SATURDAY, 24th AUGUST, 2019
WOY WOY OVAL
The 2019 Finals Series has finally arrived. In a year where the struggle to make the Finals was intense from the opening rounds, it now comes down to only four teams remaining in the race to the Major Premiership. The Final Four sees four Premier 1 teams that are quite evenly matched and it should prove a close Premiership.
Saturday’s Premier 1 Minor Semi-final sees Gosford and The Lakes meeting at Woy Woy Oval. This will prove a most interesting match up. Gosford finished third on the competition table and have shown quite good form all year. Gosford have had some great results during the year but injuries have affected them slightly in recent weeks. However they have had two very good wins over their rivals The Lakes during the season. The two wins, 22-18 in the first round, and the second round seeing Gosford easily account for The Lakes by 28 points to 5, probably sees Gosford going into the Minor Semi-final as favourites. But it is obvious the clash on Saturday will be close if these two games are anything to go on. Because of these two wins, Gosford may have that psychological advantage but Finals rugby is a very different story. Both teams can score tries. Their respective backlines contain players who can make inroads into any opposition. Gosford will rely heavily on players such as Josh McGlynn and Adam Carlisle. The Lakes also have players to do the same. These players include Macui Raulini and Logan Hemopo. But it is in the forwards where most games are won and lost. The two sets of forwards appear to be very evenly matched so it will come down to which group of forwards are the more committed on the day. Both teams know their season is on the line. Both coaches, Gosford’s Adam Beavis and The Lakes’ Andrew Long, will have their respective squads fully prepared for this clash. The winner on Saturday goes through to the Preliminary Final in two week’s time while the losing team can hang up their boots for the season. This will be an intense struggle and will closely fought for the entire 80 minutes.
The Premier 2 Minor Semi-final is between the same two teams as in Premier 1, Gosford and The Lakes. It all makes for an exciting clash on Saturday. These two teams have been evenly matched all season so this will be another tough and closely contested match. These two teams were also in the Premier 2 Grand Final last year which The Lakes won so Gosford will be most keen to seek some revenge in this particular game this weekend. Both teams have a combination of youth and experience and on paper it appears both teams could be victors in this clash.
The President’s Cup Minor Semi-final sees The Lakes playing Avoca Beach. The two teams have had two close battles over the year. The President’s Cup competition this year has been a close one and has seen rugby played at a good standard. The Minor Semi-final on Saturday between these two teams will reflect this – it will be a good standard match and will be close. Both teams finished their respective seasons last Saturday with very good wins, so both teams go into this contest with much confidence.
The Under 19 Minor Semi-final sees Avoca Beach up against Gosford. The Colts competition this year has been an excellent one and all four teams have shown respect for each other all season. Avoca Beach will go into this match as clear favourite. Gosford have had a tough year but have maintained their commitment for the whole year. However only last Saturday, Avoca Beach easily accounted for Gosford.
Women’s 7’s takes the stage in Central Coast Rugby Union Finals rugby between Premier 1 and Premier 2. The Minor Semi-final will see Woy Woy playing Hornsby to see who has the right to continue on in the Finals Series. Woy Woy will be favourites in this clash but with the Hornsby women’s team being that club’s first team in the CCRU Finals, Hornsby will be prepared to cause an upset.
TEAM LINEUPS ON SATURDAY :
Minor Semi Final Woy Woy Oval 24 AUGUST
10.00 am Under 19’s Avoca Beach v. Gosford
11.25 am President’s Cup The Lakes v. Avoca Beach
12.55 pm Premier 2 The Lakes v. Gosford
2.35 pm Women’s 7’s Woy Woy v. Hornsby
3.00 pm Premier 1 Gosford v. The Lakes