The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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The Colts kicked off last weekends matches against Ipswich at QLD Group Oval with a solid 34-24 victory. With the Jets defeating competition front runners Burleigh in their last home fixture the game was never going to be an easy hit out and after getting out to an early lead the Dolphins were placed under some considerable pressure by the under rated Ipswich out fit.
After the half time break the Dolphins displayed some good composure by absorbing more pressure on their own goal line before putting the result beyond doubt with some entertaining football.
Best for the side was impressive back rower Dominic Fallini who was nominated as the LEADING EDGE Man of the Match. Dominic has been improving each week after returning from a knee reconstruction and is an important component in what the side achieves this year.
The A Grade game followed a similar script to the Colts match with the Dolphins getting off to a good lead before a determined Jets side closed the margin.
Again after returning from the break the Dolphins blew the game apart running out comfortable 48 points to 16 winners in a forceful display. In a game when the Dolphins scored nine tries it was the backs that shone with recent recruit Lucas ?Emu? Dearden crossing the stripe 4 times, Lucas will enjoy a nice steak at HOGS BREATH CAFE after his Man of the Match performance. Others to impress were Matt Mannion and Jay Russell.
The Premier Grade completed the trifecta overcoming Ipswich to the tune of 42 points to 16. The home side jumped out of the gates hard racing to a 10 nil lead before being pegged back with the Dolphins leading 12-10 before a fundamental mistake on half time presented an opportunity for the Jets to go in 16-12 leaders.
After the break it was one way traffic as the Dolphins piled on 30 unanswered points, the side absorbed quite a bit of pressure on their try line throughout the match and deserve credit for the amount of defensive determination displayed.
Troy Lindsay received his second SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match Award running while centres Nick Emmett and Greg Bourke played their best games of the season with Bourkey receiving the KEYSTAR MOTORS Players Player Award.
Monthly Award winners for rounds 12-16 were Liam Georgetown, Player of the Month and Jay Russell, Club Player of the Month. Liam?s play has been outstanding for the Dolphins for some time and receives the recognition for his commitment while Jay?s approach to training has been first class setting the standard the rest of the Club needs to be at. Congratulations boys.
Quin Smith receives a welcomed return after captaining the Australian Universities side that recently went down in the final of the World Cup to New Zealand, despite the loss Quin can be proud of this achievement and will be a better player for the experience.
Michael Roberts joins an elite group of people when he takes the field this weekend for the Dolphins marking his 150th First Grade game for the Club. Michael will have the honour of being etched into the windows of the Legends Bar in the Leagues Club joining the likes of Tony Obst, Peter Leis, Trevor Benson, Bunny Pearce, Vic Tighe and current team mate Troy Lindsay amongst others. Michael has responded every time he has been challenged in his time with the Dolphins and this is a mark of his character. Well done Mick on a wonderful achievement, it is sure to be a wholehearted performance that brings up the ?one fiddy?.
Don't forget 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.Danny Green 7.Shane Perry (c) 8.Adam Starr 9.Michael Roberts 10.Troy Lindsay 11.Duane O'Grady 12.Danny Burke 13.Grant Flugge Interchange 14.Nick Walker 15.Shannon Fish 16.Matt Mapes 17.Damien Jentz Coach Anthony Griffin
Mixwell Cup 1.Luke Tonion 2.Jay Russell 3.Chris Fox 4.Matt Mannion 5.Lucas Dearden 6.Matt Dawson 7.Matt Anderton (c) 8.Clint Frazer 9.Nathan Black 10.Allan Hughes 11.Liam Tallon 12.Matt Gruszka 13.Gerard Parle Interchange 14.Chris Jelich 15.Cody Norton 16.Iremia Filipo 17.Joe Stewart Coach Ian Graham
Mixwell Colts Challenge 1.Mitchell Simpson 2.Daniel Bennett 3.Matt Gillett 4.Andrew Skrzpar 5.Jordan Brown 6.Trent Nolan 7.Wayne Bond (c) 8.Brad Massey 9.Ryan Corrie 10.Jason Frazer 11.Dominic Fallini 12.Foisa Peni 13.Mick Pares Interchange 14.Jon Broad 15.Stuart May 16.Matt Handcock 17.Tim Yee Coach Craig Ingebrigtsen