Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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GREG Bourke?s ambition to be the greatest ever scorer in the Queensland Wizard Cup will have to wait another fortnight, after the Redcliffe superboot was left even on 1030 points with previous record holder Damian Richters.
Bourke amassed 16 points in the Dolphins? 40-12 rout of Wynnum Manly on Sunday, scoring a try in the second half to go with six successful shots at goal.
He has now scored 92 points in six matches this year and seems destined to make the all-time record his own when Redcliffe takes on Toowoomba on Sunday, May 7 at Dolphin Oval.
It will be the icing on a career that has seen Bourke play with three national clubs ? Balmain, Easts and then North Queensland ? as well as featuring with Cairns, Burleigh and Wynnum in the Wizard Cup.
Set to turn 33 in September, centre Bourke has also become one of the most complete players in the competition, with his defence improving markedly with age.
More important than the record is the fact that his club remains unbeaten almost a third of the way through the season.
However those premonitions were quickly laid to rest as the visitors raced to 16-0 in front by the 20-minute mark. Ageless warrior Troy Lindsay claimed two of the first three tries.
At halftime the margin was up to 28-6, with another old-stager in Mark Shipway joining the scoring spree.
Simon Phillips had Wynnum Manly?s only try of the first half, moving his career tally with the Seagulls to 39 after starting out with the North Queensland Young Guns.
The second half produced a more dour affair, the highlight of which was Bourke?s kick to equal the scoring record.
Former Wakefield and Sydney Roosters player Albert Talipaeu was brought in at hooker for the home side in place of injured Zac Chisholm and he proved among the Seagulls? best.
On a losing side John Bruce also gave a typically whole-hearted effort.
While Redcliffe is yet to lose this season, Wynnum Manly is still to win and will now look to break the duck against Norths at Bishop Park on May 7.
Next week only one Wizard Cup game will be played due to the QRL State Underage Carnival at Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba, running Saturday and Sunday.
REDCLIFFE 40 (Mark Shipway 2, Troy Lindsay 2, Grant Flugge, Greg Bourke, Nick Emmett tries; Greg Bourke 6 goals) d WYNNUM MANLY 12 (Simon Phillips, Albert Talipeau tries; Jim O?Brien 2 goals) at BMD Kougari Oval.