SATURDAY, 14th MAY, 2016
PREMIER 1 (bonus points in brackets)
Terrigal 31 (1)
Alec Herridge 3, Ethan McInnes tries;
Aaron Tait 4 conversions, 1 penalty goal
Hugo Pike try;
Josh Reid 1 conversion
Woy Woy 34 (1)
Fokolulu Taumalolo 2, Alifeleti Atiola, Nick Garnett, Inoke Kaitabu tries;
Wade Hannell 1 conversion;
Fokolulu Taumalolo 1 penalty goal;
Iliesa Rokodraga 2 conversions
Sione Ala, Sione Branxton, Foleu Faupula tries;
Sione Ala 1 penalty goal
Avoca Beach 17
Luke Sheridan, Blake Jacob, Sam Evans tries;
Nathan Brown 1 conversion
The Lakes 3
Bill Moroney 1 penalty goal
Kariong 42 (1)
Ryan Wallbank, Stanley Mila, Tom Clay, Jake Holwill, Corey Holwill, Justin Walker tries;
Scott Hanley 3 conversions, 2 penalty goals
Daniel Leti, Sam White, Tim Graham-Robertson tries;
Sam White 3 conversions, 1 penalty goal
Avoca Beach 22
Woy Woy 19
The Lakes 1
PREMIER 2 (bonus points in brackets)
Terrigal 26 (1) Gosford 3
The Lakes 15 Avoca Beach 5
Hornsby 29 (1) Kariong 12
Woy Woy 57 (1) Warnervale 7
PRESIDENTS CUP (bonus points in brackets)
Gosford 24 Terrigal 17 (1)
The Lakes 14 Avoca Beach 0
Kariong 26 (1) Hornsby 15
Woy Woy 40 (1) Warnervale 0
COLTS (bonus points in brackets)
Terrigal 33 (1) Gosford 17
Ourimbah 33 (1) Avoca Beach 14
Woy Woy 20 (1) Warnervale 0
The Central Coast rugby competition continued yesterday after last weekend’s NSW Country Championships in Armidale with Round 6. All matches were closely fought although a couple of games saw the winning side get away on the scoreboard in the final quarter of the match.
The Match of the Day saw Terrigal defeat Gosford by 31 points to 7 at Gosford Showground. This game was a quite even battle throughout but it was Terrigal who were able to score 4 tries to one and were able to secure the vital bonus point victory. However for much of the match there was nothing in it. Terrigal probably held that little bit more of the ascendancy throughout and always seemed that little more in control of proceedings. Much of the match was a desperate battle with play going from one end of the field to the other. Terrigal were able to secure the win with two bursts of scoring. They were able to cross for two quick tries just before halftime to go to a 17 points to 7 lead at the halftime break. They than did the same thing in the final 5 or so minutes of the match when they were able to cross for a further two tries. The match started very evenly. Gosford opened the scoring with a try to flanker to Hugo Pike. This 7 points to nil lead was just what the home side wanted. Terrigal did respond with a penalty goal and for much of the remainder of the half Gosford led by 7 points to 3. Gosford did bomb a couple of chances at scoring but it was not to be. Terrigal five-eight Alec Herridge placed Terrigal to the advantage when a brilliant chip kick and regather saw him cover 60 metres to score adjacent to the posts. Terrigal had jumped to the lead by 10 points to 7. This was quickly followed just prior to the halftime break with another long distance try. Hooker Ethan McInnes backed up a great passing movement for him to score a second converted try for his team. Suddenly the momentum of the game had changed. Those few minutes saw Terrigal leap to a 17 points to 7 halftime score.
The second half was a real battle with Gosford trying to get back into the match and Terrigal trying to cement the result. However nothing further happened on the scoreboard for 30 minutes of the second half. In the quite warm conditions both teams were feeling the effects but were putting on a great game of rugby. The game alternated between attack and defence for both teams and neither was able to break through. Because of the scoreline Terrigal always seemed to have things in control. Best players for Terrigal were five-eight Alec Herridge, who crossed for three wonderful tries. He was well supported by centre Mitch Hirst, winger Dan Sargeant, flanker Ryan Metcalfe and hooker Ethan McInnes. Gosford had several good performers but none were better than forwards Al Lock and Hugo Pike, while backs Josh Reid and Josh McGlynn always looked as though they could make that vital break. Terrigal secured the win with the final two tries in the closing minutes, both to flyhalf Alec Herridge. It was an excellent win by Terrigal who remain undefeated and are currently top of the competition ladder. For the third week in a row, Gosford gave a good performance but without securing any vital competition points.
Kariong continued on their winning way when they defeated Hornsby by 42 points to 24 at Mark Taylor Oval. This was also a quite even battle until well into the match. Kariong did lead by 20 points to 12 at the halftime break and did deserve that lead, but Hornsby were still at that stage definitely in the match. Kariong did however score 6 tries to 3 and overall that was a good indication of the flow of the whole 80 minutes. Best players for Kariong were lock Stanley Mila, five-eight Ryan Wallbank, hooker Justin Walker and prop Cory Holwill. Representative player Mitch Clay was also always dangerous with the ball in hand for the entire match. Hornsby never gave in, and very good efforts from Sam White and Tim Graham-Robertson kept the home side in the match for quite awhile. Kariong with the win have now secured three victories on the trot and are going through a real resurgence in recent weeks. Hornsby were most competitive on the day but just could not stop the visitors from securing their win.
Avoca Beach had a tough day at Slade Park before securing a hard fought win over The Lakes by 17 points to 3. This was an arm wrestle from start to finish and it took a long time before Avoca Beach were safe with the win. Avoca Beach only led by 7 points to 3 at the halftime break so both sides were definitely in the picture at that stage. Both teams had periods of attack throughout the match but neither could break through for any real dominance. Avoca Beach scored a try early in the second half to increase their lead to 12 points to 3 but for much of remainder of the half there was nothing between the teams. Avoca Beach only felt safe in the last minutes when they crossed for the third try to get the win by 17 points to 3. Avoca Beach maintains their undefeated record so far this season but they really did have to work hard to maintain that position in this match. It was a very good effort by The Lakes and they must be very close to their first victory of the season. Best players for Avoca Beach were prop Emile Thomas, forward Peter Steele, and flanker Blake Jacob, who crossed for a decisive try. The Lakes played well as a team, but their best players on the day were flanker Che Nisbet, winger Dylan Rinn and back Bill Moroney.
Woy Woy defeated Warnervale by 34 points to 18 at Woy Woy Oval but it did take a wholehearted effort by the home team to overcome the visitors. Woy Woy only led by 10 points to 8 at the halftime break and Warnervale probably saw this as a great chance to cause an upset and to get their first win of the season. It was not to be as Woy Woy played far better in the second half and were able to go on and get the win. It was one of Warnervale’s best efforts of the season and the club will take real heart from this performance. The visitors played good rugby and did push the home side all the way. Best players for Woy Woy were centre Wade Hannell and forward Nick Garnett. Neither player stopped trying all day. Best players for Warnervale were Sione Branxton and Sione Ala. The win sees Woy Woy maintain their 4th spot on the ladder in what is proving a topsy turvy battle at the top of the ladder.