Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
The Colts had a confidence boosting win last weekend over West?s. After trailing early in the match the Dolphins fought back to be leading 20 points to 10 before the Panthers rallied to register 2 unconverted tries for a 20-18 final score. West?s had the chance to tie the game with a conversion after the bell however the kick was unsuccessful handing the Dolphins their best win of the season. Port Macquarie recruit Brad Massey was outstanding earning himself the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match Award, Foisa Peni and Scott Gillis were also instrumental in the victory.
Playing on the same card as the Colts Ian Grahams A Grade outfit ran out 42-22 winners over the Panthers. Although the margin suggests a comprehensive win it was not a polished performance from the Dolphins with scrappy play the order of the day although again the side has found a way to win despite being below their best which is a sign of a determined outfit. Luke Tonion was his sides best with a typically dogged performance and was awarded the HOGS BREATH CAFE Man of the Match, James Ingram and Chris Jelich also applied themselves well.
The Premier Grade were unable to make it 3 from 3 with a performance well below what is required this time of year against the Toowoomba Clydesdales. The Dolphins were surprisingly lacklustre when considering a win in this game would have secured a home semi, although the side went within 4 points of the home team at one stage during the second half the end result of 36 points to 22 was never really in question. Nick Walker and Nick Emmett are two guys who can be proud of their performances with Walker receiving the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match while Troy Lindsay was voted the KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player.
Unfortunately there were a couple of season ending injuries from the weekend with Joe Stewart breaking his leg in A Grade and Adam Starr fracturing an eye socket in the Premier Grade game. Both Joe and Adam have undergone surgery and the Club wishes them both a speeding recovery.
Today?s games sees the form Club of the competitions North?s travel to Dolphin Oval for the final fixtures of 2005. Both Clubs have all three sides in premiership contention and will be keen to gather momentum one week out from the finals, this all points to a wonderful day of Rugby League and with the Dolphins Junior March Past on at half time of the main game a good crowd is assured.
This Weeks Teams Queensland Wizard Cup 1. Ryan Cullen 2. Phil Shilvock 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Liam Georgetown 6. Jamie Russo 7. Shane Perry (c) 8. Nick Walker 9. Mick Roberts 10. Troy Lindsay 11.Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Danny Green Interchange 14. Wayne Bond 15. Shannon Fish 16. Matt Mapes 17. Damien Jentz Coach Anthony Griffin
Mixwell Cup 1. Luke Tonion 2. Matt Gruszka 3. Matt Mannion 4. Chris Fox 5. Lucas Dearden 6. Cody Norton 7. Matt Anderton (c) 8. Clint Frazer 9. Nathan Black 10. Quinn Smith 11. Chris Jelich 12. Iremia Filipo 13. Gerard Parle Interchange 14. Brett O'Farrell 15. Allan Hughes 16. James Ingram 17. Dan Jones Coach Ian Graham
Mixwell Colts Challenge 1. Mitchell Simpson 2. Daniel Bennett 3. Sam Maniat 4. Matt Gillett 5. Jordan Brown 6. Tim Yee 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. Stuart May 16. Ryan Corrie 17. Jack Reis Coach Craig Ingebrigtsen