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The final rounds of season 2005 didn?t quite go as planned for the Dolphins with the 3 grades going down to Club Champions North?s. Despite the losses there were some positives to come out of last weekend that will give the Club some confidence for this weekends elimination games.
The Colts went within a whisker of stealing a victory from the red hot North?s outfit going down 26-20 with the fulltime hooter sounding just as the Dolphins were presented with a great attacking opportunity on North?s tryline. It was generally a good effort by the Dolphins and will give the side the knowledge that if they are able to apply themselves for the entire match they are well in the mix. Foisa Peni had a tremendous game securing his second LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match in three games while Scott Gillis and Brad Massey again provided a good platform for the side to work off.
The A Grade side were defeated 35-20 by the Devils however the Dolphins finished the game with only 13 men available and can be proud of their efforts. Getting out to an early lead the Dolphins looked in control but as the game progressed and the numbers dwindled the 13 guys left simply ran out gas. The side will take a bit out of this game moving into the finals and with some players returning from injury will be a tougher proposition for today?s elimination final. Chris Fox had a great game and deservedly received the HOGS BREATH CAFE Man of the Match Award, Dan Jones and Nathan Black also put in wholehearted performances.
The Premier Grade game followed the same path as the lower grades with the Dolphins getting out to a sizable lead before being run down for a 24-22 final scoreline. With the wind at their backs the Dolphins skipped out to a 22 nil lead but were unable to register another point as the Devils fought back to secure the Club Championship with the victory. Troy Lindsay was again dominant receiving both the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS & KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Awards for his strong showing while Shane Perry, Nick Walker, Greg Bourke and Grant Flugge also played well. The Dolphins have to now dust themselves off for today?s do or die effort against the Clydesdales.
Big congratulations to Troy Lindsay for being the first player to play 200 QLD Cup games. Cowboy is still as keen as anyone about his footy and his form over the last couple of seasons has been some of the best of his career.
Colt Mick Pares slept like a baby last Saturday night after playing almost 140 minutes of football last weekend. Mick played a full game of Colts and was called onto the bench for A Grade, with a couple of early injuries Ian Graham was forced to use Mick earlier than expected. Mick handled the step up well and provided the team with good enthusiasm and determination.
Today?s Dolphin Oval games are sudden death and you can expect all sides to be giving their all. The Colts are up against newcomers Hills District, both previous matches between these 2 sides have been close encounters and today should be no different, A Grade confront bay side rivals Wynnum and again this game should prove to be a good contest while Premier Grade face their combatants of 2 weeks ago the Clydesdales and the result of that game is sure to be in the forefront of the Dolphins mind and we can expect a better showing.
Congratulations to the Dolphins playing, coaching and support staff for their efforts in qualifying for the finals, now the fun really begins and the Dolphins faithful can expect their teams to be keyed up for good showings.
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.Nick Walker 9.Mick Roberts 10.Troy Lindsay 11.Grant Flugge 12.Danny Burke 13.Danny Green Interchange 14.Duane O'Grady 15.Shannon Fish 16.Matt Mapes 17.Damien Jentz Coach Anthony Griffin
Mixwell Cup 1.Luke Tonion 2.Jay Russell 3.Matt Gruszka 4.Chris Fox 5.Lucas Dearden 6.Matt Mannion 7.Matt Anderton (c) 8.Clint Frazer 9.Nathan Black 10.Quin Smith 11.Dan Jones 12.Liam Tallon 13.Gerard Parle Interchange 14.Cody Norton 15.Allan Hughes 16.Iremia Filipo 17.Terry Jones Coach Ian Graham
Mixwell Colts Challenge 1.Mitchell Simpson 2.Daniel Bennett 3.Sam Maniat 4.Tim Yee 5.Andrew Skrzypa 6.Matt Gillett 7.Trent Nolan 8.Brad Massey 9.Scott Gillis 10.Jason Frazer 11.Matt Handcock 12.Foisa Peni 13.Mick Pares Interchange 14.Jon Broad 15.Stuart May 16.Andrew Rickert 17.Jack Reis Coach Craig Ingebrigtsen