WITH a bye in the last round the Dolphins finished off the season proper with one win, one draw and one loss against Tweed at Dolphin Oval last Saturday.
LAST weekend saw the Dolphins lower grades suffer convincing defeats at Kirby Park against Aspley while the Wizard Cup side bounced back with a satisfying win over the Toowoomba Clydesdales at Clive Berghofer Stadium.
THE battle of the Bayside Clubs last weekend at Dolphin Oval saw the Dolphins take the spoils in the Colts and A Grade while Wynnum broke a long standing trend by handing the Dolphins a thrashing in the QLD Wizard Cup clash.
THE three games at Dolphin Oval last weekend saw the side that got out of the gates early go on and win the match. Norths were successful in Colts and A Grade while the Dolphins Premier Grade prevailed over the Devils.The Colts game started out slowly for the Dolphins with their fancied rivals scooting to an 18 nil score line, the young Dolphins found some composure and through the middle section of the game looked to have the upper hand clawing the margin back to 18-16. A couple of missed opportunities which would have seen the side wrestle the lead from Norths proved crucial with the visitors counter punching racing away to a 42-22 win. The Dolphins weren?t too far of the mark here and will learn some lessons from this game which will hold them in good stead for the upcoming weeks. Joel Romelo, Sam Schull, Tim Benson and Foisa Peni all stood tall with Joel the deserved winner of the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match Award.The A Grade suffered a disappointing loss to the lowly placed Norths with a well below par performance. Enthusiasm counts for a lot in our game and unfortunately the Dolphins fell short in this area while the Devils jumped out of the gates with all guns blazing shooting to a 16 nil lead. The Dolphins got it back to 16-10 at half time however after the break the trend of the game continued with the visitors running out comfortable 40 points to 22 winners. Despite the loss there were a number of stand out performers for the Dolphins with Chris Giumelli, Chris Jelich, Dom Fallini and Scott Gillis performing well with Jelich getting the nod for the HOGS BREATH CAF? Man of the Match. Today is an important game for the side with Wynnum in fifth place just one point ahead of the Dolphins on the competition ladder.The Premier Grade started the game in blazing form running up 22 unanswered points in the opening 20 minutes before a bit of tit for tat scoring gave the game its 36-12 half time score line. The start of the second half saw the Dolphins squander a couple of scoring opportunities which opened the door for Norths to stage a comeback. Three quick tries closed the margin to 10 points however the Dolphins rose to the challenge and were able to steady the ship and ran out 48 points to 30 winners with defense not featuring in the games highlights. Adam Starr returned from QLD duties with a tireless effort to get the KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player Award while Danny Burke was voted the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match. Nick Walker and Danny Green continued their impressive comebacks with solid performances and won?t be too far away from hitting their straps.The Dolphins wish Alwyn Simpson a speedy recovery after he was hit by a car on his moped. Fortunately no serious damage was done however some leg injuries look to have ended his season prematurely.Congratulations to Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr, Ryan Cullen and Mick Roberts who acquitted themselves well in the QLD Residents side. Unfortunately the side was beaten 28-20 by NSW however from all accounts it was a good contest.This Weeks TeamsQueensland Wizard Cup1. Ryan CULLEN 2. Tim YEE 3. Greg BOURKE 4. Kaine MANIHERA5. Chris GIUMELLI 6. Nick EMMETT 7. Marty TURNER 13.Gerard PARLE 12. Danny BURKE 11. Grant FLUGGE 10. Adam STARR 9. Michael ROBERTS 8. Troy LINDSAY (c) Interchange: 14. Nick WALKER 15. Damian JENTZ 16. Danny GREEN 17. Shannon FISH Coach: Anthony GRIFFINFOGS A Grade1. Mitchell SIMPSON 2. Luke BOLDERY 3. Pat McGILL 4. Rory BROMLEY 5. Adam LUTCHETTI 6. Chris FOX 7. Chris KLUFT13. Sam FILLERY 12. Chris JELICH 11. Mark SHIPWAY 10. Dominic FALLINI 9. Scott GILLIS 8. Clint FRAZERInterchange: 14. Mick PARES 15. Matt PROBERTS 16. Matt ANDERTON 17. Matt MANNIONCoach: Grant CLEALFOGS Colts Challenge 1. Phil DAISY 2. Andrew RICKERTT 3. Michael WILSON 4. Matt GILLETT 5. Jordon BROWN 6. Joel ROMELO 7. Asher ELEMANI13. Logan SULLIVAN 12. Foisa PENI 11. Adam MARR 10. Sam SCHULL 9. Tim BENSON 8. Matt HANDCOCKInterchange: 14. Greg MALENSTEIN 15. Takai TAMIOTIKINAU16. Jake MARKETO 17. Angus CAMERONCoach: Matt WOOD
LAST weekend proved to be another tough one for the Dolphins with the Colts and Premier Grades going down to Burleigh at Pizzey Park while the A grade were able to register a win.
TWO solid wins and a disappointing loss for the Dolphins last weekend when the Wizard Cup side prevailed against the Comets and the Colts proved too strong for the Western District Panthers, unfortunately the A Grade suffered their second loss of the year to the last placed Panthers who take the bragging rights for season 2006.
THE Dolphins were able to secure 3 wins last weekend at Dolphin Oval over the Ipswich Jets with the Colts squeaking home in the dying minutes and the A Grade and Wizard cups sides securing relatively comfortable wins.
THE Dolphins had one of their toughest days of the season last weekend at the Piggabeen complex when Tweed were able to claw back some ground in the Club Championship by winning 2 of the 3 games on offer.The Colts provided the only good news story of the day with an impressive thumping of Tweed to the tune of 48 points to 28. It was a satisfying victory for the side given that they provided 4 players to the A Grade who have been suffering due to a long injury list within the Club. Asher Elemani led from the front receiving the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match while Tim Yee was outstanding at 5/8. The four U18?s players Adam Marr, Tom Butterfield, Luifau Hala and Takai Tamiotikiau who were called upon also deserve a mention and more than held their own.The A grade suffered a heavy 54-12 defeat at the hands of Tweed. An amazing second half saw Tweed amass more than a point a minute to register 44 unanswered points after trailing 12-10 at half time. The Dolphins can offer no excuses for this performance and it was disappointing to see the effort levels drop away as the game got beyond reach. There were many forgettable aspects to this game however one positive to emerge was the performance of the four colts on debut in the senior grade. Logan Sullivan, Foisa Peni, Jon Broad and Tim Benson made a good account of themselves and were among a small group that could feel satisfied with their game. The HOGS BREATH CAF? Man of the Match went to Chris Jelich.The Wizard Cup side suffered their second defeat of the season to a determined Tweed outfit which had primed itself for a big performance. The Dolphins ball control proved to be its worst of the year completing around only 60% of their sets, the side was also unable to mount any real pressure with the ball particularly in the first half and was not posing any real threat to an enthusiastic Tweed defensive line. Things improved slightly in the second half and at one stage the Dolphins got within striking distance however good defence on Tweeds behalf and crucial errors from the Dolphins saw the game slip away. A late converted try from Tweed gave the game its final score line of 22 points to 8. Winger Kaine Manihera was one of the few to threaten the defence and was voted the KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player while back rower Grant Flugge picked up the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match award.The Club will be keen to register 3 wins this weekend when the side returns to Dolphin Oval to tackle the Ipswich Jets. The nature of the competitions means all sides are a threat on their day and the Dolphins are treating this weekends games against the Jets cautiously. This weeks teamsQueensland Wizard Cup1. Ryan Cullen 2. Kaine Manihera 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Alwyn Simpson 6. Rory Bromley 7. Mick Roberts 8. Troy Lindsay (c) 9. Shannon Fish 10. Adam Starr 11. Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Gerard Parle Interchange 14. Damian Jentz 15. Richie Russell 16. Tim Yee 17. Pat GardnerCoach Anthony GriffinFOGS A Grade1. Mark Christensen 2. Adam Fletcher 3. Pat McGill 4. Chris Guimelli 5. Adam Luchetti 6. Chris Fox 7. Chris Jelich 8. Darren Glase 9. Tim Benson 10. Clint Frazer 11. Mick Pares 12. James Douglas 13. Matt Mannion Interchange 14. Mitchell Simpson 15.Luke Boldery 16. Foisa Peni 17. Sam Fillery Coach Grant Cleal FOGS Colts Challenge1. Phil Daisy 2. Andrew Rickert 3. Jordan Brown 4. Michael Wilson 5. Dion Porteous 6. Matt Gillett 7. Angus Cameron 8. Greg Malenstein 9. Tom Butterfield 10. Stuart May 11. Adam Marr 12. Jon Broad 13. Logan Sullivan Interchange 14. Sam Scull 15. Anthony Tonkin 16. Liufau Hala 17. Takai TamiotikiauCoach Craig Ingebrigtsen
WHAT a day football at Dolphin Oval last weekend with no more than 2 points being the winning margin in all 3 games. The Dolphins prevailed in Colts and Premier Grade but unfortunately were thwarted in the final 10 seconds of the A Grade game.The Colts again found themselves in a cliff-hanger and relied on a late Tim Benson field goal to hand them a 25 points to 24 win over a determined Sunshine Coast. The result strangely enough saw the Dolphins jump to the competition lead and the Coast slip back to last however given the closeness of the contest it was hard to believe these sides were at opposite ends of the ladder. Tim Yee had his best outing of the year and grabbed the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Player of the Match Award and was once again supported by the consistent Logan Sullivan.The A Grade side suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of competition newcomers Sunshine Coast. The Dolphins looked to have the game in hand however with just 10 seconds remaining on the clock the Coast team were able to conjure a try that was converted after the bell to assign the Dolphins to a 28-26 loss. Other results meant the side retained 3rd spot on the ladder although Coach Grant Cleal will be asking for a more enthusiastic showing from his side this weekend when they take on joint competition leaders Tweed. Best for the Dolphins in the Coast loss was hooker Scott Gillis who is stringing together some solid form, Scott received the HOGS BREATH CAFE Man of the Match Award and was well supported by Dom Fallini and Luke Boldery.The QLD Wizard Cup clash was a torrid affair and the closeness of the game did justice to its billing as a 1st versus 2nd contest. Although both sides would be disappointed with their respective ball control some of this can be attributed the ferocious defence witnessed through out the game. The Dolphins jumped out of the blocks the better of the 2 sides and went to the break 10 nil leaders, the second half saw a reversal of this trend with the Young Guns grinding away to lead 14-10 in the dying stages of the match. Ironically it was former Young Gun Rory Bromley who found his way over the try line for the Dolphins with just 1 minute to play, quick thinking by Rory saw him turn what would have been a difficult side line conversion in to a formality for Greg Bourke when he avoided a defender in the in-goal, he then bought the ball round under the posts and the conversion saw the Dolphins prevail 16-14. It must be said both sides squandered scoring opportunities in the match a fact that is sure to give hope to both coaches of their side?s ability to improve next time round. Michael Roberts had a corker of a game and at times was playing a lone hand in attack for the Dolphins, Mick was rewarded with the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match award while Adam Starr received the KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player Award in his 100th 1st grade game, Danny Burke also deserves mention for his bruising approach in the forward exchanges.The Dolphins travel south to Tweeds Piggabeen Complex this weekend and will undoubtedly be tested through the grades. These games will have an impact on the Club Championship race with the Dolphins placed first and Tweed currently sitting second. This Weeks TeamsQueensland Wizard Cup1. Ryan Cullen 2. Kaine Manihera 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Alwyn Simpson 6. Chris Fox 7. Marty Turner 8. Troy Lindsay (c) 9. Mick Roberts 10. Adam Starr 11. Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Gerard Parle Intercange 14. Mark Shipway 15. Richie Russell 16. Shannon Fish 17. Pat GardnerCoach Anthony GriffinFOGS A Grade1. Mark Christensen 2. Luke Boldery 3. Pat McGill 4. Adam Fletcher 5. Adam Luchetti 6. Rory Bromley 7. Chris Kluft 8. Darren Glase 9. Scott Gillis 10. Damian Jentz 11. Sam Fillery 12. James Douglas 13. Matt Mannion Interchange 14. Mitchell Simpson 15. Mick Pares 16. Clint Frazer 17. Foisa Peni Coach Grant ClealFOGS Colts Challenge1.Phil Daisy 2. Andrew Rickert 3. Matt Gillett 4. Michael Wilson 5. Dion Porteous 6. Tim Yee 7. Joel Romelo 8. Greg Malenstein 9. Tim Benson (c) 10. Stuart May 11. Jon Broad 12. Jordan Brown 13. Logan Sullivan Interchange 14. Sam Schull 15. Angus Cameron 16. Anthony Tonkin 17. Jack WebbCoach Craig Ingebrigtsen
COURTESY of the Sunshine Coast Daily / By Mitchell Dale