The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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The Dolphins Premier Grade side booked themselves a spot in the preliminary final against Burleigh after a comprehensive victory over North?s at Bishop Park last Saturday.
The opening 10 minutes saw North?s applying concerted pressure to the Dolphins with a glut of possession and field position. The Dolphins were up to the challenge and when they eventually received some possession were able to put together some enterprising play that saw them go to the break 14 nil in front. The Devils fought back to 14-10 in the opening exchanges of the second half before the Dolphins flexed some muscle with a forceful display that ended the Devils finals series with 2 consecutive losses to the tune of 33 points to 10. The Dolphins forwards were outstanding while ABC Man of the Match Nick Emmett was instrumental in the win delivering Phil Shilvock 2 of his 3 tries with clever flick passes. Captain Shane Perry led the side well and put the game out of reach of North?s with a field goal to take the margin out to 19 points with around 10 minutes remaining before a clever short side play involving Matt Mapes and Duane O?Grady put winger Liam Georgetown away to deliver the final score line.
Today?s game presents a great challenge to the Dolphins when they confront Premiers Burleigh on home soil to decide who will meet the North Queensland Young Guns in next weekends Grand Final. Both sides have a proud history and will be determined to earn the right to challenge for the Premiership and expectations of a quality game will not be disappointed.
The Club?s annual re-union will again take place the night before the QLD Wizard Cup Grand Final on Friday 16th September 6.30pm in the Des Webb Lounge of the Redcliffe Leagues Club. Special guests will be the Premiership winning first grade side of 1965. Beer, wine and snacks will be provided and to assist with catering please ring Louisa at the Club on 3203 7333 if you are intending to come.
Another function on the horizon is the Annual Presentation Dinner set down for September 30th, tickets are available at the Leagues Club reception for $30 a pop with beer, wine and 2 course meal included.
This Weeks Team 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