Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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ANTHONY Griffin said he derived no extra pleasure from beating old club Souths Logan, as the new Redcliffe coach oversaw a 44-16 win against the Magpies at Dolphin Oval on Sunday.
Griffin left his post at Souths Logan last year due to health concerns, with then-CEO Mitch Brennan and assistant coach Pete Edwards taking over mid-season.
Now on the peninsula, Griffin has Redcliffe sitting equal fifth after four rounds, recording the same number of wins in four weeks as he had in the first three months of season 2004.
?I still have a soft spot for Souths,? Griffin said.
?There?s no satisfaction from getting over the top of them or anything. I?m great friends with everyone there. They are a good club and they?ll beat someone soon.?
The Dolphins led the Magpies 28-0 at halftime, but faded with scrappy play in the second half.
Parramatta signing Matt Gruszka scored two tries, but forward Matthew Mapes was voted best on ground by his peers, with Adam Starr not far behind. Last year Mapes helped Nambour to a premiership in the Sunshine Coast-Gympie competition and, with age on his side, could still add a State League title.
The biggest scare for the Dolphins came 15 minutes from fulltime when halfback Michael Roberts went down with an ankle injury. Griffin removed his star playmaker as a precautionary measure.
For the first time since the start of the season, Souths Logan hooker Scott Smith failed to score for the Magpies and the Dolphins admitted to targeting the clever ball-player. One player to cross the line for the Magpies was Joshua Stowers, the Player of the Year for Brisbane Second Division in 2004.
Meanwhile, Dolphins kicker Greg Bourke reached another milestone, becoming just the third player in the Queensland Cup to have scored 800 points, along with Damien Richters and John Wilshere.
Redcliffe hosts Wynnum in the live ABC telecast next Saturday, while Souths Logan is at home at Davies Park the same day to North Queensland.
REDCLIFFE 44 (Matt Gruszka 2, Ryan Cullen, Nick Emmett, Shane Perry, Michael Roberts, Matthew Mapes, Shannon Fish tries; Greg Bourke 6 goals) beat SOUTHS LOGAN 16 (Matt Templeton, Josh Stowers, Grant Lewis tries; Scott Smith 2 goals).