SATURDAY, 5th AUGUST, 2023
Avoca Beach 26
Shaun Townsend, Alex Halls tries;
Fionn Henderson-Foley 4 penalty goals, 2 conversions
Michael Jones try;
Ben Shelley 4 penalty goals
Rob Peden 2, Sean Peruch 2, Alifereti Joji, Lachlan Peruch, Steven Finley tries;
Alifereti Joji 6 conversions
Hunter Bird 1 penalty goal
Jack Hogan 2, Kye Haslam, Hosea Fotukava, Sione Braxton tries;
Ben Austine 2 conversions
The Lakes 12
Lathan Hutchinson-Walters, Sione Vaenuku tries;
Lathan Hutchinson-Walters 1 conversion
Blake Irwin 3, Ulisese Tagiilima Esene 2, Harry Hughes, Antonio Cunha, Brent Merritt, Tim Grant, Todd Atkins, Jackson Ryan, Will Shipton, Josh Moorhouse tries; Penalty Try;
Blake Irwin 7 conversions
Woy Woy 5
Atticus Fotofili try
Avoca Beach 26 Gosford 12
Razorbacks 81 Hornsby 0
Warnervale 33 The Lakes 24
Terrigal 127 Woy Woy 0
Avoca Beach 26 Gosford/Kariong 26
The Bay 27 Terrigal 26
Razorbacks 27 Warnervale 5
Razorbacks 24 Hornsby 20
Terrigal 28 Woy Woy 0
The Lakes 61 Warnervale 7
The ‘Match of the Day’ at Gosford Rugby Field saw the home team Gosford go down to Avoca Beach by 26 points to 17. This was a hard-fought contest from start to finish, with numerous phases of some bruising rugby. Gosford opened the scoring with a penalty goal to halfback Ben Shelly but Avoca Beach were quick to reply with their own penalty goal to flanker Fionn Henderson-Foley. This score line remained the same for quite awhile until Gosford crossed for their only try in the match. They led by 8 points 3 midway through the first half. Avoca Beach responded with two penalty goals to take back the lead by 9 points to 8 with the first half drawing to an end. It was developing into a great game of rugby with both sides throwing everything into the match. It was physical, but with some great ball movement. Both teams on numerous occasions looked like crossing for a try. Gosford regained the lead right on halftime with a further penalty goal, and they went to the halftime break leading by 11 points to 9. It was not long into the second half before the visitors took the lead once again with a great try to their winger Shaun Townsend. The remainder of the match was a real arm wrestle but Gosford were never able to regain the lead in the match. The scores remained close and the match ended with Gosford on continual attack on the Avoca Beach goal line. But it was all to no avail. Avoca Beach scored 2 tries to one and that fact alone showed the intensity and tightness of the contest. Best players for Avoca Beach were hooker Bradd Sheridan, lock Michael Hobden and centre Alex Halls, while best efforts for Gosford were put in by lock Taylor Mildren, five-eight Josh McGlynn and half back Ben Shelley. Avoca Beach maintains their unbeaten run, leading into the Finals.
The clash at Ourimbah Rugby Park saw the Razorbacks score a comfortable victory over Hornsby by 47 points to 3. The Razorbacks got away to the better start and they opened the scoring with two successive converted tries to lead by 14 points to 3. They continued to dominant proceedings and they were taking control of territory and possession. The Razorbacks went to the halftime break leading by the very handy margin of 21 points to 3. They continued in much the same vein in the second half and were able to post a further 26 points in the second half, while Hornsby were unable to trouble the scorers during that period. It was a strong performance by the home team and continues their good form at this important end of the season. Best players for the Razorbacks were flankers Matt Martin and Rob Peden, fullback Alifereti Joji, who posted 17 individual points, and centre Connor Moran. Hornsby were best served by hooker Cooper Davenport, lock Dominic Cole and consistent No.8 Hamish Perring.
Warnervale proved too strong for The Lakes in their clash at Slade Park, running out victors by 29 points to 12. It certainly was not one way traffic by any means, and the match was hard fought, and a typical clash between the two neighbouring clubs. The Lakes opened the scoring with a converted try and a 7 points to nil lead. Warnervale soon squared this up with their own converted try, and this 7 all score remained the situation for quite awhile. However, it was Warnervale who gained the ascendancy late in the first half and were able to cross for a further two tries in that period. As a result, Warnervale went to the halftime break with a handy 19 points to 7 lead. The second half proved an even more even battle with scores remaining quite tight in the final 40 minutes. Warnervale did outscore The Lakes by 10 points to 5, but there was not too much between the two teams. Best players for Warnervale were halfback Harry Sexton, flanker Kye Haslam and No.8 Tevita Piukala. Best efforts for The Lakes were put in by centre Lathan Hutchinson-Walters and fullback Sione Vaenuku. It was an important win for Warnervale who now leapfrog Gosford into fourth spot on the competition ladder.
Terrigal and Woy Woy met at Woy Woy Oval and Terrigal recorded a convincing victory over the home team by 86 points to 5. It was a most dominant performance by the visitors and they controlled proceedings across the entire 80 minutes. The first half saw some good rugby from both teams but it was Terrigal who went to the halftime break leading by 36 points to 5. They were already in control of the match even at that stage. They were then able to continue on and post a further 50 points in the second half. Best players for Terrigal were flanker Noah Hughes, five-eight Jye Cornish, lock Zack Byrne, while winger Blake Irwin posted a tally of 29 personal points. Woy Woy were best served by No.8 Atticus Fotofili, who crossed for their lone try, fullback Ulysses Fotofili and the Stride brothers, Zac, Jazper and Max.
The Women’s 10’s competition matches continued today. Terrigal, The Lakes and the Razorbacks all recording significant victories on the day.