High expectations at NSW Country Rugby Championships

The Central Coast Rugby Union will send representative teams to Armidale on the weekend of May 7 and 8 for the NSW Country Championships.

The Senior team plays Illawarra in the first round of the Caldwell Cup on Saturday afternoon. This is a must win game, and the winner continues on to the Cup Final on the Sunday. This will be against either Newcastle or Central North.

The team has had a difficult start to the year, with injuries and a change in coach, but things have come together in recent weeks. The team will have several experienced players including: Avoca Beach’s Luke Sheridan, Josh Meadham and Matt Anderson; Terrigal’s Joe Taylor, Sam Kenny and Dan Sargeant; Gosford’s Josh McGlynn, and Kariong’s Mitch Clay and Cory Holwill. A feature of the team will be the mixture of experience and youth.

The team is being coached by Stew Jenkins who has been in charge at Avoca Beach for many years. Jenkins has come on board after David Witt went overseas due to work commitments. In a very short space of time, Jenkins has made his mark on the team. The Colts will also compete in the NSW Country Championships in the top tier, and on Saturday will play New England. Coach Brett Marchant is in charge again and has been pleased with their recent training sessions, and the players are displaying much enthusiasm and commitment.

This Colts team is one of the best in many years, and the majority of the team are current Premier 1 players on the Central Coast. The winner of the Colts match on Saturday will go straight into the Final on Sunday. Both teams will travel to Armidale on Friday in readiness for the weekend’s NSW Country Championships.

Media release, May 2, 2016 Larry Thomson, Central Coast Rugby Union