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Wynnum ended Tweed Head?s fantastic debut season in the Queensland Cup with a 40-22 elimination final win in the ABC Television clash at Kougari Oval. In front of a big vocal crowd it was Tweed that dominated the first half with the Seagulls guilty of uncharacteristic errors. Halfback David Hicks crossed for an early try for Tweed to lead 6-0 but Wynnum front row Cameron Durnford levelled the scores with a strong try. Further tries to second rower Luke O?Dwyer and Eddie Harrison gave Tweed Heads a handy 16-6 advantage but a lapse of concentration allowed Jimmy Ahmat to sneak over for a try on the half-time hooter for a 16-10 scoreline.
An early try after the break to centre Ahmat reduced the margin to 16-14 and then halfback Brett McPherson scored to give the Seagulls the lead for the first time in the match. Back-to-back tries after 20 minutes of the second half through John Bruce and Brett Seawright extended the lead to 30-16 before Hicks crossed for his double to keep Tweed?s hopes alive. A 95 metre run for a try by McPherson after a Tweed mistake settled the result and then McPherson again delivered a perfect pass for winger Damien Quinn to score a good try in the dying minutes. Fullback David Seage was named QRL?s ABC TV man of the match.
Ipswich under the weight of a heavy injury toll suffered a 28-22 loss to Redcliffe in the replay of last year?s grand final at Dolphin Oval with a huge crowd in attendance. The Jets dominated the first half running into a strong wind only to see Daniel Green cross for a try on half-time to give Redcliffe a 12-10 lead at the break. With centre Jermaine Alberts notching a double Ipswich built a handy 20-12 advantage early in the second half but then had halfback Ricky Bird and Kyle Warren succumb to injury. The Dolphins fought back to level the scores at 22 all and then with only 90 seconds remaining and the Jets down to twelve players on the field through injuries, fullback Justin McKay scored a try under the posts to seal a thrilling win for Redcliffe. The Dolphins now meet Burleigh Bears on Saturday at Pizzey Park at 2.10pm with the winner booking a spot in the 20 September Grand Final. Ipswich host Wynnum at Bendigo Bank Oval 7pm Saturday in the elimination final.