CCRU Round 4 Results

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CCRU

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, 4th MAY, 2019
ROUND 4

PREMIER 1
Ourimbah 39 Trent Harrison, Brett Cunningham, Jack Sheean, Craig Thomas, Josh Holman, Jarrod Grange tries;
Jarrod Grange 3 conversions, 1 penalty goal
defeated
Avoca Beach 15 Mitchell Jacob 5 penalty goals

Kariong 38 Phil Brown 2, James Keene, Justin Walker, Jake Hubbard, Salesi Manakafoa tries;
Scott Hanley 1 conversion;
Lachlan Peruch 2 penalty goals
defeated
Warnervale 25 Atunisia Turagabeci, Ben Butler, Jacob Griffin tries;
Cameron McNamara 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals

Gosford 46 Pepani Nabuliwaqa 2, Michael Jones 2, Jed Palmer 2, Jordan Franklin, Adam Carlisle tries;
Damien Montgomery 3 conversions
defeated
Hornsby 32 Leone Naisaorotaboa, Ivan Satu, Andrew Taylor, Nathan Webb tries;
Sam White 3 conversions, 2 penalty goals

The Lakes 40 Macui Raulini 2, Blake Dinham, Eddie Vuniwawa, Peni Raulini, Jerry Tikolemaipanoni tries;
Logan Hemopo 5 conversions
defeated
Woy Woy 31 Veipuleki Siale 3, Matt Graham, Jack Dewar tries;
Damon Boxsell 3 conversions

POINTS TABLE
Ourimbah 20
Gosford 18
Terrigal 14
Avoca Beach 12
The Lakes 8
Kariong 5
Warnervale 2
Hornsby 1
Woy Woy 1

PREMIER 2
Ourimbah 38 Avoca Beach 7
Kariong 48 Warnervale 14
The Lakes 24 Woy Woy 7
Gosford 24 Hornsby 20

PRESIDENTS CUP
Ourimbah 35 Avoca Beach 7
Kariong 20 Warnervale 0
The Lakes 68 Woy Woy 12
Terrigal 13 The Entrance 3

COLTS
Kariong 26 Terrigal 15
Avoca Beach 21 Gosford 0

WOMEN
Warnervale 24 Kariong 7
Warnervale 22 Kariong 0
Woy Woy 20 The Lakes 10
Woy Woy 24 The Lakes 12
Avoca Beach 39 Ourimbah 14
Avoca Beach 21 Ourimbah 0

REPORT :

The Central Coast Rugby Union competition on Saturday saw some of the most entertaining games of the season. All were high scoring clashes and most were evenly fought until the latter stages of each match.

The Match of the Day saw Ourimbah defeat Avoca Beach by 38 points to 15 at Ourimbah Rugby Park, The first half was a quite even struggle and neither team really did take control of the proceedings. Ourimbah led by only 20 points to 15 at the halftime break so the result was still very much up for grabs at that early stage. However Ourimbah did lead and were able to continue on for the victory in the second half. Ourimbah did score a total of 6 tries in the match in what in the end proved a quite convincing win. Avoca Beach were unable to cross for a try but were held up over the line on numerous occasions. They were kept in the match by some excellent goal kicking by Mitch Jacob. Best for Avoca Beach were Mitch Jacob, Fion Henderson-Foley, Liam Donsworth and Matt Kiddle. A feature of the Avoca Beach performance were the large number of junior players who are continuing to make their appearance in the top grade. It augurs well for the future. Ourimbah continued on their winning ways and are definitely stamping their authority on this competition. They have won 4 matches on the trot and all have been quite convincing. They are scoring tries and their opposition teams are finding it most difficult to defend against their pattern of play. Their best players were half back Josh Holman, who scored a try, prop Jordan Clark, and Jarrod Grange who posted a personal tally of 14 points. Ourimbah cemented their position at the top of the ladder while Avoca Beach maintained fourth spot despite the loss.

The match at Budgewoi was probably the most entertaining and exciting clash of the season so far. The Lakes scored late to secure a 40 points to 31 victory over Woy Woy at Slade Park. In a match which was played with plenty of action, also hard fought and in great spirit, the lead in this match changed 6 times throughout the 80 minutes. The scoring started early. The Lakes crossed for a well worked try in the opening 5 minutes and this 5 points to nil lead remained the status quo for the first 20 minutes. That first quarter of the match saw some free flowing rugby with both teams taking their respective attacks from one end of the field to the other. The Woy Woy set piece was strong and was a feature of the match, while The Lakes’ outside backs were always dangerous with the ball in hand. At the 21st minute Woy Woy scored their first try in the match with a great forwards try to flanker Veipuleki Siale. Siale was outstanding in this match. He was strong and always dangerous, and his efforts resulted in him crossing for 3 tries. Woy Woy, soon after, scored their second try, and at the 24th minute had taken the lead in the clash by 12 points to 5. From this point on it was a try fest. The two teams basically went try for try for the remainder of the match. In the remaining 15 minutes of the half The Lakes were able to cross for 2 converted tries to Woy Woy’s single try. At the halftime break The Lakes had jumped to a narrow lead of 19 points to 17. There were some wonderful efforts in this match by numerous players. Woy Woy five-eight Wade Hannell was outstanding and had a great game directing his backline. He was very well supported by flanker Veipuleki Siale, half back Damon Boxsell, centre (and lineout jumper) Kane Burns, prop Luke Ingold and lock Jack Dewar. Best for The Lakes were fullback Macui Raulini, No.8 Peni Raulini, Blake Dinham and Eddie Vuniwawa. Woy Woy regained the lead again very early in the second half with a great try, but soon after it was The Lakes’ turn to take the lead. It was like this for next 40 minutes. The first two tries, one each from either team, were posted in the first 6 minutes of the start of the second half. With under 15 minutes to go Woy Woy led by 31 points to 26 but even at that stage the crowd knew that the result was far from settled. The Lakes scored with time running out to lead 33 points to 31 and this score line remained the score until right on fulltime when the home team crossed for their final try to confirm the win. This was a great game of rugby played by two committed teams and in actual fact neither team deserved to lose. However it was The Lakes that got the victory and they get their first win of the season.

Kariong also posted their first win of the season when they defeated Warnervale at Kariong Oval by 38 points to 15. This clash was much closer than these scores indicate. The scores were locked at 15 points apiece at the half time break, so like most matches on the day, both teams knew they had realistic chance of gaining the victory in the second half. However it was Kariong who outlasted Warnervale and were able to outscore the visitors by 23 points to 10 in the second stanza. In fact it was only during the final 20 minutes that Kariong were able to secure the win when they crossed for several late tries. It was a pleasing win for the home side, being their first, and keeps them in touch with the leading teams. Warnervale played well. They gave it their all and for 65 minutes in the match they were very much in it. Best players for Warnervale were Brenton Acreman, Richie Houston and Cameron McNamara. Jacob Griffin and Ben Butler also put in good performances, and both were rewarded with a try each. Both these teams will push all other teams this year. Best for the home side were Jackson Beresford, Phil Brown, who scored for 2 tries, Soine Taito and Salesi Manakafoa. Kariong, as stated above, were pleased with their effort and their first win, while Warnervale put last week’s disappointing result aside with a very good performance yesterday.

Gosford won their fourth match in a row when they accounted for Hornsby at Mark Taylor Oval by 46 points to 32. It was a high scoring match, and like the match above, it was not until the final 20 minutes that the result was finally determined. Gosford did score 8 tries to 4 and that may have been an indication of the flow of the match but both teams knew they were very much in the match until late in the clash. Gosford led at halftime by 17 points to 13 after a hard fought first half but weer able to go on to outscore Hornsby by 29 points to 19 in the second half. Best for Gosford were Michael Jones, Adam Carlisle, while flanker Lepani Nabuliwaqa continued his great form for the club. Hornsby were best served by Sam White, Nathan Webb and Andrew Taylor. Hornsby would have been pleased to be home and their form has continued to get stronger and stronger as the season has progressed. Gosford, with the win, jump into second spot on the ladder, and their big clash with Terrigal next Saturday will be a highlight of the season so far.

In the President’s Cup, Terrigal played pleasing rugby to defeat The Entrance by 13 points to 3 at Joseph Banks Oval. There was nothing in this clash from start to finish. Terrigal led by 10 points to 3 at the halftime break and were only able to post a further single penalty goal in the second half to secure the win.

Women’s 7’s rugby saw last year’s Grand Finalists, Avoca Beach and Woy Woy, secure very good wins yesterday, while Warnervale turned their season around with good efforts against Kariong.

CCRU Round 3 Results

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CCRU

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, 27th APRIL, 2019
ROUND 3

PREMIER 1
Gosford 30
Alec Corcoran, Sam Underwood, Pepani Nabuliwaq tries;
Damien Montgomery 3 conversions, 3 penalty goals
defeated
Kariong 6
Scott Hanley 2 penalty goals

Avoca Beach 24
Mitch Jacob, Ben Francis, Jordan Davies, Daniel Aguirre-Acevedo tries;
Mitchell Jacob 2 conversions
defeated
Hornsby 10
Leone Naisaorotaboa try;
Sam White 1 conversion, 1 penalty goal

Ourimbah 50
Jack Stonestreet 3, Brenton Law, Trent Harrison, Ulisese Esene tries;
Tyrone Davies 7 conversions, 2 penalty goals
defeated
Woy Woy 12
Joseva Kunawave, Lulu Fihaki tries;
Damon Boxsell 1 conversion

Terrigal 60
Jim Storey 2, Dan Sargeant 2, Josh Vainikolo, Ethan McInnes, Elekana Laupola. Sekope Maea, Vaughan Kernan, Dylon Calabria tries;
Jayden Woolley 3 conversion;
Aaron Tait 2 conversions
defeated
Warnervale 0

POINTS TABLE
Ourimbah 15
Terrigal 14
Gosford 13
Avoca Beach 12
The Lakes 3
Warnervale 2
Hornsby 0
Woy Woy 0
Kariong 0

PREMIER 2
Kariong 39 Gosford 14
Avoca Beach 34 Hornsby 5
Ourimbah 26 Woy Woy 15
Terrigal 81 Warnervale 0

PRESIDENTS CUP
Gosford 26 Kariong 21
Ourimbah 47 Woy Woy 0
Terrigal 20 Warnervale 0
The Lakes 7 The Entrance 0

COLTS
Kariong 71 Gosford 12
Terrigal 26 Avoca Beach 22

WOMEN
Terrigal 20 Warnervale 0
Terrigal 20 Warnervale 0
Woy Woy 20 Ourimbah 0
Woy Woy 20 Ourimbah 0
Avoca Beach 10 Hornsby 7
Avoca Beach 33 Hornsby 5

REPORT :

The 2019 Central Coast Rugby season resumed after the Easter break with some interesting results. The results have left 4 teams – Ourimbah, Terrigal, Gosford and Avoca Beach – with a break on the remaining teams but it is still very much early days in the competition.

In the Match of the Round at Gosford Showground, Gosford defeated Kariong by 30 points to 6. Gosford kicked an early penalty goal to their half back Damien Montgomery to take the lead by 3 points to nil after only 3 minutes. It was a good start for Montgomery who was playing his 350th game for the club. At the 12 minute mark Gosford increased their lead after an excellent try. It was an individual effort by their flanker Pepani Nabuliwaq, who beat several players to race 40 metres to score adjacent to the posts. This scoreline of 10 points to nil was a handy lead and one that was maintained for quite awhile. For much of the remainder of the half both teams had periods of attack and also of defence but neither team was able to post any further points until late in the half. This match was fast flowing, with play going from one end of the field to the other yet at the same time the physical contact was not to be denied. There were some very tough individual clashes in the match. In fact at times some individual battles saw the teams forget about the team’s pattern of play, and often chances to score went begging. Both teams kicked a penalty goal each just before the break to make the score 13 points to 3 at the halftime break. The game was still very much up for grabs but Gosford certainly had an advantage on the scoreboard. Both teams had several very good performers on the paddock. Best for Gosford were their flanker Pepani Nabuliwaq, but he was very well supported by fellow flanker Shaun Anzelark, halfback Sam Underwood, hooker Vince Stewart and lock Mitch Cornwell. Best players for Kariong were breakaways Lachlan Peruch and Brent Bovis, and halfback Scott Hanley. A further penalty goal early in the second half to each team saw Gosford maintain their lead into the half by 16 points to 6. However for much of the first 25 minutes of the second half both teams were trying their very best to get a breakthrough but were unable to do so. However sometimes individual battles saw several players receiving yellow cards to disrupt their respective chances of scoring. Gosford were trying to cement the win while Kariong were trying to get back into the match. However the final 10 minutes saw Gosford score two match winning tries. The first was scored from a Kariong miskick and the final one was almost on fulltime. Although Gosford had secured a comfortable victory in the end, the match was much tighter than the score indicated, Gosford have shown they will definitely push for a Finals spot this year after starting the season with 3 meritorious wins.

Ourimbah continued on their winning way when they comfortably defeated Woy Woy by 50 points to 12 at Woy Woy Oval. The first half was a quite even struggle with neither team really taking total control. Ourimbah went to the halftime break leading by only 16 points to 12 so the result was still very much up for grabs at that stage. However the second half saw Ourimbah post a further 34 points with no response from the home team on the scoreboard. Ourimbah scored a try early in the second half and continued their dominance for the remainder of the second stanza. Best players for Ourimbah were back Jack Stonestreet, who crossed for 3 individual tries, fullback Tyrone Davies, who scored an individual total of 20 points, as well as flanker Jarrod Grange. Best for Woy Woy on the day were lock Jack Dewar and halfback Damon Boxswell.

Avoca Beach defeated Hornsby at Heazlett Park by 24 points to 10. However the home team certainly did not have it all their own way. Hornsby actually played the better rugby in the first half and went to the halftime break as deserved leaders by 10 points to 7. It appeared at that stage that an upset was on the cards. However Hornsby could not maintain this control and it was Avoca Beach who soon took the lead and went on to the secure the win. In fact in the second half Avoca Beach were able to outscore Hornsby by 17 points to nil to claim the victory. Hornsby have strengthened over the first three rounds and will continue to grow especially when they get their first matches at home. Best for Avoca Beach were Mitch Jacob, who scored a try and kicked 2 conversions, Fion Henderson-Foley and Matt Anderson. For Hornsby, centre Nate Webb, and Tim Graham-Robinson, never stopped trying. It was an important win for Avoca Beach and despite the nervous first half were able to go on to gain a bonus point victory.

Terrigal proved far too strong for Warnervale The Haven Oval and ran out winners by 60 points to nil. Terrigal were in control right from the start. They led by 38 points to nil at the halftime break and then went on to post a further 22 points in the second half. It was a most complete performance by the Terrigal side. They scored 10 tries to nil in what was a totally dominating performance. Warnervale had no answer on the day. Best for Terrigal were Dan Sargeant, Ethan McInnes, Sekope Maea, Josh Vainikolo and Jim Storey.

In the President’s Cup, The Lakes hung on to defeat The Entrance by 7 points to 0 at Joseph Banks Oval. There was nothing in this clash from start to finish.

Women’s 7’s rugby was dominated on Saturday by a strong performance from last premiers Avoca Beach. They defeated Hornsby in both their matches.

CCRU Round 2 Results

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There are no matches next Saturday 20th April due to the Easter break. Round 3 is on Saturday, 27th April.

CCRU

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, 13th APRIL, 2019
ROUND 2

PREMIER 1
Terrigal 26
Josh Vainikolo 2, Jayden Woolley tries;
Jayden Woolley 1 conversion, 3 penalty goals
defeated
Kariong 10
Sean Peruch, Kyle Saroe tries

Gosford 22
Jackson Steinbeck, Josh McGlynn, Drew Neist tries;
Damien Montgomery 2 conversions, 1 penalty goal
defeated
The Lakes 18
Blake Dinham, Epi Verle, Blake Moroney tries;
Logan Hemopo 1 penalty goal

Avoca Beach 32
Jake McPhee 2, Julian Bacigalupo,
Liam Donsworth;
Mitchell Jacob 3 conversions, 2 penalty goals
defeated
Woy Woy 20
Joseva Kunawave, Edward Kelly, Tyrone Fleming try;
Damon Boxsell 1 conversion, 1 penalty goal

Ourimbah 33
Josefa Biu 2, Daniel Ford, Ross McKean, Kaitua Kantana tries;
Tyrone Davies 4 conversions
defeated
Hornsby 10
Leonie Naisovotaha try;
Sam White 1 conversion, 1 penalty goal

POINTS TABLE
Ourimbah 10
Terrigal 9
Gosford 9
Avoca Beach 7
The Lakes 3
Warnervale 2
Hornsby 0
Woy Woy 0
Kariong 0

PREMIER 2
Terrigal 24 Kariong 17
Gosford 17 The Lakes 15
Woy Woy 20 Avoca Beach 17
Ourimbah 104 Hornsby 0

PRESIDENTS CUP
Terrigal 34 Kariong 7
The Lakes 20 Gosford 0
Woy Woy 36 Avoca Beach 0
Ourimbah 20 Hornsby 0
Warnervale 13 The Entrance 10

COLTS
Terrigal 32 Kariong 19
Gosford 19 Avoca Beach 15

WOMEN
Terrigal 34 Kariong 0
Terrigal 39 Kariong 0
Hornsby 17 Ourimbah 10
Ourimbah 10 Hornsby 10
Avoca Beach 17 Woy Woy 10
Avoca Beach 22 Woy Woy 5

REPORT :

The 2019 Central Coast Rugby season continued with some very exciting matches. All matches were relatively close with the final result still being very much up for grabs at the respective halftime breaks.

In the Match of the Round at Kariong Oval, Terrigal defeated Kariong by 26 points to 10. This match was fast flowing, with play going from one end of the field to the other yet at the same time the physical contact was not to be denied. It was a very good exhibition of rugby. The opening stages of the clash were very even. Both teams had periods of attack followed by some intense defensive work. However neither side was able to make a breakthrough on the scoreboard. Both teams went close to scoring but both were denied by some hard physical defence. Terrigal did open the scoring in the 22nd minute with a penalty goal to fullback Jayden Woolley. This penalty goal was quickly followed by the first try of the match 3 minutes later. This Terrigal try resulted from some sustained forward pressure which saw Josh Vainikolo crash over for the first of his two tries. Suddenly, after a very intense and hard fought opening 20 odd minutes, Terrigal had jumped to a handy 10 points to nil lead. A further penalty right on halftime saw the visitors increase their lead to 13 points to nil. The first half was quite even on the paddock but it was Terrigal who had the advantage on the scoreboard. Terrigal went further ahead after just a few minutes at the start of the second half. They had jumped to a 18 points to nil lead with most of the second half to go. It did seem quite ominous for Kariong at that stage. However the home side did not surrender. Kariong played some very good rugby in that final quarter of the match. They went close to scoring on a couple of occasions, and on occasions turned down some shots at goal. A further try and penalty saw Terrigal all but secure the match when they led by 26 points to nil with about 15 minutes to go. Terrigal has some very good players in the match. Best for them were forward Josh Vainikolo, who scored 2 tries, fullback Jayden Woolley, hooker Ethan McInnes, and flanker Sam Kenny. However it was to prove a very good all round team performance. Kariong were rewarded in the final 10 minutes with two pleasing tries. This made the final score 26-10. Kariong were best served by No.8 Phil Brown, flanker Brent Bovis, and five-eight Mitch Clay. Both teams will take a lot from this match. Terrigal had secured two wins in the first two rounds, while Kariong, in their first hit out of the season, know they will get stronger and more than likely will be a major force this year in the competition.

Gosford also secured their second win of the season when they defeated The Lakes by 22 points to 18 at Woongarrah Oval. Gosford got away to the better start and at the halfway break had cemented a 17 points to 5 lead. This seemed almost enough to get them the win but the second half was to prove a real nail biter. Whereas Gosford controlled much of the first half it was The Lakes who stormed back into the match for much of the second half. The Gosford backline did play very well in the first half and it due much to their play that the team were able to post 17 points. However the start of the second half saw The Lakes play some good rugby. They actually worked themselves back into the lead and with ten minutes to go had taken the lead by 18 points to 17. The match was certainly up for grabs. However it was Gosford who secured the match winner with about 5 minutes to go when Jackson Steinbeck crossed for the vital try. It was an exciting match throughout and both sides know they could have won this match. But it was Gosford who have now recorded two out of two wins to have a very good start to the season. Best for Gosford were Josh Reid, Alec Corcoran and Jonah Manuauo. The Lakes were best served by Paul Wilson, lock Peni Raulini and Blake Dinham, who crossed for a try.

Avoca Beach held on to record a pleasing win over Woy Woy at Woy Woy Oval by 32 points to 20. In what proved quite an even battle throughout it was the Avoca Beach team who were always just in front on the scoreboard. Avoca Beach went to the halftime break leading by 17 points to 12 and both sides knew they had real chances of victory at that stage. However it was Avoca Beach who maintained that lead and even increased it a little during the second stanza. Best player for Avoca Beach was halfback Julian Bacigalupo, who was everywhere in attack and defence, and who scored a great try. He was well supported by Mitch Jacob, and Jake McPhee, who crossed for two personal tries. Woy Woy were always in the match but were simply unable to bridge the gap. Best for the home side were Cameron Graham, Robert Kinley, and Jovesa Kunawave, who scored a very good try.

Ourimbah did enough to defeat Hornsby at Ourimbah Rugby Park by 33 points to 10. The first half saw a far better effort by Hornsby, and Ourimbah only led at the break by 14 points to 3. Ourimbah were always in control in this match but Hornsby did not make things easy for them. Ourimbah did score 5 tries to one and that was a fairly good indication of the flow of the match, but Hornsby would be pleased with their effort against last year’s Premiers, particularly after last week’s disappointing result. Best players for Ourimbah were No.8 Ross McKean, winger Daniel Ford and lock Josefa Biu who crossed for another 2 tries in the match. Hornsby put in a great effort and all players contributed for a good team effort.

In the President’s Cup, Warnervale hung on to defeat The Entrance by 13 points to 10 at Woongarrah Oval.

Women’s 7’s rugby continued with some great efforts by various teams. Terrigal and Avoca Beach remain undefeated in their matches. Hornsby got their first win of season against Ourimbah, while the Kariong team had their first ever matches in the competition. It is all building for a great season in Women’s 7’s rugby.

CCRU Round 1 Results

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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, 6th APRIL, 2019
ROUND 1

PREMIER 1
Ourimbah 29 Josefa Biu 2, Daniel Ford, Ross McKean, Josh Holman tries;
Jarrod Grange 2 conversions
defeated
The Lakes 27 Macui Raulini 3, Jack Akehurst tries;
Logan Hemopo 2 conversions, 1 penalty goal

Gosford 27 Josh Reid 2, Jordan Franklin, Alec Corcoran tries;
Josh Reid 2 conversions, 1 penalty goal
defeated
Woy Woy 13 Fokolulu Taumololo try;
Damon Boxsell 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals

Terrigal 73 Josh Vainikolo 2, Kevin McNamara 2, Elekana Laupola 2, Nathan Simpson, Sam Kenny, Vaughan Kernan, Mitch Johnson, Dylan Calabria tries;
Aaron Tait 7 conversions;
Cameron Strachan 2 conversions
defeated
Hornsby 0

Avoca Beach 10 Emile Thomas try;
Pat Wheatley 1 penalty goal;
Mitchell Jacob 1 conversion
drew with
Warnervale 10 Ben Butler try;
Atunaisha Turagaveci 1 conversion,
1 penalty goal

POINTS TABLE
Terrigal 5
Gosford 5
Ourimbah 5
The Lakes 2
Warnervale 2
Avoca Beach 2
Hornsby 0
Woy Woy 0
Kariong 0

PREMIER 2
The Lakes 19 Ourimbah 12
Gosford 20 Woy Woy 7
Terrigal 52 Hornsby 0
Avoca Beach 26 Warnervale 14

PRESIDENTS CUP
Ourimbah 34 The Lakes 0
Woy Woy 39 Gosford 10
Terrigal 20 Hornsby 0
Avoca Beach 20 Warnervale 0
The Entrance 19 Kariong 17

COLTS
Kariong 38 Gosford 0
Terrigal 36 Avoca Beach 10

WOMEN
Terrigal 43 Hornsby 0
Terrigal 46 Hornsby 0
Ourimbah 22 The Lakes 10
The Lakes 20 Ourimbah 7
Avoca Beach 47 Warnervale 5
Avoca Beach 22 Warnervale 0

REPORT :

The 2019 Central Coast Rugby season opened with some very interesting matches. There were some close matches, but all of the teams would have enjoyed their first competitive hit out of the season and certainly all teams will get stronger and stronger as the season continues as they get their combinations more settled.

In the Match of the Round at Slade Park, Ourimbah held on to defeat The Lakes by 29 points to 27 in what resulted in a very close contest. Played in quite damp conditions at Slade Park, it was Ourimbah who started the strongest. It only took 2 minutes before Ourimbah had crossed for their opening try. Lock Josefa Biu finished off an attacking move to cross for this opening 5 pointer. After that the match certainly evened out. For the next 30 minutes play went from one end of the field to the other but the very heavy conditions made it quite difficult to get any effective go forward. Both teams had their chances during this period however but there was no action on the scoreboard. Best players for The Lakes included five-eight Marshall Hemopo, halfback Logan Hemopo, fullback Macui Raulini and lock Reihana Hemopo. During this same period Ourimbah were best served by halfback Josh Holman, new player and No.8 Ross McKean, lock Josefa Biu, centre Brenton Law and flanker Jarrod Grange. At the 35th minute of this half Ourimbah were able to cross for their second try to go to a handy 10 points to nil lead close to halftime. However there was to be plenty of action in the final 5 minutes of the first half. The Lakes did respond with their own penalty goal to reduce the gap to 10-3. In the final few minutes both teams were able to cross for a further try each. Ourimbah scored first to lead by 15 points to 3 before The Lakes scored an important try right on halftime. This made the scoreline Ourimbah 15 The Lakes 8. No team were able to convert any of the tries in the first stanza. Despite Ourimbah scoring 3 tries to one in the first half, the match was still very much up for grabs. The opening 20 minutes of the second half was dominated by Ourimbah. They were winning the set pieces and also controlling much of the activity on the paddock. This dominance saw them cross for two converted tries and took them to a very handy 29 points to 8 lead. At that stage it seemed the match was well and truly over. However the home team were not going to accept this situation. In the final 15 minutes of the match the home side played some exceptional rugby. Fullback Macui Raulini was able to cross for a total of 3 tries in the match and was outstanding. His final couple of tries in the final stages of the match almost saw The Lakes grab the win. It was an excellent game of rugby to start the 2019 season. The result showed that both teams will have a good year and have much to look forward to this year.

Gosford were able to record a pleasing win over Woy Woy at Gosford Showground when they ran out winners by 27 points to 13. It was a quite even encounter throughout but Gosford just always had their nose in front. Gosford led by 12 points to 6 at halftime and maintained that lead for the remainder of the match. Best for Gosford was Josh Reid, who posted 17 individual points in the match. However it was a good team effort and coach Adam Beavis would have been most pleased with their opening performance of the year. Woy Woy gave it their all but just never got a roll on. Beast players for the visitors were back Fokolulu Taumololo, who scored their lone try, and halfback Damon Boxsell. The win by Gosford got them the start they needed this year after a most disappointing year in 2018 while Woy Woy know they can play much better than what this result indicates.

In a tough, hard fought encounter at Heazlett Park, Avoca Beach and Warnervale played out a 10 all draw. This low scoring match saw both teams have their chances but at the end of the day they had to settle on the draw. Avoca Beach scored the only points of the first half and led by the single penalty goal at the break. Warnervale scored soon after the break and took the lead by 7 points to 3. This was a brilliant try by their fullback Ben Butler which saw them right back into the match. Avoca Beach regained the lead soon after when they scored their only try of the match. Veteran prop Emile Thomas crossed wide out to take the lead by 10 points to 7. However Warnervale were not to be denied. They kicked a late penalty goal to square the match. Best players for Avoca Beach were hooker Fion Henderson-Foley and Blake Jacob. Best for the visitors were centre Jacob Griffin and fullback Ben butler. Both teams can take a lot from this result. They both know they can improve on this performance and they both expect to have good seasons.

Terrigal proved far too strong for Hornsby at The Haven Oval and ran out winners by 73 points to nil. It was one way traffic for the entire match. Terrigal led by 45 points to nil at the halftime break and never looked in danger. They continued the onslaught in the second half. It was not a good day for Hornsby and they will be hoping to turn things around in the coming weeks. Best players for Terrigal were prop Nathan Simpson, lock Josh Vainikolo, and backs Vaughan Kernan, Mitch Johnson and Dylan Calabria. However it was an excellent all round team performance and was certainly the start to 2019 that the home team desired. Hornsby were best served by centres Nathan Webb and Andrew Taylor.

In the President’s Cup, The Entrance proved too strong on the day when they held on to defeat Kariong by 19 points to 17. It was a good game of rugby and both teams gave it their all. It was hard fought and great opening game for both teams to commence the 2019 season. The Entrance jumped to a handy lead and Kariong fought back to almost grab the win.

Women’s 7’s rugby got under way again on the Central Coast when teams competed in their first matches of the season. Avoca Beach proved they will again be a force this year when they had two easy wins over Warnervale, while Terrigal demonstrated the same when they proved too strong for Hornsby in their two clashes. The Lakes proved they will be a force when they recorded a win and a loss against Ourimbah.