SATURDAY, 26th AUGUST, 2023
Avoca Beach 28
Henry Parker 2, Mitchell Briggs tries;
Shaun Townsend 3 penalty goals, 2 conversions
Adam Danckert 1 penalty goal
Jye Clack 2, Rob Peden, Sean Peruch, Jordan Clark tries;
Ryan Fenning 1 penalty goal, 2 conversions
Veipueki Siale 2, Tevita Piukala, Finn Wilson tries;
Sione Braxton 3 conversions
Jack O’Connor 3, Jade Gillespie 2, Ben Astley, Iane Simi, Hamish Perring, Cooper Davenport, William Onslow, Russell Yates tries
Hunter Bird 8 conversions;
Russell Yates 1 conversion
Woy Woy 0
Liam Dickson 3, Sam Underwood 3, Hugo Pike 2, Jackson Steinbeck 2, Ben Shelley 2, Ryan Conaghan 2, Justin Walker, Graham Porter, Kyle Young, Michael Jones, Tofua Fifita tries;
Ben Shelley 18 conversions
Lake Macquarie 0
Avoca Beach 17 Terrigal 15
Razorbacks 31 Warnervale 19
Woy Woy 17 Hornsby 12
Gosford 36 Lake Macquarie 0
Avoca Beach 18 Terrigal 17
Razorbacks 17 Warnervale 0
Gosford/Kariong 33 The Bay 10
Avoca Beach 17 Terrigal 0
Razorbacks 40 Warnervale 5
Hornsby 66 Woy Woy 0
The final round in Central Coast Rugby Union saw several enthralling games of rugby. The competition now heads into the Finals Series, so some teams continue on while others can hang up their boots for this season.
Avoca Beach travelled to The Haven Oval to meet arch rivals Terrigal and Avoca Beach proved too strong for the home side, running out winners by 28 points to 3. Terrigal were first to open the scoring when their five-eight Adam Danckert kicked a penalty goal. This 3 nil lead did not last long. Avoca Beach were quick to respond and they commenced their scoring by crossing for a converted try. Both teams were playing some concerted rugby as there was so much to play for. Avoca Beach continued the points scoring during the first half and they went to the halftime break leading by 18 points to 3. It was such a handy lead in what was expected to be a very tight contest. Avoca Beach had crossed for two vital tries in that first half while Terrigal were unable to cross the line. The second half continued in much the same vein with both teams giving their all. However, it was Avoca Beach who were to outlast Terrigal. Avoca Beach posted a further try in the second half while Terrigal were unable to trouble the scoreboard. Best players for Avoca Beach were five-eight Sam Evans, halfback Mitch Magrath, lock Matt Anderson, and flanker Matt Hurd. However, a feature of the match was the overall effective effort by the whole team. Terrigal were best served by forward Elekana Laupolo, prop Harry Gray and centre Harry Hughes. The win sees Avoca Beach take out the Miner Premiership and they have gone through the season with an undefeated record. Avoca Beach will now have the week off next week while Terrigal will face the Razorbacks in the Qualifying Final at Woy Woy Oval. Avoca Beach also take the Challenge Shield at the end of the 2023 season.
Warnervale were at home to host the Razorbacks at Woongarrah Oval and it was the Razorbacks who got the victory by 32 points to 26. It was a hard-fought contest from start to finish with plenty of ball movement and heavy contact. The Razorbacks got the better of the start and it was not long after kick-off that they had crossed for a try to taker an early lead of 5 points to nil. Warnervale were soon to respond and they took the lead with their own converted try. The first half was even stevens and the first 40 minutes went point for point. The two teams were locked at 12 points apiece at the halftime break so the match was certainly up for grabs at that stage. The Razorbacks took a certain amount of control in the first period of the second half and they had soon jumped to a handy 25 points to 12 lead. It seemed at that stage they would go on with it but Warnervale fought back and crossed for two tries late in the match. Both teams showed they have the form and the confidence to make inroads in the Finals Series over the next few weeks. Best players for the Razorbacks were winger Jye Clack, who crossed for 2 tries, No.8 Rob Peden, winger Sean Peruch and fullback Ryan Fenning. Warnervale’s best players were prop Veipueki Siale, five-eight Sione Braxton and No.8 Tevita Piukala. Both teams will be involved on Minor Semifinal day next Saturday – The Razorbacks take on Terrigal in the Qualifying Final, while Warnervale face Gosford in the Elimination Final.
Hornsby met Woy Woy at Woy Woy Oval and it was one way traffic for much of the match. Hornsby ran out winners by 73 points to nil. Hornsby started the match well and maintained possession and territory for much of the 80 minutes. Hornsby went point per minute in the first half and went to the halftime break leading by 42 points to nil. Woy Woy had no answer to the onslaught despite their best efforts. Hornsby continued to dominate in the second half and were able to post a further 31 points in the second half. Best players for Hornsby were hooker Angus Macqueen, and props Jackson Cole and Russell Yates, while Woy Woy‘s best performers were flanker Casey Woodford, winger Max Stride and five-eight Alex Moore.
Gosford travelled to Walters Park to meet Lake Macquarie. Gosford recorded a huge 131 points to nil victory. Gosford controlled proceedings from start to finish and were able to cross for 19 tries in the match. Gosford went to the halftime break leading by 70 points to nil and then continued on and posted another 61 points in the second stanza. Gosford certainly got rid of the cobwebs in preparation for their Minor Semifinal fixture next week. A feature of the match was the 46 personal points scored by Gosford halfback Ben Shelley. Best players for Gosford were No.8 Phil Brown, centre Sam Underwood and flanker Hugo Pike. Best efforts for Lake Macquarie were put in by five-eight Brendan Holliday, flanker Jarrod Scott and prop Matt Bartley.
The Women’s 10’s competition matches continued today. Avoca Beach, Hornsby and the Razorbacks all recording significant victories on the day. The Final Series will be Terrigal, Avoca Beach, The Lakes and the Razorbacks contesting the Finals this year.
TEAM LINEUPS ON SATURDAY :
Minor Semi Final Woy Woy Oval 2 September
4:15 pm Premier 1 Terrigal v. Razorbacks (Qualifying Semi-final)
2:15 pm Premier 1 Warnervale v. Gosford
1:10 pm Women’s 10’s The Lakes v. Razorbacks
11:30 am Premier 2 Razorbacks v. Warnervale
10.00 am President’s Cup Avoca Beach v. Gosford