Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
3 days ago
With only one training run before the game the Dolphins started slowly making a few unforced errors in their own half. Burleigh had the majority of field possession in the early stages of the game.
The Dolphins scored first when Burleigh put a bomb up and winger Matt Gillett caught the ball on his own 10 metre line beat his opposition winger and raced 90 metres to score.
The latter part of the first half belonged to Burleigh when they made several half breaks before crossing for a try with 10 minutes to go on the back of a good backline movement.With half time approaching Burleigh isolated the Dolphins winger then kicked ahead for a good team try which gave them a 10-6 lead at halftime.
The Bears had a slice of luck when a kick ahead rebounded into the chasers hands for a try under the posts Burleigh convert and lead 16-6. Some desperate defence on their own line from the Dolphins denied Burleigh a fourth try. Redcliffe responded when hooker Joel Romelo burrowed over from dummy half to get the Dolphins back to 16-12.
With fifteen minutes remaining strong running front rower Zac Shore carried four Burleigh defenders with him as he crossed for the try that evened up the score. Matthew Lennon converted to give an 18-16 lead to the Dolphins. The game went from end to end for the remaining 15 minutes then on the stroke of fulltime a scrum was packed Burleigh won possession and kicked ahead, the Dolphins were first on the scene and the winger attempted to kick the ball out but it came off the side off his boot and rolled in goal desperate Burleigh and Redcliffe chasers dived at the ball with the referee ruling the ball was grounded by the Dolphins allowing them to get away with an 18-16 victory.