beach will be a great asset in their favour but they know they will facing a team in good form and already with a competition match under their belts.

Warnervale will travel to Kariong Oval to take on Kariong in what should be an interesting matchup. Both teams lost their first round encounters so both teams will be most keen to get their first win of the season in this clash. Both clubs know you must get these wins early on in the season so this is a great opportunity to do so. Both teams are so evenly matched and it should prove that way next Saturday. Both teams, even though they lost last Saturday, put in sterling performances and both teams proved tough, determined and committed. Kariong are at home which is a plus for them but it is not far along the M1 for the Warnervale outfit. Kariong will be making this a special day Saturday in honour of rugby stalwart Bruce Clarke who passed away recently.

The Razorbacks, Woy Woy and The Bay Rugby Clubs (Pres. Cup) have a bye this Saturday.

Saturday also sees the countenance 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. Terrigal and Warnervale would be favoured to win their respective matches, while the Avoca Beach v. Hornsby clash will go right down to the wire.

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