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Redcliffe easily accounted for Ipswich today extending a hoodoo which has seen the Jets winless at Dolphin Oval since 1994. The Dolphins ran out 42-20 winners after leading 30-4 at the break. In the first half Redcliffe outclassed Ipswich in attack and defense, at times threatening to score at will. The second half was a scrappy affair with neither side controlling the ball. Ipswich staged a mini fightback to trail 36-20 with 15 minutes remaining but the Dolphins held strong for a much needed Wizard Qld Cup victory.
In the Mixwell Cup the Dolphins turned in a polished performance which must have pleased coach Ian ?Iggy? Graham. Liam Georgetown opened the scoring after Matt Dawson got away a miracle offload close to the try line. Later Duane O?Grady showed impressive strength and determination after busting the line and then carrying four Jets defenders across to score. Rounding out the half Mark Christensen scored after speeding past defenders to score untouched. After a good, tough half of footy the Dolphins led 14-6.
The siren to start the second half heralded a tense battle for supremacy. It took a piece of brilliance by Chris Giumelli in the 50th minute to break the deadlock. With precision befitting an NRL play Giumelli plucked a cross field kick out of the air AFL style and dived over to score. This seemed to spark the Dolphins into attack and after a huge break from the kickoff Luke Bloomfield backed up well and raced away for another four pointer. When Duane O?Grady crashed over for his second the Dolphins had scored thrice in 10 minutes and the game was over.
Ipswich gained a glut of possession through penalties late in the game which kept the scoreline in check before a late try to Matt Dawson ended proceedings. Final score Redcliffe 36 d Ipswich 6.
In Colts, Redcliffe ran out 36 ? 20 winners. It was not all one way traffic though as Redcliffe?s Mitchell Simpson converted all five tries while the Jets? Jarrod Biggs potted none. Coach Waverly Stanley will be looking for a more consistent performance throughout the 70 minutes when they take on Runaway Bay next Saturday night.