SATURDAY, 27th JULY, 2019
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.