Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
5 days ago
Redcliffe have lost two on the trot now and face a tough task next week against Burleigh at Pizzey park.
The Dolphins started well with a Mick Roberts try off a grubber which rebounded off the posts. Damien Richters conversion made him equal top pointscorer in Queensland Cup history. Easts however dominated the next half hour scoring twice and making big yards. With just six minutes to half time though Joel Barnes took a flying intercept against the run of play to score under the posts. Richters conversion made him the highest pointscorer in Qld Cup history with 898 points.
A couple of minutes later Roberts again scored close to the posts driving low under the defense giving Redcliffe a flattering 18 - 10 half time lead.
All thoughts of an easy win were blown away just 4 minutes into the second stanza when Matt Lockyer scored two tries in as many minutes. Redcliffe were falling off tackles and down 20 - 18. After ten minutes of struggling Easts quieted the crowd with two dazzling tries to push the score out to 32 - 18.
Redcliffe were starved of ball for most of the second half and suffered a 9 - 3 penalty count against. When Michael Pearce plucked a ball out of the sky to put Redcliffe to bed one fan was heard to lament "That's a bloody great try and it's finished us."
Best for the Dolphins were Michael Roberts and Shane Perry while Daniel Green and Ben Jones tried hard in the forwards.
Easts 44 (M. Lockyer 2, R. Maller, M. Pearce, P. Dennis, M. Allen, S. Sipple, C. Tonga tries; D. Campbell 6 goals) def Redcliffe 24 (M.Roberts 2, J. Barnes, S. Perry tries; D. Richters 4 goals)
The story was no better in A Grade the Dolphins throwing away a half time lead of 12 - 6 to crash to a 30 - 16 loss.
Easts 30 (McIlwain 3, Murphy, Connors tries; Kelly 5 goals) def Redcliffe 16 (McKay, Anderton, West tries; Georgetown 2 goals)
In Colts Redcliffe managed a draw in a seesawing clash.
Redcliffe 34 (Murphy, Tyler 2, Kurene, Norton tries; Parnell 4, Francom goals) drew Easts 34 (Halligan 2, Leo, Borey, Farley, Fata tries; Karabatsos 5 goals)