SATURDAY, 26th JUNE, 2021
PREMIER 1 (bonus points in brackets)
Terrigal 24 (1)
Elekana Laupola, Chad Shipton, Dan Sargeant, Sam Kenny tries;
Adam Danckert 2 conversions
The Lakes 20 (1)
Macui Rauluni, Jaydan Nauluvula, Ray Kaati tries;
Logan Hemopo 1 penalty goal;
Ray Kaati 1 conversion
Avoca Beach 19
Jake McPhie, Mitchell Briggs, Sam Evans tries;
Adam Carlisle 1 conversion;
Sam Evans 1 conversion
Hornsby 15 (1)
Jack Vandersteen, Tevita Faupula tries;
Sione Ala 1 conversion, 1 penalty goal
Kariong 66 (1)
Nick Outram, Richard Harvey, Sean Peruch, Taylor Mildren, Josh Bottero, Kane Williams, Karl Verhoef, Lachlan Peruch, Jake Hubbard tries; Penalty Try;
Lachlan Peruch 6 conversions;
Logan Campbell 1 conversion
Lachlan Natapu, Nemani Rokodami tries;
Cameron McNamara 1 conversion, 1 pen. goal
PREMIER 2 (bonus points in brackets)
Terrigal 14 The Lakes 12 (1)
Hornsby 19 Avoca Beach 7
Kariong 62 (1) Warnervale 17
PRESIDENTS CUP (bonus points in brackets)
The Lakes 39 (1) Terrigal White 29 (1)
Hornsby 30 Avoca Beach 19
WOMEN (bonus points in brackets)
Terrigal 55 (1) The Lakes 5
Avoca Beach 17 Hornsby 7
Warnervale 32 (1) Kariong 10
The second half of the Central Coast Rugby Union season continued yesterday, with the Swietelsky Shield Premier 1 rugby competition gaining in strength and also developing into one of the closest and tightest races to the Final Series in many years.
The onset of covid restrictions changed the venue for one match yesterday, but it will also affect the upcoming fixtures over the next few weeks.
The Match of the Day at The Haven Oval saw Terrigal get home in a close one, winning by the narrow margin of 24 points to 20 over The Lakes. The match was even stevens from start to finish and it was anyone’s match for the entire 80 minutes. Both teams crossed for a try in the early stages and at the midway point of the first half Terrigal led by the narrow margin of 7 points to 5. The match see sawed from one end of the field to the other, and both teams had their chances to post further points. Terrigal did however cross for a second try late in the first half while The Lakes were only able to respond with a penalty goal. Terrigal thus went to the halftime break leading by 12 points to 8. This 4 point margin also proved to be the difference at fulltime. So obviously the second half was totally even. Both teams crossed for two tries each in the final 40 minutes. Best players for Terrigal were lock Will McDonald, centre Harry Hughes, flanker Sam Kenny and winger Richard Hooper. The Lakes were best served by fullback Macui Rauluni, winger Jaydan Nauluvula and flanker Ray Kaati, who all crossed for a try each. Both teams will be close to the action late in the season. Terrigal, with this win, cement their position at the top of the table, while The Lakes fall just out of the Top Five. It is such a tight race to the Finals.
The Hornsby versus Avoca Beach contest had to be changed to Gosford Showground from Mark Taylor Oval due to covid restrictions being placed on the competition. This proved to be another close contest throughout. Avoca Beach scored late in the match to secure the win over Hornsby by 19 points to 15. Avoca Beach got the better of the start and it was not long before they led by 7 points to nil. Hornsby however then had the better of much of the remainder of the first half. This was certainly seen on the scoreboard as they were able to cross for 2 tries in this period of the half. These tries, and a penalty goal, gave Hornsby the halftime lead of 15 points to 7 and it seemed they may go on with it at that stage. The match was proving hard and physical and both teams were giving it their all. The early stages of the second half were dominated by gritty defence from both teams with neither team able to make any headway on the scoreboard. It was intense. It was Avoca Beach who broke the ice in the second half when they crossed for one try, and then for another very late in the half. The second half saw Avoca Beach score 12 points while Hornsby were unable to add to their halftime score. That final try saw Avoca Beach hold on to win by 19 points to 15. Best players for Avoca Beach were prop Jake McPhie, flanker Eden McQueen and halfback Kye Blair, while Hornsby were best served by hooker John King, No.8 James McCarthy, and prop Cameron Lee. It was such a crucial win for Avoca Beach who now creep into the Top Five at the expense of The Lakes. The competition is so close and the competition ladder continues to change each week.
At Woongarrah Oval, Kariong proved far too strong for Warnervale and ran out winners by 66 points to 15. Warnervale started well and they crossed for the first try, and then followed it up with a penalty goal. They led by 8 points to nil early on and it seemed it was to be a good day for the home side. But Kariong were able to quickly turn this all around. They quickly took charge on the paddock and also on the scoreboard. By halftime, Kariong had raced to a 26 points to 8 lead, and then were able to post a further 40 points in the second half to record their biggest win of the season. It was a disappointing day for Warnervale who had no answer to what was Kariong’s best performance of the year. Best players for Kariong were centre Lachlan Peruch, prop Richard Harvey and flanker Hudson Browning, while for Warnervale centre Moleni Soane, flanker Ethan Sant and No.8 Lachlan Natapu were their best.
The Bay had a bye in President’s Cup rugby.
Women’s 10’s rugby saw three exciting matches, with all 6 teams putting in pleasing performances Wins were gained by Terrigal, Avoca Beach and Warnervale. These three winners certainly greatly improved their chances of reaching the Top Four this year.