SATURDAY, 5th August, 2017
Terrigal 31 (1)
Dan Sargeant, Pat Niurua, Adam Dankert, Ryan Metcalfe, Josh Vainikolo tries;
Adam Danckert 3 conversions
Caleb Pritchard, Oliver Dark tries;
Ryan Fenning 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals
Warnervale 39 (1)
Kevin McNamara, Tevita Moala, Mitchell Johnson, Atunaisa Turagabeci, Cameron McNamara tries;
Cameron McNamara 4 conversions, 2 penalty goals
Avoca Beach 26 (1)
Pat Wheatley, Tristan Morris-Bowyer, Chad Martin, Luke Sheridan tries;
Connor Kondrat 3 conversions
Woy Woy 38 (1)
Matt Graham 2, Nick Garnett 2, Daniel King, Adam Meany tries;
Alex Moore 4 conversions
Hornsby 31 (2)
Ben Astley, Ivan Satu, Harry Fox, Mitch Fullager tries;
Sam White 4 conversions, 1 penalty goal try
Kariong 103 (1)
Dan Shillingsworth 3, Ricky Chapman 3, Lachlan Peruch 2, Richard Harvey 2, Corey Holwill 2, Josh Bottero, Ben Flakus, Lonny Clark tries;
Scott Hanley 14 conversions
The Lakes 0
Ourimbah 22 (1) Terrigal 3
Avoca Beach 41 (1) Warnervale 33 (1)
Hornsby 19 Woy Woy 17 (1)
The Lakes 83 (1) Kariong 0
Ourimbah 13 Terrigal 7 (1)
Avoca Beach 69 (1) Warnervale 5
Woy Woy 63 (1) Hornsby 7
The Lakes 20 Kariong 19 (1)
Gosford 12 The Entrance 0
Kariong 14 Avoca Beach 10 (1)
Terrigal 14 Woy Woy 14
Central Coast Rugby Union saw some exciting games of rugby in Round 16 and things are certainly hotting up as we approach the Finals Series. Three of the matches yesterday saw the halftime leaders being chased down and defeated by fulltime.
The Match of the Day saw a classic encounter at Ourimbah Rugby Park where Terrigal came from behind to defeat Ourimbah by 31 points to 20. The two leading teams put on a great display of rugby and both teams will take a huge amount out of this clash. Ourimbah started well and took the lead during the first half. By halftime they had jumped to a small but handy lead of 17 points to 12. Both teams knew at that stage that victory was certainly possible. Both teams then crossed for tries early on in the second half, but it was Ourimbah who maintained their lead in the match, right through until the final 10 minutes of the match. Both teams had some outstanding players on the day. Ourimbah were best served by lock Steven Pike, No.8 Sam Kearney and winger Oliver Dark. These three players were making inroads all day. Terrigal were never far behind on the scoreboard and were continually threatening to take the lead. Their best players on the day were lock Phil Heard, flanker Sam Kenny and winger Pat Niurua, who was dangerous every time he touched the ball. With time running out, and Ourimbah leading by 20 points to 17, it seemed the home team would hang on for victory. However Terrigal was able to cross for two converted tries in the final few moments of the match and were able to maintain their undefeated record this season. It was an incredible end to the match and just when it seemed that this undefeated record was to be broken, they were able to get those necessary points to get the win. Terrigal did score 5 tries to 2 on the day, but this match could have gone either way. It all makes for a very interesting game of rugby if these two teams meet again later in the season.
Another wonderful game of rugby was witnessed at Heazlett Park when Warnervale also came from behind to defeat Avoca Beach by 39 points to 26. The first half was a very even affair with both teams able to make continual inroads into the opposition. This made for an exciting game of rugby for those at the ground. Avoca Beach led early but a late in the half made the score close at 12-10. Avoca Beach did score a converted try right on halftime to make the score 19 points to 10 at the break and things were certainly in their favour at their stage. However, Warnervale started the second half well and were able to cross for an early try at that stage in the second period. However Avoca Beach regained the lead with a great try from the back of a very good scrum. At that stage the home side led by 26 points to 17 and the flow of the match appeared to be going their way at the midway point of the second half. However the last 20 minutes saw Warnervale play some outstanding team rugby and in that period were able to cross for three unanswered tries. Avoca Beach tried to stop this attack but to no avail. Best players for Warnervale were half back Josh Holman, who was involved in everything, five-eight Mitch Johnson, hooker Cameron McNamara, who posted a personal tally of 19 points, and locks Richie Houston and Kevin McNamara. Avoca Beach were definitely in this match for much of it but had no answer in that final period. Best for the home side were No.8 Chad Martin, centre Matt Anderson, and winger Pat Wheatley. The win sees Warnervale still in the struggle to make the Finals, whole Avoca Beach’s chances have now been extinguished.
Woy Woy scored a win right on fulltime when they defeated Hornsby by 38 points to 31 at Mark Taylor Oval. It was a vital win as Warnervale are close behind them on the scoreboard and chasing hard. Hornsby had a wonderful first half and were rewarded with a 21 points to 12 halftime lead. It seemed that this week they may hang on for victory. It was a comfortable lead but it wasn’t to be enough. Woy Woy fought back well in the second half and actually took the lead late in the match. Hornsby scored just after to level the scores at 31 points apiece. Just when it seemed a draw was on the cards, the Woy Woy team was able to cross for a converted try right on the full time whistle. It proved a thriller from start to finish. Hornsby will see the match as one that got away, while Woy Woy would be relieved to get the points with two tough matches for them to finish the season. Best players for Woy Woy were prop Sam Soane, hooker Nick Garnett, while Matt Graham, Kane Burns and Alex Moore all put in very effective performances. Hornsby had some great players on the day but none were better than halfback Ben Astley, Harry Fox and Mitch Fullager.
Kariong were far too good for The Lakes at Kariong Oval and ran out winners by 103 points to 0. It was Kariong on top all day and were able to cross for 15 unanswered tries. It was 61 nil at halftime and the match continued in the same vein in the second half. Best for Kariong were wingers Dan Shillingsworth and Ricky Chapman, as well as flankers Josh Bottero and Lachlan Peruch. The Lakes were best served by Wiremu Pirini, Michael Ferry, and Harry Pirini.
Gosford defeated The Entrance in the President’s Cup match at Joseph Banks Oval by 12 points to 0.