Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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Wynnum maintained its number one spot on the Queensland Cup ladder but needed a late scoring spree to overcome Central Comets 30-24 in the ABC Television clash at Kougari Oval. An early penalty goal to hooker Jade Wogand and then a try from a dummy half dart saw the Comets lead 8-0 after fifteen minutes. Wynnum winger Josh Jepson scored a good try 5 minutes later to reduce the deficit to 8-6 but the Seagulls struggled to match the Comets commitment.
A good off-load from second row Wayne Phillis saw Willie Scanlan crash over on half-time to extend the Comets lead to 14-6. When Scanlan scored his second try, a strong effort early in the second half, the Comets lead was 20-6.
Jepson?s second try after 65 minutes started the Wynnum revival and when halfback Brett McPherson regathered his own chip kick minutes later the Comets advantage had been reduced to 20-14. When Cameron Durnford crossed the scores were level at 20 all with ten minutes on the clock and the Seagulls were flying high.
A Damien Quinn try from dummy half on the last tackle saw the home side hit the front and then winger Scott Marks sealed an amazing win for the Seagulls to lead 30-20. Former State of Origin star John Doyle scored a consolation try for the Comets in a game that slipped away. Wynnum five eight Denny Lambert was named QRL man of the match.
Toowoomba snuck into second place with a hard fought 24-20 win over North Queensland at Stadium Toowoomba. Both teams notched five tries each but it was the goal kicking of Scott Prince, two conversions, that provided the difference. Brenton Bowen was the stand out performer in the match crossing for an outstanding four tries for the Young Guns, who again came up with a close loss.
In the grand final replay Ipswich overpowered an enthusiastic Redcliffe outfit 18-14 at Bendigo Bank Oval. The Jets raced in four tries thanks to fullback Darren Robinson, winger Jay O?Doherty and forwards Kyle Warren and Jamie Tomlinson. Dolphins flyer Aaron Barba scored taking his season?s tally to 18 tries, but the Jets win sees them in the final five with the Dolphins in sixth spot on 17 points.
Norths came up with only their fifth win of the season upsetting the former table topping Tweed Heads by 40-14 at Bishop Park. The young Devils had too much enthusiasm for the Seagulls with winger Matthew King and Queensland under 19 forward Antonio Kaufusi both scoring doubles.
Easts maintained their slim semi-final hopes with a 44-22 win over Souths Logan at Langlands Park. The Tigers scored eight tries to the Magpies 4, with skipper Scott Thorburn notching a try and kicking six goals for a 16 point haul.
Burleigh easily accounted for the struggling Wests, thrashing the Panthers by 66-16 at Pizzey Park. The Bears ran in a total of 11 tries with veteran winger Aseri Laing securing a double. Another veteran, Reggie Cressbrook continued his good recent form crossing for a try and also slotting eleven conversions contributing 26 points to Burleigh?s tally.