SATURDAY, 21st MAY, 2016
PREMIER 1 (bonus points in brackets)
Alec Herridge, Ethan McInnes, Josh Vainikolo tries;
Aaron Tait 2 conversions
Avoca Beach 7
Chad Martin try;
Nathan Brown 1 conversion
Ryan Wallbank, Mitch Clay, Shannon Beavan tries;
Scott Hanley 3 conversions
Ourimbah 19 (1)
Brett Cunningham, Matt King, Pat Nauruia tries;
Jarrod Grange 2 conversions
Gosford 22 (1)
Sam Underwood 2, Adam Carlisle, Joel Wagner tries;
Hugo Pike 1 conversion
Warnervale 19 (1)
Jacob Griffin 2, Matt Willmott tries;
Sione Ala 2 conversions
The Lakes 34 (1)
Che O’Brien, Heath McDonald, Dylan Rinn, Brendan Quigg, Adam Kea tries;
Bill Moroney 3 conversions, 1 penalty goal
Ed Mills, Ben Astley, Sam White tries;
Sam White 3 conversions, 1 penalty goal
PREMIER 2 (bonus points in brackets)
Terrigal 12 Avoca Beach 10 (1)
Ourimbah 41 (1) Kariong 5
The Lakes 38 (1) Hornsby 10
Gosford 39 (1) Warnervale 7
PRESIDENTS CUP (bonus points in brackets)
Terrigal 26 (1) Avoca Beach 21 (1)
The Lakes 82 (1) Hornsby 0
Gosford 74 (1) Warnervale 5
Woy Woy 30 (1) The Entrance 7
COLTS (bonus points in brackets)
Terrigal 31 (1) Avoca Beach 15
Ourimbah 76 (1) Woy Woy 5
Warnervale 36 (1) Gosford 10
The Central Coast rugby competition saw some very interesting results yesterday, and these results have opened up the competition for this year. On a day when most of the scores were quick tight, in the Match of the Day, Terrigal defeated Avoca Beach by 19 points to 7 at Heazlett Park.
The match at Avoca Beach was played in front of a huge crowd and the rugby on display certainly held the interest of the crowd for much of the match. The first 40 minutes was a very even struggle with both teams giving it their all. Play went from one end of the field to the other but neither team was able to break the deadlock for quite awhile. It was Terrigal who opened the scoring late in the half to take the lead by 7 points to nil. This scoreline indicated the tightness of the match and it remained the score at the halftime break. So at that stage both teams knew that victory was certainly there for the taking. However it was Terrigal who went on with it. They were able to score further tries in the second stanza while the home side was only able to respond with one try in the second half. It was a spirited game of rugby with both teams displaying very good skills. Terrigal had several good players on the day. No.8 Josh Vainikolo was outstanding. He was strong in the set pieces but most effective around the paddock. Others to play well for Terrigal were winger Braeden Clack, and five-eight Alec Herridge. Herridge has certainly stamped his authority on matches in recent weeks, and is in very good form. Another player to perform well was flanker Ethan McInnes. McInnes, normally a hooker, moved to flanker in this match and certainly put in a sterling performance for the visitors. Avoca Beach were never very far away from the lead but just could not bridge that gap. The scoreline of 3 tries to one was a fair indication of the flow of the match. Best for Avoca Beach were lock Peter Steele, halfback Sam Evans, and prop Josh Meadham. It was an open game of rugby with first real stoppage in the match only coming in the 34th minute of the first half. However Terrigal are now the only team in Premier 1 to remain undefeated for this season and obviously cement their spot on the top of the competition ladder. Avoca Beach were never far way on the scoreboard but will need to regroup for their match next week.
In a minor upset, Kariong came from behind to defeat Ourimbah at Ourimbah Rugby Park by 21 points to 19. This was an excellent win by the Kariong side and they certainly have turned their fortunes around this season. They have now won four matches on the trot and are taking all before them this year. But it was not an easy victory. Ourimbah went to the halftime break leading by 14 points to 7 and seemed to be heading for victory at that stage. They then went further ahead to lead by 19 points to 7 before the visitors steamed home. Two late tries to Kariong saw them clinch the victory with time running out. This victory on the bell sees Kariong now in equal fourth spot on the competition ladder and this position has not been held by them for many years. Best players for Kariong were No.8 Philip Brown, hooker Justin Walker, and lock Stanley Mila. However it was a good team performance and their never say die attitude gained them the victory. Ourimbah will regroup from this loss however. Their best players on the day were halfback Matt King and prop Brett Cunningham who both crossed for individual tries. This result certainly does open the competition ladder in what is proving a most interesting competition. The win by Kariong also sees them take the Challenge Shield and this will be up for grabs once again next week when Kariong are at home against Avoca Beach.
Gosford got out of jail when they crossed for the match winning try right on fulltime. Gosford survived a wonderful Warnervale effort at Woongarrah Oval to win by 22 points to 19. The match was a rather dour battle for the first 60 minutes but it did open up in the last quarter of the game when finally some good open rugby was put on display. Warnervale went to the halftime break leading by 12 points to 5 and they were playing the better rugby in the match. They were starting to dominate the breakdown and things were starting to happen for them. Warnervale actually went to a bigger lead early in the second stanza and led by 19 points to 5 and it seemed their first win of the season was on the cards. However Gosford were not to be denied. They were able to cross for three tries in the final 15 minutes and snatched the lead and the match at the death. It was a good game of rugby, and got better and better as the match went on. Best players for Gosford were fullback Sam Underwood, who crossed for two tries, lock Mitch Cornwell who never stops trying, while flanker Jackson Steinbeck and five-eight Joel Wagner made real impacts in the match. No.8 Al Lock also featured with some bullocking runs. Warnervale had several very good players, but none were more effective than five-eight Sione Ala, No.8 Tevita Moala, and lock Matt Willmott. Jacob Griffin also had a great game alternating between the centres and the lineout. Warnervale are certainly improving and their first win of the season is just around the corner. Gosford were very lucky but the win does keep them in the reckoning for the rest of the season.
The Lakes recorded their first win of the season when they defeated Hornsby by 34 points to 24 at Slade Park. It was a big day for The Lakes, winning all grades for the first time since 2010. It proved a high scoring match and both teams certainly put on an exciting display. The Lakes did however score 5 tries to 3 and that was a good indication of the flow of the match. The Lakes led by 26 points to 10 at the halftime break and even though it seemed it was all over Hornsby fought hard and made a real match of it in the second half. In fact they outscored the home side in the final 40 minutes of the match but it was all too late. Best players for The Lakes were Glenn Stone, James McCombie and Brendan Quigg. Hornsby never stopped trying and were best served by prop Angus McQueen, flanker Rob Cleland and back Sam White. It was a good day for The Lakes who have been close to victory on several occasions this season but this is their first win of the year and they will be hoping for several more.
In President’s Cup at Joseph Banks Oval, Woy Woy proved too strong for The Entrance and ran out winners by 30 points to 7.