Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
3 days ago
Three good wins last weekend for the Club with the A Grade and Colts winning games on Saturday night against Runaway Bay while the Premier Grade were victorious over Tweed at Piggabeen in a tough contest Sunday afternoon.
The Colts had a resounding victory at the expense of Runaway Bay to the tune of 68 points to 16. The Dolphins ran away with the game in the second half after a 22-12 score-line at the break. Mitchell Simpson had another polished performance and is relishing the open spaces at fullback while Brad ?Sticks? Massey made a real impact of the bench and was able to crash over for a four pointer in the second half. ?Simmo? picks up the $40 voucher from LEADING EDGE SPORTS for his man of the Match display. This weekend presents a more difficult assignment for the side when they meet new comers Hills District who are coming off a comfortable victory over Souths/Logan last weekend.
Our A Grade side put a real scare into the camp after squandering a half time lead of 22-4 to be tied up at 26 all with 7 minutes to go. Lock Matt Dawson scurried over for a try with 3 minutes to go however the conversion was unsuccessful and it was all shoulders to the wheel until the fulltime hooter blew. Luke Bloomfield was electric and crossed for 3 tries, Joe Stewart was outstanding off the bench while Damien Jentz continued his good form and was awarded the HOGS BREATH CAFE Man of the Match for a tireless display. As with the Colts the Hills District contest this weekend presents a good challenge for the side with the Hills boys coming off a hard fought win last weekend.
A good win by the Dolphins Premier Grade outfit over Tweed Heads at Piggabeen last weekend. The side did well to be only 16-4 down at the break after being starved of the ball in the first stanza then turning the tables to put on 22 unanswered points before being heavily punished by the whistle late and hanging on for a 26-22 victory. With a 13 to 7 penalty count against the Dolphins coach Anthony Griffin will be seeking clarification from referees boss Eddie Ward on what the side needs to be doing to finish on the right side of the ledger. Winger Chris Guimelli had one of the best debuts seen for the Dolphins in quite a while, scoring a try and having an impact with every involvement, ?Mario? received both the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match and the KEYSTAR Players Player Awards for and outstanding display, Chris just shaded Shane Perry for the awards who was instrumental in the victory with some solid defence, clever passing and an adept kicking game that resulted in 2 Ryan Cullen tries. This weekend sees the Dolphins confronting the Central Comets and although the Comets are winless thus far the Dolphins will be approaching the game with the intent of putting in a powerful performance. Ryan Cullen and Shannon Fish meet their previous Club for the first time and will be keen to do well against former team-mates.
On the injury front Colt Darren Pettiford again popped his shoulder and the diagnosis looks grim for the remainder of the season. Matt Anderton made a successful comeback and played well in the A Grade while the remainder of the Club got through last weekend with no major complaints.
Colts kick-off for RD 9 is 11.45am, A Grade 1.15pm and QLD Wizard Cup 3.00pm. Game day sponsors are Hogs Breath, Leading Edge, Video Ezy and Redcliffe Insurance Brokers, we thank these guys for their support and hope they have an enjoyable day watching the Dolphins chase wins in all 3 grades.
This weeks teams Queensland Wizard Cup 1.Ryan Cullen 2.Phil Shilvock 3.Jamie Russo 4.Nick Emmett 5.Chris Giumelli 6.Shane Perry (c)7.Michael Roberts 8.Troy Lindsay 9.Shannon Fish 10.Adam Starr 11.Matt Mapes 12.Danny Burke 13.Grant Flugge Interchange 14.Nathan Herbener 15.Nick Walker 16.Duane O'Grady 17.Danny Green Coach Anthony Griffin
Mixwell Cup 1.Luke Bloomfield 2.Liam Georgetown 3.Mark Christensen 4.Greg Bourke 5.Matt Gruszka 6.Chris Fox 7.Matt Anderton (c) 8.Damien Jentz 9.Luke Tonion 10.Quin Smith 11.Joe Stewart 12.Gerard Parle 13.Matt Dawson Interchange 14.Pete Delaivuna 15.Dan Jones 16.Allan Hughes 17.Ieremia Filipo Coach Ian Graham
Mixwell Colts Challenge 1.Mitchell Simpson 2.Daniel Bennett 3.Jarred Tatipata 4.Sam Maniat 5.Matt Gillett 6.Joe Parekura 7.Wayne Bond 8.Kim Phoenix 9.Scott Gillis 10.Stuart May 11.Jack Reis 12.Jason Frazer 13.Mick Pares Interchange 14.Jordan Brown 15.Brad Massey 16.Jon Broad 17.Dominic Fallini Coach Waverley Stanley
Late News: The Dolphins will be without the services of giant prop Adam Starr for the next month after being found guilty of a reckless high tackle. Coach Anthony Griffin will decide at Saturday mornings final training run who will take Starr's spot in the seventeen and who will start.