SATURDAY, 8th July, 2017
PREMIER 1 (bonus points in brackets)
Kariong 46 (1)
Brandon Shillingsworth 3, Robert Brown, Philip Brown, Justin Walker, Ryan Wallbank tries;
Scott Hanley 4 conversions, 1 penalty goal
Josh Holman, Tevita Moala tries;
Cameron McNamara 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals
Ourimbah 24 (1)
Ryan Fenning, Brenton Law, Jarrod Grange, Matt King tries;
Ryan Fenning 2 conversions
Drew Neist, Luke Brown tries
Avoca Beach 29 (1)
Elliott Dawkins, Blake Jacob, Chad Martin, Mick Arnold tries;
Connor Kondrat 3 conversions, 1 penalty goal
Nick Franke, Ben Astley tries;
Sam White 1 conversion
Terrigal 64 (1)
Brent Merritt, Dylan Calabria 3, Pat Niurua, Adam Dankert, Ryan Metcalfe tries;
Adam Danckert 7 conversions
The Lakes 3
Ross McNair 1 penalty goal
PREMIER 2 (bonus points in brackets)
Warnervale 17 Kariong 0
Gosford 18 Ourimbah 16 (1)
Avoca Beach 67 (1) Hornsby 0
Terrigal 33 (1) The Lakes 3
PRESIDENTS CUP (bonus points in brackets)
Warnervale 12 Kariong 7 (1)
Gosford 24 (1) Ourimbah 0
Avoca Beach 20 (1) Hornsby 0
Terrigal 52 (1) The Lakes 0
The Entrance 22 (1) Woy Woy 5
COLTS (bonus points in brackets)
Avoca Beach 20 Terrigal 19 (1)
Kariong 24 (1) Woy Woy 7
Round 12 of Central Coast Rugby Union saw some very close matches, and the competition ladder remains just as close. It all builds to an exciting final 6 rounds of rugby where teams will be trying to cement spots in the Finals Series for this year.
In the Match of the Day, Kariong cemented their good position on the ladder with a 46 points to 20 victory over Warnervale at Kariong Oval. This was an important win for Kariong, but also places pressure on Warnervale from now on to secure those necessary wins. Kariong got away to an excellent start and took the early lead. In fact they generally dominated the first half and they went to the halftime break leading by 22 points to 3 lead. It appeared at that stage that things were comfortably secured but Warnervale would have had different thoughts. Kariong played good rugby in that first half and fully deserved their lead. Best players for Kariong were lock Robert Brown, fullback Jake Holwill, who was always dangerous with the ball in hand, and flanker Lachlan Peruch. Another feature of the match were the 3 tries scored by young winger Brandon Shillingsworth. Kariong continued in much the same vein in the second half and went on to further increase their lead. However Warnervale were not to be denied. They put in a far better effort in the second half and were able to cross for two good tries. The second stanza was a far more even contest with scores in that second period being 24-20 but all the damage had been done in the first half. Warnervale had several good players, and these included halfback Josh Holman, lock Tevita Moala, who both scored tries, and lock Kevin McNamara. A pleasing win by Kariong, but a result that will see Warnervale regroup and try to get back on track in the coming weeks.
Ourimbah defeated Gosford at Gosford Showground by 24 points to 10 in what proved a good game of rugby. Ourimbah started the match brilliantly and had crossed for 2 tries within the opening 6 minutes of the start of the match and it almost seemed that the match was almost decided. This 12 points to nil lead however was quickly reduced when Gosford crossed also for an early try. The score remained 12-5 then for much of the remainder of the first half. The match had then developed into a real battle with plenty of action from one end of the field to the other. Ourimbah and Gosford both did score close to halftime and this made the halftime score 17 points to 10 in favour of the visitors. There was not too much between the two teams for much of this first half and both teams felt they were in with a chance. The second half was much the same. There was very little scoring by either team although both teams had their chances to post further points. It was not until late in the match that the victory was secured by the visitors when Ourimbah crossed for their fourth try to secure the win. It was a good effort by both teams and they put on an open display of rugby. Best players for Ourimbah were No.8 Jarrod Grange, centre Brenton Law, halfback Matt King and winger Caleb Pritchard. Best efforts put in for Gosford were by prop Grant Sullivan, lock Luke Brown and five-eight Josh McGlynn. Ourimbah maintain their position near the top of the table, while Gosford will look to rebuild in the remaining rounds of this year’s competition and will start to look towards next year. Gosford will trouble teams for the remainder of this year but they realise they cannot make the Top Four this year.
Avoca Beach struggled early on but were able to come from behind to defeat Hornsby at Heazlett Park by 29 points to 12. Hornsby started very well and played the far better rugby in the first half. They took an early 12 points to nil lead in the match and were definitely setting the pace. They were controlling things in the forwards and backs and the home team had no answer. Avoca Beach did get back into the match late in the half when they crossed for their first try. So at halftime Hornsby led by 12 points to 5 and an upset win looked like a distinct possibility. However it was Avoca Beach team who gradually gained the ascendancy in the second half and were able to post 24 unanswered points in the second half to secure the win. Best players for Avoca Beach were Blake Jacob, Elliott Dawkins and Chad Martin, while for Hornsby the best performers were No.8 Lochie Skulander, Aaron Duncan and Mitch Fullager. It was a pleasing performance by both teams. Hornsby proved they can trouble all teams, while Avoca Beach, who may not have played their best rugby, did secure a bonus point win and they have gained a spot in the Top Four.
Terrigal were convincing winners over The Lakes and ran out winners by 64 points to 3 at Slade Park. It was one way traffic from start to finish and Terrigal continued on their undefeated run to the Finals. Terrigal crossed for 10 tries, and The Lakes had absolutely no answers to their attack. It was a tough day for the home team and they will need to regroup for the remaining matches this season. Best for Terrigal were Dylan Calabria and Brent Merritt, who both crossed for 3 tries each, while Ross McNair never stopped trying for The Lakes.
In President’s Cup, The Entrance continued their good recent form when they defeated Woy Woy by 22 points to 5 at Joseph Banks Oval.