SATURDAY, 5th JUNE, 2021
PREMIER 1 (bonus points in brackets)
The Lakes 40 (1)
Peni Rauluni 2, Noah Halaapiapi, Mojee Seru, Macui Rauluni, Ray Kaati tries;
Logan Hemopo 5 conversions
Avoca Beach 34 (2)
Mitchell Briggs, Matthew Kiddle, Jake McPhie, Josh Parish, Sam Evans tries;
Shaun Townsend 1 conversion;
Matthew Kiddle 2 conversions, 1 penalty goal
Terrigal 37 (1)
Richard Hooper 2, Sam Kenny, Jye Cornish, Ethan McInnes tries;
Adam Danckert 3 conversions, 2 penalty goals
Woy Woy 15
Mitieli Tamani, Philip Shaw tries;
Corby Delaforce 1 conversion, 1 penalty goal
Razorbacks 35 (1)
Edan Sirone, Selesitino Penisoni, Matt Martin, Caleb Pritchard tries; Penalty Try;
Jarrod Grange 4 conversions
Lachlan Natapu try;
Cameron McNamara 1 penalty goal
PREMIER 2 (bonus points in brackets)
The Lakes 8 Avoca Beach 7 (1)
Terrigal 55 (1) Woy Woy 19
Razorbacks 34 (1) Warnervale 0
PRESIDENTS CUP (bonus points in brackets)
Hornsby 31 (1) The Bay 15
Avoca Beach 33 (1) The Lakes 5
Kariong 36 (1) Terrigal White 29 (2)
WOMEN (bonus points in brackets)
Avoca Beach 30 (1) The Lakes 5
Terrigal 17 Gosford/Woy Woy 12 (1)
Warnervale 31 (1) Razorbacks 12
At the midway point of the Central Coast Rugby Union season, the Swietelsky Shield Premier 1 rugby competition witnessed some enthralling contests yesterday, with some interesting results. Once again, because of the results yesterday, the positioning on the Points Table in Premier changed considerably.
The Match of the Day at Heazlett Park saw The Lakes defeat the home side Avoca Beach by 40 points to 34. In what proved a see sawing match, and one with plenty of points on offer, it was not until the final quarter of the match that there was any clue on the victor in this contest. Avoca Beach started the match strongly and was able to cross for two early tries to take a 12 points to nil lead. It seemed that early on the home team were laying the platform for a successful day. However The Lakes did not take long to hit back and they themselves soon crossed for two tries and they were able to take the lead by 14 points to 12 late in the first half. This was a feature of the match right through until the final stages of the clash - the fact that the lead changes quite regularly. In fat the lead changed 5 times over the 80 minutes. It all made for a very exciting clash for those in attendance. Avoca Beach was able to kick a penalty goal just before half time to take the lead at the break by the single point, 15-14. It was certainly an exciting game of rugby, and one which was displaying all the pressures of gaining that vital win. The Lakes crossed for a further try early in the second half to regain the lead 19-15, before Avoca Beach quickly responded with their own try to once again take the lead 22-19. As stated before, it was proving an enthralling game of rugby. It was at the mid stage of this second half that The Lakes did jump to a reasonable lead in the match. Through some excellent play, they very quickly jumped to a 40 points to 22 lead and suddenly all seemed lost for the home team. However they were not to be denied. Avoca Beach finished strongly, crossing for 2 further tries late in the match – 2 tries that gained the home side 2 vital bonus points. It was a significant win for The Lakes in what is proving a very close race to the Finals. Best players for The Lakes were centre Gable Gardiner, fullback Macui Rauluni and flanker Reihana Hemopo. Best for Avoca Beach were fullback Mitchell Briggs, winger Josh Parish, centre Mitch Jacob and flanker Eden McQueen.
Terrigal recorded a 37 points to 15 victory over Woy Woy at The Haven Oval. The first half of this match was very evenly fought and there was nothing between the two teams at the halftime break. Terrigal started very strongly and before very long had crossed for 2 tries. This 12 points to lead so early in the match seemed quite ominous but it was not to be. Woy Woy had other ideas and played some very tough rugby for the remainder of the half to get back into the match. Woy Woy kicked a penalty goal, then scored a good try to make the score 12-10 late in the first half. This remained the score at the halftime break. Terrigal suddenly knew they were in for a real battle. This was proved even more so early in the second half when Woy Woy crossed for a try in the corner and they took the lead in the match by 15 points to 12. Suddenly everyone was in full interest in the match. Some of the tackles from the Woy Woy players were hard and Terrigal knew they had a struggle to regain the ascendancy in this clash. However this is what happened. Slowly the Terrigal side worked themselves back into the lead and then went on to record what seemed a comfortable win, based on the scoreline. But this was not so. It was a hard fought match with some high standard rugby on display from both teams. Terrigal knew they had the victory sealed up in the final 15 minutes of the match but they knew they had been in a game of rugby. Best players for Terrigal were half back Jye Cornish, five-eight Adam Danckert and winger Dylon Calabria. Woy Woy had several good performances but none were better than lock Bruce Folau, flanker Jazper Doak-Stride, and No 8. Philip Shaw. Woy Woy will trouble all teams in the second half of the season. The win sees Terrigal placed on top of the competition ladder at the midway point of the season.
The Razorbacks were able to defeat Warnervale by 35 points to 8 at Ourimbah Rugby Park. It was a very even struggle early on but the further the match went on the stronger the Razorbacks became and the further they went ahead on the scoreboard. The Razorbacks opened the scoring with a converted try which the visitors quickly responded to with a penalty goal to make the score Razorbacks 7 Warnervale 3. This remained the score for quite awhile before the home side crossed for their second converted try close to the break to lead by 14 points to 3. This was the halftime score and it was quite a good indicator of the flow of the match up until that stage. The second half gradually saw the Razorbacks increase their lead and thus secure the victory. They led by 21 points to 3 before Warnervale crossed for their only try in the match. A couple of late tries to the Razorbacks saw them home for a 35 points to 8 win. The victory sees the Razorbacks in second spot on the ladder in what is a very tightly bunched race to the Finals. Warnervale, although not getting any wins so far this season, are certainly a threat to all teams and they will certainly prepare to cause some headaches on the paddock in the second half of the season. Best players for the Razorbacks were flanker Jarrod Grange, five-eight Pat Martin and lock James Mann, while for Warnervale, fullback Sevanaia Nabetelelu, hooker Cameron McNamara, and five-eight Ben Butler, on his return from injury, were outstanding.
Hornsby proved too strong for The Bay in President’s Cup at Mark Taylor Oval, running out winners by 31 points to 15.
Women’s Match Report: Round Nine 5/06/2021
by Bronte Doorn
Avoca Beach 30 The Lakes 5
Terrigal 17 Gosford/Woy Woy 12
Warnervale 31 Razorbacks 12
Avoca Beach hosted the Ladies of the Lakes over the weekend in what was a hard fought, physical match. Favorites to win, Avoca Beach did well not to underestimate the visiting side. The Ladies of the Lakes were incredibly tough defensively making the Sharks fight hard for every point. Avoca scored first, out wide after a successful set piece. The power and skill of The Lakes forwards forced Avoca to consider an alternative route to the try line, with most of their tries out wide. The visiting side made valuable carries, drawing 2 to 3 defenders each run, gaining excellent metres each run. However, easy errors proved costly for The Lakes, giving the Sharks plenty opportunities to go hunting for points. The Lakes ended the match with an impressive try off a string of penalties, with a final score of 30-5.
Gosford/ Woy Woy travelled over the Rip Bridge to play Terrigal in what would be the match of the day. The relatively new and dynamic joint venture of Gosford/Woy Woy against the stalwart outfit of the Terrigal Trojans created an atmosphere of anticipation. Wosford won the toss and chose to receive hoping to capitalize early through the speed of their back line. Terrigal dominated the possession and territory in the first half scoring early with 2 tries and later a third to Jess Brooks on the edges, earning her player’s player performance. Wosford responded in the second half through speed and agility. It was Vic Scott with her defensive effort in the middle of the park that denied some electric attack from Gosford/Woy Woy. It was a close and exciting battle of two very talented teams in a great representation of the women’s games to mark Ladies Day at the Trojans.
An exciting day of women’s rugby ensured at the Pig Pen on Saturday. A classy yet competitive game was held between the Razorbacks and the Cats. From the kickoff, Warnervale women were strong off the mark, with captain Danielle Theron scoring first. It was a slow start for the home side, struggling to maintain possession, but showed great determination in their scrum strength. Set pieces from both teams were strong and clinical. The cats crossed the line for a few more tries from Georgia, Terina, Kalaye and Danielle. The first half Warnervale dominated. The second half the Cats received a few injuries and gave Ourimbah the opportunity to fight back. Ourimbah scored two great tries from Ellie and Makayla, but it was a little too late with the final score reading 31-12 to the Cats. It is always a pleasure watching these two sides play, there was nothing but sportsmanship on and off the field.
Round 9 sees us halfway through the season. The women's teams will be taking the Long Weekend off, with many players selected into the Central Coast Women’s XV’s side. The side will travel to Tamworth in what will be an exciting weekend of Rugby. Good luck to all playing!