Dolphins Stay Alive

  • by QRL
  • July 08 2006 12:00AM

OUT of the hunt in the Queensland Cup, Redcliffe has remained alive in its defence of the Mixwell Cup, beating Norths 22-18 in Sunday?s elimination final.

Winger Lyndon Nagas crossed for the Dolphins nine minutes from fulltime, breaking an 18-all deadlock.

The win sends Redcliffe to the preliminary final, either against Burleigh or Easts in two weeks? time.

While Nagas scored the points that mattered, fellow three-quarter Joel Barnes was simply outstanding throughout.

Unlucky not to have played more Queensland Cup, Barnes scored a try, set up another for winger Liam Georgetown, chased hard in defence and made inroads most times he touched the ball.

Redcliffe led 10-0 after the first half-hour of play, with Sam Fillery regathering his own grubber kick for the first try, while Russell McDonald used brute strength to barge over for the second.

Norths responded moments before halftime through half Aaron Kuskey. Anthony Zipf converted to make the score 10-6.

When the second half threatened to turn into the `Joel Barnes Show?, Zipf was again called upon, this time taking an intercept and running 80m to tie the game at 18 points apiece.

The defining moment of the game came from a rare win against the feed for Redcliffe, with Nagas sent away for the winning try on the subsequent set of possession.

In the dying moments of the match Norths fullback Michael Jack almost pulled off a miracle try, but fumbled when attempting to regather his kick.

Zipf, who scored seven tries in one Queensland Cup game this year, left the field on a stretcher as injury was added to insult.

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