Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
3 days ago
The Rd 14 games against Souths-Logan saw the Dolphins run out winners in all 3 grades at Davies Park.
The Colts put in a competent performance in trying conditions and proved too strong for the Magpies across the Park. Best for the side were Wayne Bond who played his best game of the season, he was well assisted by rising star Matt Gillett and the ever improving Brad Massey.
Ian Grahams A Grade outfit ran out winners at Davies Park with giant winger come second rower Matt Gruszka leading the charge. The win was achieved in tough conditions and although the ball control wasn?t at its best it was a tough hit-out all the same. The side also played last weekend in a catch up match against Burleigh, the Bears won 20-18 in a high quality game and the Dolphins can take heart from the result after they squandered some opportunities to win the match. Chris Fox was a standout for the side with newcomer Lucas Dierdan also proving himself a good find.
The Premier Grade bounced back from the previous weeks drubbing against Burleigh with a solid victory over the Magpies who have proved a real handful this year on their own dunghill. Again ball control wasn?t the highlight of the Dolphins game but given the atrocious conditions this could be excused as the side applied themselves admirably to the task of righting the ship. Jamie Russo was simply outstanding at 5/8 while Adam Starr proved strong in the forward exchanges.
Awards: Round 14 vs Souths-Logan Colts Leading Edge Sports Man of the Match - Wayne Bond A Grade Hogs Breath Cafe Man of the Match ? Matt Gruszka Premier Grade Searles Garden Products Man of the Match ? Adam Starr Keystar Autoworld Players Player ? Adam Starr Round 13 A Grade Hogs Breath Cafe Man of the Match ? Chris Fox
Congratulations to Shane Perry, Jamie Russo and Ryan Cullen for their selections in the QLD Residents side after strong showings in the annual City vs Country clash where City handed out a comprehensive hiding to their country counterparts. Shane will also have the honour of captaining the side in what is a good reward for his form this season.
Well done also to Iremia Filipo for his strong game for the Mixwell side against an Outback outfit in the curtain raiser game to the City vs Country fixture. ?Jerry? is developing in leaps and bounds this year after joining the Dolphins from the Deception Bay Bombers.
An enormous congratulations to Danny Nutley for his Origin selection. ?Nutts? is one of the earlier graduates from the Dolphins Development Squad and his enthusiasm and work rate will be a bonus to the Queenslanders chances of victory in the decider. Good luck Nutts the Dolphins will be cheering for you on Wednesday night.
From the hospital ward Sam Schull ankle - season Mark Christensen knee - season Maddison Murphy shoulder - season Sam Fillery shoulder - season Clint Frazer groin - season Jarred Tatipata knee - season Darren Pettiford shoulder - season Wayne Bond ankle - one week Terry Jones shoulder - two weeks Stuart May shoulder - three weeks
This weeks teams Queensland Wizard Cup 1.Liam Georgetown 2.Phil Shilvock 3.Greg Bourke 4.Nick Emmett 5.Matt Gruszka 6.Daniel Green 7.Michael Roberts 8.Adam Starr 9.Shannon Fish 10.Troy Lindsay 11.Matt Mapes 12.Danny Burke 13.Grant Flugge Interchange 14.Nick Walker 15.Luke Tonion 16.Duane O'Grady 17.Damien Jentz Coach Anthony Griffin
Mixwell Cup 1.Matt Mannion 2.Chris Guimelli 3.Chris Fox 4.Lucas Dierdan 5.Jay Russell 6.Matt Dawson 7.Matt Anderton 8.James Ingram 9.Nathan Black 10.Quin Smith 11.Liam Tallon 12.Dan Jones 13.Gerard Parle Interchange 14.Peter Delaivuna 15.Cody Norton 16.Allan Hughes 17.Chris Jelich Coach Ian Graham
Mixwell Colts Challenge 1.Mitchell Simpson 2.Daniel Bennett 3.Matt Gillett 4.Ryan Corrie 5.Jordan Brown 6.Trent Nolan 7.Joe Parekura 8.Brad Massey 9.Scott Gillis 10.Jason Frazer 11.Dominic Fallini 12.Foisa Peni 13.Mick Pares Interchange 14.Jon Broad 15.Angus Smith 16.Matt Handcock 17.Anthony Tonkin Coach Waverley Stanley