SATURDAY, 20th MAY, 2017
PREMIER 1 (bonus points in brackets)
Phil Brown, Tom Clay, Steve McGrath tries;
Scott Hanley 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals
Ourimbah 19 (1)
Brett Cunningham, Tyler Jones, Ryan Pike tries;
Jarrod Grange 2 conversions
Avoca Beach 21
Chris Newton 2, Blake Jacob tries;
Connor Kondrat 3 conversions
Woy Woy 10
Lapana Vitale try;
Alex Moore 1 conversion, 1 penalty goal
Mitchell Johnson 2, Atunaisa Turagabeci tries;
Cameron McNamara 3 conversions
Gosford 19 (1)
Chris Heap, Tomson Fawkner, Drew Neist tries;
Hugo Pike 2 conversions
Terrigal 61 (1)
Dylan Calabria 2, Adam Danckert 2, Martin Wahbe, Joe Taylor, Sam Kenny, Mitch Hirst, Dan Sargeant tries;
Adam Danckert 8 conversions
Earl Yandall, John O’Donnell, Mitch Fullager tries;
Sam White 1 conversion
PREMIER 2 (bonus points in brackets)
Ourimbah 33 (1) Kariong 24 (1)
Woy Woy 19 Avoca Beach 17 (1)
Warnervale 26 (1) Gosford 7
Terrigal 44 (1) Hornsby 0
PRESIDENTS CUP (bonus points in brackets)
Ourimbah 71 (1) Kariong 12
Avoca Beach 19 Woy Woy 5
Gosford 87 (1) Warnervale 5
Terrigal 32 (1) Hornsby 0
The Entrance 10 The Lakes 0
COLTS (bonus points in brackets)
Avoca Beach 50 (1) Woy Woy 0
Kariong 20 (1) Terrigal 0
After 6 rounds, and with the competition a third of the way through the season, things are beginning to sort themselves out in terms of the competition ladder.
In the Match of the Day, Kariong defeated Ourimbah by 25 points to 19 at Kariong Oval. In what many would regard as a minor upset, Kariong started off strongly and had secured enough points early in the match to be able to hang on for victory. Kariong did start well. They played good rugby and took advantage of some hesitant Ourimbah play. Kariong went to the break leading by 14 points to nil and they deserved that lead. The home side went further ahead early in the second half when they were able to cross for another try. In fact early in the second half they had gone to a match winning lead of 22 points to nil and it all seemed over. It was only then that Ourimbah started to put things together. They were able to cross for three unanswered tries and suddenly the Kariong lead had been reduced to 22 points to 19 and the match was certainly very much up for grabs. However Kariong were able to settle the ship, and with a late penalty goal were able to hang on for victory. It was a wonderful team effort by the Kariong squad and this important win places them in the Top Four. Best players for Kariong were lock Phil Brown, who crossed for 2 tries, five-eight Mitchell Clay, hooker Justin Walker and flanker Lachlan Peruch. Ourimbah, after a disastrous start, came back extremely well and could have taken the match. Best players for them were Clint Guyatt and Jarrod Grange. It was an enthralling game of rugby and does show that any of the top teams can win on the day.
Avoca Beach returned to the winner’s circle with a hard fought 21 points to 10 victory over Woy Woy at Heazlett Park. This match was tight throughout but Avoca Beach were able to lead for much of the match and were able to record a significant win. Woy Woy opened the scoring with an early penalty goal, but it was then that the home side who were able to respond with 14 unanswered points in the remainder of the first half. Avoca Beach went to the halftime break leading by 14 points to 3. Best players for Avoca Beach were No.8 Chad Martin, while Blake Jacob continued his great recent form. Woy Woy scored early in the second half, and with the match score at Avoca Beach 14 Woy Woy 10 the match was there to be taken. It was a struggle in the second period and both teams had their chances to get the win. However a converted try to Avoca Beach sealed the victory for them. The second half was all square at 7 points apiece but the first half performance by the home side had got them the win. Woy Woy had several very good players but none were better than Nick Garnett, Lapana Vitale, who scored their try, and Damien Fleming. These two teams are just out of the Top Four and the next few weeks will be most crucial for them both in terms of the Finals Series.
Warnervale hung on for a tight win over Gosford at Gosford Showground, running out winners by 21 points to 19. In a match which saw both teams make numerous errors, the result was only secured on the fulltime whistle. It was an entertaining match to watch because of the various changes in possession but neither team would be happy with their overall performance. The match was close throughout. Warnervale went to the halftime break leading by 14 points to 12 and both teams knew victory was possible. This remained the score for most of the second period but when Warnervale scored a converted try late in the match, and led by 21 points to 12, it seemed to be all over. However Gosford stormed home, scoring a converted try and then missing a penalty shot at goal right on fulltime, which would have snatched the home side the win. Best for Warnervale were centre Mitchell Johnson, who ran strongly all day and crossed for 2 tries, lock Mark Fittler, and flanker Ethan Sant. Best for Gosford were flankers Hugo Pike and Joel Wagner, while back Josh McGlynn was always dangerous with the ball in hand. The win sees Warnervale confirm their Top Four spot while Gosford need to secure a change in fortune soon if they are to threaten the Finals this year.
Terrigal continued their free flowing form with a good win over Hornsby by 61 points to 17 at Mark Taylor Oval. Terrigal led by 26 points to 12 at the halftime break but the further the match went on the better they played. The match was not all one way traffic as Hornsby showed great speed in the backs and were able to cross for three very good tries. The win sees Terrigal jump to the top of the competition ladder. Best for Terrigal were winger Dan Sargeant, centre Dylan Calabria, halfback Sekope Maea, lock Joe Taylor and five-eight Adam Dankert who scored 26 personal points. Hornsby never stopped trying and were best served by Earl Yandall and Mitch Fullager.
In the President’s Cup, The Entrance recorded a pleasing win over The Lakes at Joseph Banks Oval by 10 points to 0. The home side played good rugby in very wintery conditions on Friday night.