Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
The Dolphins Colts and A Grade sides enjoyed victory last weekend over Tugun at Dolphin Oval while the Premier went down in a hard fought battle against the North Queensland Young Guns in the Wizard Cup.
The Colts fixture began as a miss-match with the Tugun side fielding only 11 players for kick off however it was a the visitors who registered first points with a smart intercept to take an early 6-0 lead. After that point the game followed the script and blew out to a 60 points to 6 score line in favour of the Dolphins before the game was called off early. Credit must go the Tugun boys who did turn up, they had a real go and would be quite competitive if they could muster a full squad. Best for Redcliffe were Scott Gillis who received the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match voucher in the process, he was well supported by Brad Massey and Mitchell Simpson.
The A Grade encounter was a different proposition all together to that of the Colts with a tough game encountered by the Dolphins from kick off through to the 70th minute. The side again trailed at half time and after a ?spirited discussion? with Coach Ian Graham at the break were able to turn the tables on the visitors to run out 18 -10 victors. Chris Fox picked up his second HOGS BREATH CAFE Man of the Match Award in 3 weeks with Matt Mannion and Allan Hughes also standouts.
The Premier Grade found themselves in a tough contest that went right down to the final minute. After striking a Young Guns outfit that began the game at a frantic pace the Dolphins fought their way back into the contest with some dogged determination. The side built a 12-6 advantage early in the second half however shortly after the visitors squared the ledger at 12 all. The Dolphins had a number of opportunities to break the deadlock but were unable to capitalise encountering a spirited North Queensland defensive line. The Young Guns hit the front in the 72nd minute when Brent McConnell took an intercept and ran 80m before being pulled down just short of the try line, crossing for the try 2 plays later. A late try made the final score 22-12 although the Dolphins were better performed than the 10 point spread indicates. Troy Lindsay racked up 51 involvements in a whale of a game that earned him both the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match and KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player awards, others to play well were Grant Flugge and Danny Burke.
The Club travels to Ipswich this week in what shapes as a real danger trip for all grades. The Jets although not in finals contention have already taken some prize scalps at home recently and will be determined to interrupt the progress of all sides visiting them for the remainder of the season.
Monthly awards presented at the players BBQ during the week were Player of the Month:Liam Georgetown Club Player of the Month:Jay Russell The Dolphins Annual Charity Golf Day has been set down for Friday August 5th anyone interested in participating can contact Julieanne at the Club on 3203 7333.
This weeks teams Queensland Wizard Cup 1.Ryan Cullen 2.Phil Shilvock 3.Greg Bourke 4.Nick Emmett 5.Liam Georgetown 6.Wayne Bond 7.Shane Perry (c) 8.Adam Starr 9.Mick Roberts 10.Troy Lindsay 11.Grant Flugge 12.Danny Burke 13.Danny Green Interchange 14.Nick Walker 15.Shannon Fish 16.Duane O'Grady 17.Damien Jentz Coach Anthony Griffin
Mixwell Cup 1.Luke Tonion 2.Chris Guimelli 3.Chris Fox 4.Matt Mannion 5.Lucas Dierden 6.Matt Dawson 7.Matt Anderton (c) 8.James Ingram 9.Nathan Black 10.Allan Hughes 11.Liam Tallon 12.Matt Gruszka 13.Gerard Parle Interchange 14.Peter Delaivuna 15.Clint Frazer 16.Cody Norton 17.Joe Stewart Coach Ian Graham
Mixwell Colts Challenge 1.Mitchell Simpson 2.Daniel Bennett 3.Matt Gillett 4.Sam Maniat 5.Jordan Brown 6.Trent Nolan 7.Joe Parekura 8.Brad Massey 9.Scott Gillis 10.Jason Frazer 11.Dominic Fallini 12.Fois Peni 13.Mick Pares Interchange 14.Jon Broad 15.Stuart May 16.Jack Reis 17.Ryan Corrie Coach Craig Ingebrigtsen