The 2017 Central Coast Rugby season continued to heat up in Round 3, with most matches over the weekend of April 22 resulting in quite dominant results.
The Match of the Day at Woongarrah Oval was a reasonably tight encounter for much of the match, but Warnervale was able to defeat Kariong by 20 points to 7. Warnervale was able to score two tries to one in the match. Kariong had periods of dominance and used their backline well. However, the Warnervale forward pack were up to the task and were able to play some very good rugby to allow the home side to control the ruck and maul situation.
Warnervale had several very good players in the match, but none were better than fl anker, Cameron McNamara. He was everywhere in attack and defence and his goal kicking allowed his team to get ahead on the scoreboard. Halfback, Brenton Acreman, scored a good try and was able to supply good ball to his support players. The result shows that both of these teams will go well this year, however the win to Warnervale sees them very well placed at the top of the competition ladder. Ourimbah stormed home to defeat Gosford by 41 points to 7 at Ourimbah Rugby Park.
The first half was a quite even struggle with both teams having their chances of gaining the ascendancy. Gosford did open the scoring with a converted try to Sam Underwood, but that was the end of their scoring feats. Ourimbah took the lead in the fi rst half and they went to the break leading by 13 points to 7. The second half was all Ourimbah. They went on to score 6 tries to one in the match. The feature of the match was the try scoring of their lock, Joesefa Biu, who scored four tries in this match, where he proved almost unstoppable. This performance follows his fi ve tries he scored in their last match.
He was defi nitely the player of the match. He was very well supported by Rob Richardson, Oliver Dark and Caleb Pritchard. The win sees Ourimbah with two wins from two matches and placed at the top of the competition ladder with Warnervale. Terrigal had a resounding win over The Lakes at The Haven Oval, running out victors by 75 points to 8.
Source: Media release, Apr 23, 2017 Larry Thomson, Central Coast Rugby Union