THE Redcliffe Dolphins already without skipper Troy Lindsay also have lost veteran prop Adam Starr Qld u'19 second rower Gavin Cooper and the speedster Joel Barnes for todays clash with the Central Comets at Dolphin Oval but on the positive side it has allowed coach Neil Wharton to call up some players from second grade.
The Club's April player of the month Luke Bishop
will come into the side along with debutants Mark Brown and Liam Georgetown.
Georgetown a speedy winger has been a pointscoring machine in Rob Campbell's A Grade team. While Brown adds to the list of second generation Dolphin first graders. His father former Origin and Test prop Dave Brown will no doubt be looking on from the sidelines today while his son goes into battle for the Dolphins.
Dave was a member of the Redcliffe side that played in the last BRL grand final before the inception of the Broncos in 1987.
REDCLIFFE punished Ipswich early in defence to set up their 34-8 win at Dolphin Oval last Saturday. The Dolphins scored four tries in 12 minutes in the lead up to halftime to lead 28-4 at the break. They had earlier unsettled the Jets who had taken a 4-nil lead through a try to former Dolphin Tim Gee from a grubber kick.
The Jets started with intent but lost continuity after being repeatedly smashed by a fired up Redcliffe pack that it was keen to show it?s quality after being labelled soft by a couple of Clydesdales players in their encounter last game.
The match statistics show that both sides had a fairly even completion rate and time in possession. But the key stat was the miss tackle count which Redcliffe missed 17 and Ipswich 30. It was a big improvement from the last game when the Dolphins missed 45 tackles.
Forwards Andrew Wynyard and Nathan Sologinkin impressed early on and hooker Nathan Black showed the speed that Coach Wharton was looking for from the dummy half area. The highlight of the Dolphins first half display apart from Shane Perry?s masterful performance leading the Dolphins around the park from five-eighth, was chase of four or five Dolphin defenders on a Perry kick.
Danny Green led the charge and jolted the ball free from a hapless Jet and centre Damien Richters was on hand to score the four pointer. Halfback Michael Roberts also earned the praise of his coach after a disappointing game against Toowoomba. Roberts was back to his best with a strong running game and set up both of Perry?s tries with a deft pass and a clever kick.
The Dolphins effort was even more commendable considering the penalty count was 9-1 to the Jets.
But it was definitely Shane Perry who was the dominant player on the field on Saturday. He played surperbly behind a forward pack that went forward all day. Perry?s passing and kicking game oozed class throwing the final pass to Phil Shilvock and Trent Leis?s tries.
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THE Redcliffe Pepsi Dolphins bounced back from a loss to the Toowoomba Clydesdales with an impressive 34-8 win over the Jets. In the lower grades the A Grade side won a scrappy encounter 20-10 while the Colts defeated a determined Ipswich Side 20-18.
The award winners were:
Searle?s Garden Products Player of the Match
Keystar Motors Player?s Player of the Match
Hogs Breath Caf? Player of the Match
Leading Edge Sports Player of the Match
Old Boys Play of the Day
The monthly award winners were
Redcliffe Leagues Team of the Month
Belvedere Hotel Player of the Month
Attacking Player of the Month
Defensive Player of the Month
A 24-point turnaround in the lead up to halftime spelt disaster for the Pepsi Dolphins in their 38-22 loss to the Central Comets at Dolphin Oval last Sunday. Two intercept tries took the Comets out to a 32-10 lead at the break with both tries length of the field efforts after the Dolphins looked like scoring.
The 22 point deficit proved to be too big for the Dolphins despite reducing the margin to 10 points 15 minutes into the second half. But it would be selling the Comets effort short if you said that the two intercepts were the only reasons for first win at Dolphin Oval. They dominated around the middle of ruck with their quick men making the most of the platform laid by their big men.
The Dolphins who were without Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr and Gavin Cooper but Coach Neil Wharton refused to use that as excuse either. Wharton was pleased with the efforts of workaholic lock Grant Flugge, winger Phil Shilvock and Damien Richters. But it was in the middle where the Dolphins lost the game where they didn?t defend well enough. And with the A Grade now stringing together 6 wins in a row some of their players must be very close to making the step up to Queensland Cup.
On the positive side for the Dolphins Liam Georgetown and Mark Brown made their Queensland Cup debuts. In particular Brown who?s quick play the balls got Redcliffe on a roll on during his stay on the field. Brown is a second generation Dolphin first grader with his father former International Dave Brown having played a season with Redcliffe in 1987.
Comets 38 (R.Cullen 3, C.Rothery 2, W. Rothery, R.Bromley tries G.Parle 5 goals)
Redcliffe 22 (D.Richters, L.Georgetown, S.Perry tries D.Richters 3 goals)
IT wasn't the best weekend for the Dolphins losing both the Colts and Queensland Cup games and slipping back to third on the Club Championship table. But it's not all doom and gloom down at Dolphin Oval. Bertie Campbell's A Grade side have strung together a few good games in a row and there are quite a few players pressing for first grade selection.
THE Dolphins Awards winners from Round 6 are
Searles Gardens Products Man of the Match
Keystar Motors Players Player
Hogs Breath Cafe Man of the Match
Leading Edge Sports Man of the Match
Old Boys Play of the Day
AFTER a week off the Pepsi Dolphins are looking forward to getting back on to the paddock this weekend against the Ipswich Jets.
Congratulations go to Charles Vis and Gavin Cooper for their selection in the Queensland Under 19's team to play NSW.
Wayne Bond's good form has not only forced Terry Jones to comeback from injury in Colts but also earned him training stints with the first grade side. Should anything happen to Michael Roberts coach Wharton will have to look no further than the 17 year old Bond as his replacement.
A few lower grade players are starting to make their returns from injury with Val Fa'amoe, Bede Tuohy, Daley White, Sam Fillery and Daniel Jones all due to make returns to field this weekend.
Coach Wharton has made a couple of changes to the Queensland Cup side for the ABC TV game against Ipswich at Dolphin Oval this Saturday. Phil Shilvock returns after attending his sisters wedding two weeks ago and A Grade hooker Nathan Black makes his first grade debut.
The full Qld Cup side is
Troy Lindsay (c)
TWEED Heads gave Redcliffe their first tough game of 2004 on Saturday at Dolphin Oval. The Dolphins were found wanting for much of the game but prevailed 25 - 18 after a much improved second half performance.
IN the first of a series of interviews with past and present Redcliffe players I had the pleasure to catch up with Dolphin legend Bob Jones.
Bob came to Redcliffe from Gunnedah in 1975 to play with the Dolphins and has been here ever since except for 1977 when he went to Sydney to play for the Roosters in the then Sydney competition.