SATURDAY, 16th JULY, 2022
Sione Piukala 2, Matt Martin tries;
Cameron McNamara 3 penalty goals,
Kane Williams, Jake Hubbard, Lindsay Rumble tries;
Scott Hanley 1 conversion, 1 penalty goals
Noah Hughes 2, Adam Danckert, Tod Atkins tries;
Adam Danckert 4 conversions, 1 penalty goal
The Lakes 24
Tim Poese 2, Brayden Hutchinson-Walters, Daniele Cakuseru tries;
Logan Hemopo 2 conversions
Avoca Beach 24
Mitchell Magrath 2, Fionn Henderson-Foley, Steve Pike tries;
Sam Evans 2 conversions
Russell Yates try
Josefa Biu 3, James Blanch 2, Rob Peden 2, Bett Cunningham, Charles Bose, Jarrod Grange, Ryan Bender tries;
Jarrod Grange 9 conversions
Ben Shelley, Joel Wagner tries
The Lakes 10 Terrigal 5
Kariong 33 Warnervale 26
Avoca Beach 44 Hornsby 7
Razorbacks 26 Gosford 14
The Lakes 42 Terrigal Blue 19
Avoca Beach 52 Hornsby 7
Woy Woy 29 The Bay 7
Terrigal 28 The Lakes 0
Warnervale 51 Kariong/Razorbacks 7
Avoca Beach 41 Hornsby 5
In the ‘Match of the Day’, Kariong travelled to Woongarah Oval to take on home team Warnervale. Competition leaders Kariong had a tough day and were defeated by Warnervale by 28 points to 20. Warnervale got away to a great start and they controlled proceedings in the early stages of the match. They kicked a penalty goal before they then crossed for two tries. It was a dominant start to the match against the competition leaders. Warnervale went to the halftime break leading by 18 points to 3 and were in a dominant position to secure a very welcome victory. Kariong hit their straps early in the second half. They were able to respond with a further 12 points to make the score Warnervale 18 Kariong 15 midway through the second half. Suddenly the match was up for grabs. However, Warnervale did respond and jumped ahead with their own converted try. Kariong did cross for a try late in the match but Warnervale hung on to gain a meritorious win. Best players for Warnervale were No.8 Tevita Piukala, lock Lachlan Natapu and centre Sione Piukala, who crossed for two individual tries. It was an important win for Warnervale who now one point off the top five. Best players for Kariong were centre Kane Williams, five-eight Josh McGlynn, and No.8 Logan Campbell.
The Terrigal versus The Lakes match was transferred to Ettalong Oval. Terrigal recorded a tight 31 points to 24 win over The Lakes. It was a necessary but not convenient venue change for the home team. The Lakes have become used to playing home matches away from home. Terrigal got away to a great start and within the opening few minutes of the start of the match had jumped to a 14 points to nil lead with two tries to flanker Noah Hughes. However, The Lakes, after this initial shock, hit back with their own tries, and by midway through the first half had even taken the lead in the match. They led by 17 points to 14 but a late penalty goal to Terrigal saw the two teams go into the halftime break locked at 17 points apiece. Terrigal were able to assert some authority early in the second half and were able to cross for two tries to jump to a very handy 31 points to17 midway through the second half. The Lakes did cross for a late converted try which was not enough for the victory but it did gain The Lakes 2 valuable bonus points for 4 tries and a loss by 7 points or less. Terrigal were best served by locks Macklan Collins and Joe Taylor, centre Harry Hughes and fullback Dan Sargeant, while for The Lakes, five-eight Brayden Hutchinson-Walters, Daniele Cakuseru and prop Connor Starkey were their best performers.
The Razorbacks versus Gosford clash was moved to Joseph Banks Oval due to the condition of Ourimbah Rugby Park. The match was a completely dominant performance by the Razorbacks, and they ran out victors by 73 points to 10. They controlled the match from start to finish and Gosford simply had no answer to the onslaught. The Razorbacks led by 42 points to 5 at the halftime break and so the match was tightly secured even at that stage. It was a tough day for Gosford who continued to give their best but it was just was not good enough on the day. The Razorbacks were able to post a further 31 points in the second stanza to continue on for the comfortable win. The Razorbacks posted 11 tries in the match with lock Josefa Biu crossing for 3 individual tries. Best players for the Razorbacks were flanker James Blanch, centre Jarrod Grange, who was able to post a total of 23 points, centre Owen Turner and prop Brett Cunningham. Best for Gosford were five-eight Sam Underwood, centre Richard Cully, flanker Jackson Steinbeck and No.8 Joel Wagner.
Hornsby hosted Avoca Beach at Pennant Hills Oval No. 1. Avoca Beach were able to secure an important victory by 24 points to 5. The match was played in very heavy conditions. This resulted in the first half developing into a rather dour battle with both teams struggling to get their rhythm. The damp conditions under foot resulted in the first half being a very even struggle and in fact the two teams went to the halftime break locked at 5 points apiece. It seemed the match was very much up for grabs at that stage. However, it was Avoca Beach who asserted their authority in the second half and were able to respond with all the points in the second half. They posted a further 3 tries while the home team was unable to increase their score. It was an important bonus point win for Avoca Beach and sees them in second spot on the competition ladder. Avoca Beach were best served by hooker Cooper Elliott, flanker Fionn Henderson-Foley, halfback Mitch Magrath and prop Matt Ritchie. Best for Hornsby were prop Greg Yates, centre Harry Fox, and flanker Cooper Davenport.
On Friday night, The Bay lost their President’s Cup clash with Woy Woy by 29 points to 7, in what proved a tough tussle throughout.
Women’s 10’s rugby continued with some excellent matches. Wins were recorded by Terrigal, Warnervale and Avoca Beach. These wins see Terrigal and Avoca Beach locked in a tight struggle at the top of the competition ladder.