MINOR SEMIFINAL DAY
WOY WOY OVAL
SATURDAY, 2nd SEPTEMBER, 2023
PREMIER 1 QUALIFYING FINAL
Alifereti Joji, Lachlan Peruch tries; Penalty Try;
Ryan Fenning 1 conversion, 1 penalty goal
Macklan Collins, Brent Merritt tries;
Adam Danckert 1 conversion, 3 penalty goals
PREMIER 1 ELIMINATION FINAL
Enosi Falekaono 2, Kye Haslam, Tevita Piukala tries;
Sione Braxton 3 conversions, 2 penalty goals
Mitch Clay, Joel Wagner tries;
Ben Shelley 1penalty goal
Toby Carver, Cameron McGinn, Alifereti Joji tries;
Edan Sirone 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals
Cameron McNamara 2, Atunaisa Turagabeci tries;
TJ Teekafa 1 conversion
Toutai Aho try;
Jack Waining 1 conversion, 1 penalty goal
Avoca Beach 9
Matthew Kiddle 3 penalty goals
The Lakes 22
Alicia Weir, Terina Haami, Charli Campbell, Gloria Kaati tries;
Kirstie Lawson 1 conversion
Sharni Mason, Darby Clark, Lorna Martin tries;
Sharni Mason 3 conversions
In the Premier 1 Elimination Semi-final at Woy Woy Oval, Warnervale outlasted Gosford to win by 32 points to 13. It was a hard-fought contest from start to finish and it was only in the final 20 minutes that Warnervale had cemented the victory. Gosford opened the scoring with a penalty goal to lead 3 points to nil. The opening stages of the match were very even with both teams moving their ball from one end of the field to the other. Warnervale took the lead in the 14th minute with a great try. However, this lead of 7 points to 3 did not last long. Gosford responded with their own try soon after to regain the lead by 8 points to 7. It was a seesawing tussle with both teams giving their all. Both teams knew it was sudden death and they were putting everything into the contest. Warnervale then took the lead with a penalty goal. Gosford crossed for their second try at the 24th minute to once again gain the ascendancy on the scoreboard. It was proving to be a gripping match. Right on halftime Warnervale kicked a penalty goal to make the scores 13 all and that was the
score line at the halftime break. The lead had changed several times in the first 40 minutes and it was anyone’s match at that stage. The match continued in much the same vein in the opening stages of the second half. However early in the second half Gosford lost a player to a red card and that charged the whole complexion of the match. Warnervale were able to take control of territory for the first 20 minutes of the second half but still were unable to break the 13 all deadlock. Some great Gosford defence kept the Warnervale attack out. However in the 23rd minute the deadlock was broken when Warnervale crossed for their second try. Warnervale crossed for a further 2 tries in the final 15 minutes to cement the win. Warnervale had some standout players but none were better than No.8 Tevita Piukala, five-eight Sione Braxton and lock Enosi Falekaono, who crossed for 2 tries. Gosford were best served by locks Mitch Parker and Taylor Mildren, and five-eight Josh McGlynn. Warnervale
continue on in the Finals Series and next Saturday will meet Terrigal in the Minor Semifinal. The season ends for Gosford in what has been a pleasing year for them.
The Qualifying Semi-final between Terrigal and the Razorbacks proved an enthralling contest. The Razorbacks were able to win 22 points to 21 but not until after a titanic struggle right until the fulltime hooter. Terrigal had the better of the first half and went to the halftime beak leading by 15 points to nil. Terrigal opened the scoring in the 5th minute with a converted try and then they increased that lead to 10 nil with a penalty goal to their five-eight Adam Danckert. It was just the start that Terrigal wanted. They controlled most plays in the first half and had most of the territory and possession. At the 32nd minute Terrigal went further ahead with a second try and this 15 nil lead was to be the score at the halftime break. It appeared at that stage that Terrigal would go on with it. Best players for Terrigal to this point were lock Macklan Collins, and props Harry Gray and Antonio Cunha. The start of the second half saw the match evened up a little. Both teams kicked a penalty goal each to make the score 18 points to 3 at the 10th minute mark of the second half. The Razorbacks were starting to find their groove and certainly were back into the contest when they crossed for their first try at the 15th minute mark. Suddenly the score was 18-10 and the things were changing on the paddock. Terrigal did kick a further penalty goal to lead by 21 points to 10 at the midway point of the second half. It was the Razorbacks who were asserting their authority in the final quarter of the match. They crossed for two tries, at the 26th and 30th minute, of the second half and suddenly they had taken the lead by a single point, 22 points to 21. Best players for the Razorbacks at this stage were centre Owen Turner, prop Mackenzie Zammit and flanker Matt Martin. The game had proved definitely to be a match of two halves – Terrigal’s domination early then the Razorbacks taking control in the latter stages of the match. The Razorbacks were able to hang on in the final stages of the match, and the final score of Razorbacks 22 Terrigal 21 sees the Razorbacks take on Avoca Beach in the Major Semi-final next Saturday, and Terrigal will meet Warnervale in the elimination Minor Semi-final, also next Saturday.
The Premier 2 Minor Semi-final saw an arm wrestle from start to finish.
The Razorbacks were able to outlast Warnervale by 23 points to 17. It was a see-sawing match throughout. Warnervale opened the scoring with a converted try before the Razorbacks responded with their own try. Both teams scored a further try each in the first half which saw Warnervale go to the halftime break leading by 12 points to 10. The match was up for grabs at that stage. At the midway point of the second half scores were locked at 17 points apiece so the match was going right down to the wire – and so it proved. Both teams had their chances to cement the victory in the second half but it was the Razorbacks, with two late penalty goals, that sealed the win. Even right at fulltime, Warnervale had their chances to snatch victory but it was not to be. The Razorbacks continue on and will play in the Preliminary Final in 2 weeks time, while the season ends for Warnervale.
Gosford/Kariong were able to win the President’s Cup Minor Semi-final defeating Avoca Beach by the narrow margin of 10 points to 9. Avoca Beach kicked an early penalty goal to lead 3 nil early on and then a second penalty goal to them saw them jump to a 6 points to nil lead. This was the score at halftime so there was not too much between the two teams. Gosford/Kariong took the lead midway through the second half when they crossed for the only try in the match. This try proved the difference in the match. Avoca beach did regain the lead 9-7 for awhile before Gosford/Kariong kicked a penalty goal late in the match to seal the win. It was a gripping contest throughout, however the win sees Gosford/Kariong continue on while the season ends for Avoca Beach.
The Women’s 10’s Minor Semi-final saw The Lakes defeat the Razorbacks by 22 points to 21. The Razorbacks got away to a great start and it was not too long before they led by 14 points to nil following the scoring of two great tries. The Lakes scored right on halftime to reduce the score to 14 points to 7 at the halftime break. The second half saw The Lakes gradually bridge the gap. It was The Lakes who did cross for three tries in the second half. The last try, scored after the fulltime hooter, saw The Lakes snatch victory by the single point. It was such a close match with neither team deserving to lose. However it is The Lakes who continue on and will play in the Preliminary Final in 2 weeks time while the Razorback’s season ends.
Major Semifinal Day next week …………………
Major Semi Final Day Woy Woy Oval
TEAM LINEUPS ON SATURDAY :
Major Semi Final Day Woy Woy Oval 9 September
10:00 am President’s Cup Razorbacks v. Terrigal
11:30 am Premier 2 Terrigal v. Avoca Beach
1:10 pm Women’s 10’s Terrigal v. Avoca Beach
2:15 pm Premier 1 Terrigal v. Warnervale
4:15 pm Premier 1 Avoca Beach v. Razorbacks (Major Semi-final)