SATURDAY, 14th APRIL, 2018
PREMIER 1 (bonus points in brackets)
The Lakes 38 (1)
Macui Rauluni 3, Peni Rauluni 2, Barry Graham tries;
Logan Hemopo 4 conversions
Ourimbah 28 (1)
Jack Stonestreet 4 tries;
Jarrod Grange 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals
Avoca Beach 28
Dylan Cadogan try
Dylan Cadogan 1 conversion, 5 penalty goals, 1 field goal
Mitch Jacob 1 penalty goal
Kariong 27 (2)
Mitch Clay, Adam Pearson, Blake Sylvester, Phil Brown tries;
Ryan Wallbank 2 conversions, 1 penalty goal
Woy Woy 22 (1)
Nick Garnett, Corey Fleming, Matt Graham, Blake Arahill tries
Fokolulu Taumalolo 1 conversion
Warnervale 17 (1)
Kevin McNamara 2, Cameron McNamara tries
Cameron McNamara 1 conversion
Gosford 27 (1)
Hugo Pike, Jackson Steinbeck, Adam Carlisle, Chris Heap, Jack Shelley tries
Adam Carlisle 1 conversion
Mitch Fullager 2 tries;
Mitch Fullager 2 conversions, 1 penalty goal
PREMIER 2 (bonus points in brackets)
The Lakes 17 Ourimbah 7
Avoca Beach 27 (1) Kariong 7
Warnervale 19 Woy Woy 12 (1)
Gosford 12 Hornsby 3
PRESIDENTS CUP (bonus points in brackets)
The Lakes 14 Ourimbah 11 (1)
Gosford 20 (1) Hornsby 0
Terrigal 25 The Entrance 7
COLTS (bonus points in brackets)
Woy Woy 62 (1) Warnervale 0
Terrigal 59 (1) Ourimbah 7
The 2018 Central Coast Rugby season continued with some very exciting matches. All matches were very tight and the winner of each match was not secured until the final whistle.
The Match of the Day saw The Lakes continue their great start to the 2018 season when they defeated Ourimbah by 38 points to 28. The Lakes definitely proved they will be a threat to all teams this year and their two performances so far are a major turnaround for them from last year. The Lakes got away to a great start and took control of proceedings right from the word go. They crossed for several early tries and by halftime had jumped to a very meritorious lead of 28 points to 13. It appeared the match was all but over even at that stage. The Lakes had several very good players at this stage but none were better than fullback Macui Rauluni, who crossed for 3 tries, and No.8 Peni Rauluni, who posted for 2 tries. They were both always dangerous with the ball in hand. They were well supported by lock James McCombie. The second half proved a far more even affair. Both teams went almost try for try but the damage had already happened for Ourimbah. Best players for the home side were five-eight Toby Carver, prop Will Fraser and winger Jack Stonestreet, who crossed for 4 tries in what was a very good individual performance. The Lakes continue to lead the competition with 2 great wins while Ourimbah will have to regroup for their clash with Gosford next week.
In a very unusual match Avoca Beach kicked a penalty goal on full time to defeat Kariong by 28 points to 27 at Heazlett Park. It was a battle from start to finish and both teams definitely had their chances of victory. Avoca Beach had the better of the first half and went to the halftime break leading by 16 points to 3. However, like last week, Kariong had a far better second half, and actually chased Avoca Beach down and took the lead during the second stanza. However it was Avoca Beach who kicked a penalty goal right on fulltime to snatch the lead by the single point. The other extraordinary thing about the match was that Kariong scored 4 tries to one and still lost the match. Avoca Beach must thank their goal kicker Dylan Cadogan who kicked 7 goals, he also scored a try to acquire a personal tally of 25 points. Kariong would be most disappointed with the result and would rue their chances, especially scoring 4 tries. Best for Kariong were five-eight Mitch Clay, who scored 3 tries, centre Julian Onutu and lock Adam Pearson. Both teams proved they will be a threat all season. Kariong know they can win but slow starts in both their matches this season have not helped. Avoca Beach, in their first match of the season, would be thankful for the win.
Woy Woy came from behind to defeat Warnervale by 22 points to 17 at Woongarrah Oval. Warnervale had the better of the first half and led by 10 points to 7 at the halftime break. However the match was proving very tight and both teams at that stage knew they had real chances of victory. Best players for Warnervale in that first half were flanker Dean Crofskey and forward Kevin McNamara. Woy Woy took the lead in the second half and did outscore the home side by 15 points to 7 in the second half. Warnervale have struggled a little in the second half of their matches and they work on that in the coming weeks. Best for Woy Woy were No.8 Alifeleti Atiola, five-eight Fokolulu Taumalolo and centre Wade Hannell. Both teams knew they could achieve a win in this match but it was the visitors who prevailed.
Gosford turned to the winner’s list with a hard fought win over Hornsby by 27 points to 17 at Carrington Street Oval. Gosford went to the halftime break leading by 12 points to 7 and things were looking good for them. Hornsby however were not to be denied and some very pleasing rugby saw them get to the lead during the second half. But it was short lived. Two late tries to Gosford saw the home side secure the win. Best for Gosford were veteran five-eight Adam Carlisle, No.8 Jackson Steinbeck and winger Jack Shelley. Hornsby were best served by flanker Toby Foord and hooker Brian Mudge. Gosford will be pleased with the win especially after the loss last week, while Hornsby know they are competitive this year. They have lost both their matches but have shown they will be a threat this year.
In the President’s Cup, Terrigal proved too strong on the day when they defeated The Entrance by 25 points to 7 at The Haven Oval. It was a pleasing game of rugby but the home side prevailed on the day.
Women’s 7’s rugby continued on the Central Coast when teams played a gala series of matches at Woongarrah Oval.