SATURDAY, 28th MAY, 2016
PREMIER 1 (bonus points in brackets)
Ethan McInnes, Nathan Simpson, Dan Sargeant tries;
Aaron Tait 2 conversions, 4 penalty goals
Jarrod Grange, Sam Kearney tries;
Jarrod Grange 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals
Kariong 36 (1)
Jake Holwill 3, Cory Holwill, Stanley Mila tries;
Scott Hanley 4 conversions, 1 penalty goal
Avoca Beach 7
Blake Jacob try;
Nathan Brown 1 conversion
Warnervale 39 (1)
Netane Tonga 2, Connor Wanstall, Brenton Acreman, Jack Hogan, Folau Faupulu, Sione Branxton tries;
Sione Ala 2 conversions
The Lakes 35 (2)
Brendan Quigg 2, Adam Kea, Glen Stone, Dame Kea tries;
Bill Moroney 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals
Woy Woy 51 (1)
Chris Paseka 2, Alifeleti Atiola 2, Sione Toki 2, Fokolulu Taumalolo, Polikapili Tuitupou, Lapana Vitale tries;
Sione Toki 1 conversion;
Alex Moore 2 conversions
Stefan Von Zelewski try;
Sam White 1 conversion
Woy Woy 24
Avoca Beach 22
The Lakes 8
PREMIER 2 (bonus points in brackets)
Ourimbah 22 Terrigal 17 (1)
Avoca Beach 20 Kariong 17 (1)
Warnervale 25 The Lakes 10
Woy Woy 31 (1) Hornsby 14
PRESIDENTS CUP (bonus points in brackets)
Avoca Beach 28 (1) Kariong 5
The Lakes 20 (1) Warnervale 0
Woy Woy 31 (1) Hornsby 5
Gosford 52 (1) The Entrance 14
COLTS (bonus points in brackets)
Ourimbah 17 Terrigal 7
Avoca Beach 22 Warnervale 12
Gosford 69 (1) Woy Woy 0
The Central Coast Rugby Union competition certainly opened up further this weekend after the matches in Round 8. The results have thrown open the Premier 1 competition and it is developing into one of the closest and most interesting Premiership title races in many years. No team in the competition can be taken for granted at this stage and most teams still have a chance of reaching the Top Four.
Terrigal did however maintain their undefeated record with a hard fought win over Ourimbah at The Haven Oval, running out victors by 31 points to 20. The match was an even battle for most of the 80 minutes but it was the home side who were always that little bit more in control. There was nothing in the first half with Terrigal only going to the halftime break leading by 15 points to 10. At that stage both teams knew they could win the clash. In fact both halves of the match proved very similar with Terrigal able to control proceedings on the paddock so also on the scoreboard by a very close margin. Terrigal had several very good players in the match. Flanker Sam Kenny continued to show great form and is certainly one of his team’s key players this year, and one of the in form players in this year’s competition. He was everywhere both in attack and defence. He was very well supported by fellow loose forward Ryan Metcalfe and hooker Ethan McInnes. McInnes, who is new to the club this year, has been outstanding and has certainly made his mark at the club this year. Prop Nathan Simpson also played very well and had one of his best games of the season. Ourimbah were always in the match but just could not bridge the gap on the scoreboard. Flanker Jarrod Grange had a great game for Ourimbah, and besides scoring a try, he was most effective in attack and defence. Other to play for the visitors were Sam Kearney and Matt King, while Steve Pike at lock made a real impact on the match. Terrigal, with the win, maintain that undefeated record, and remain at the top of the competition ladder.
In a minor upset, Kariong continued their wonderful recent form with a resounding win over Avoca Beach at Kariong Oval, running out convincing winners by 36 points to 7. Based on what has occurred in recent weeks, the win may have not been an upset, but the size of the win certainly was. Kariong played the better rugby for the entire match. They controlled proceedings from start to finish and looked the far more penetrative team for the 80 minutes. Their scrum was very good, and although their lineout had problems at time, they were able to control possession for large periods of time. It was a very good game of rugby. Kariong did dominate territory for large periods and were rewarded with 5 tries in the match. The scoreline of 5 tries to one was a indicator of the difference between the two teams on the day. Kariong had a very good first half and went to the break leading by 10 points to nil. They deserved that lead but knew they had plenty to do to maintain and increase that lead. Kariong continued in the same vein in the second half and were on the attack right from the start of the second half. They were able to jump to a very handy 24 points to 0 lead at the midway point of the second half. This was further increased to 29 points to nil before Avoca Beach were able to post any points on the scoreboard. Avoca Beach did have periods of very good attack but strong and organised defence by the home side was able to keep them out. Kariong had several very good players. The best was prop Cory Holwill, and he was well supported by hooker Justin Walker, No.8 Phil Brown and flanker Josh Bottero. Brown and Bottero formed a very impressive set of loose forwards and really did take the match to Avoca Beach. Avoca Beach were best served by fullback Nathan Brown, who never stopped trying, and hooker Josh Meadham. Kariong’s winger Jake Holwill capped off a good day for the home side, and himself, when he crossed for his third try, and his team’s fifth, right on fulltime. It was a very good result for the Kariong club who sit comfortably in the Top Four at this stage of the season. Avoca Beach will regroup after a couple of tough weeks and will be all the more strong because of recent defeats.
Warnervale scored their first win of the season in a very high scoring match at Woongarrah Oval. Warnervale defeated neighbouring club The Lakes by 39 points to 35 in a match that went right down to the wire. Warnervale got away to a great start and really did give themselves a great lead. They jumped to a 24 points to 11 lead at halftime and even further increased that early in the second half. At that stage it was all the home team. They were playing effective team rugby and were getting the rewards. However The Lakes were not to be denied. They came storming back into the match and all but snatched a win at the end. However it was always Warnervale who looked the winner and who played some great rugby. Warnervale had several very good players on the day. Their best players were flanker Tane Tonga, who crossed for 2 personal tries, halfback Brenton Acreman, inside centre Jack Hogan, and fellow centre Sione Branxton. The home side started the match well and gained the ascendancy and were able to hold off a fast finishing The Lakes side. The visiting team also had several very good performers. Best for them were five-eight Brendan Quigg, centre Paul Wilson and prop Glen Stone. These two teams are improving with every match and will trouble all teams from now on.
Woy Woy scored a very convincing win over Hornsby at Mark Taylor Oval running out winners by 51 points to 7. They were always in control and never looked in doubt of gaining a very pleasing win. Woy Woy led by 36 points to nil at the halftime break so the match was all tied up even at that stage. Hornsby did fight back at the start of the second half and to Hornsby’s great credit, that second stanza was a far more even struggle. However the damage had already been done on the scoreboard. Best players for Woy Woy were Chris Paseka, Sione Toki and Lapana Vitale while Sam White and Ben Astley gave their all for the home team. This was a good win to Woy Woy and cements their position in the Top four.
In President’s Cup at Gosford Showground, Gosford, after a quite even struggle in the early stages, proved too strong for The Entrance and ran out winners by 52 points to 14.