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The Dolphins prevailed in 2 of the 3 games on offer last weekend with the Colts and Premiers Grade running out winners while an out of sorts A Grade went down in their match against the Western District Panthers.
Craig Ingebrigsten?s Colts outfit were comfortable winners in the end with a margin of 42-16. The halftime scores were locked at 16 all however the Dolphins were able to pile on 26 unanswered points on the back of a heavy penalty count in their favour. David Hala was outstanding in his first outing for the Dolphins receiving the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Player of the Match award. Others to impress were Foisa Peni and Asher Elemani who has started the year in solid form. Today presents a good test for the side when they meet undefeated competition leaders Easts on their home turf.
A disappointing first half performance by A Grade saw the side go to the sheds at half time trailing 22 nil. A much improved second half allowed the Dolphins to add some respectability to the scoreboard however to Wests credit they hung onto to their lead and were eventual 28-20 winners. James Douglas was tireless for the Dolphins receiving the HOGS BREATH CAFE Man of the Match award and received good support from Mark Christensen at fullback who is progressing well from a knee reconstruction. Today should see an improved showing from the side starting from kick off.
The Comets began last weeks Premier Grade game in a blur accelerating to a 24 nil lead by the 20 minute mark. To their credit the Dolphins dragged themselves off the matt and registered 38 unanswered points before conceding a late converted try for a final scoreline of 38 points to 30. A confusing trend in the penalty count must be mentioned with the Dolphins being heavily adjudicated in the opening exchanges before seeing the penalties swing in their favour throughout the second half which may go a little way to explaining the large fluctuation in scores. That said Coach Anthony Griffin was impressed with the way his charges kept their composure chasing a large deficit despite not being overly convincing in their execution. Best for the Dolphins was Grant Flugge who had a whale of game receiving the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match while Captain Shane Perry delivered some crucial blows to the Comets when it counted and was voted KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player. Today shapes as a tight contest with Easts registering 2 wins and a draw in the opening rounds to sit 1 point ahead of the Dolphins on the competition ladder. The side will welcome back Pat Gardner after suspension and veteran Troy Lindsay is also an outside chance of playing.
Round 5 action sees the Dolphins return home to Dolphin Oval in what should be a great days footy with the Burleigh Bears travelling north to the Peninsula. The Bears are sure to provide strong opposition and we expect a good crowd on hand to witness the action.
This weeks teams
Queensland Wizard Cup
1. Ryan Cullen 2. Alwyn Simpson 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Adam Fletcher 6. Marty Turner 7. Shane Perry (c) 8. Adam Starr 9. Mick Roberts 10. Pat Gardner 11. Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Shannon Fish Interchange 14. Chris Fox 15. Duane O'Grady 16. Damian Jentz 17. Gerard Parle
Coach Anthony Griffin
FOGS A Grade
1. Mark Christensen 2. Kaine Manihera 3. Pat McGill 4. Rory Bromley 5. Lucas Dearden 6. Matt Anderton 7. Chris Jelich 8. Darren Glase 9. Scott Gillis 10. Dominic Fallini 11. Richard Russell 12. James Douglas 13. Matt Mannion Interchange 14. Brad Massey 15. Mick Pares 16. Dan Jones 17. Mitchell Simpson
Coach Grant Cleal
FOGS Colts Challenge
1. Phil Daisy 2. Jordan Brown 3. Matt Gillett 4. Michael Wilson 5. James Derbyshire 6. Bob Jones 7. Asher Elemani 8. Greg Malenstein 9. Joel Romelo 10. David Hala 11. Foisa Peni 12. Logan Sullivan 13. Tim Benson (c) Interchange 14. Angus Cameron 15. Dane Hogan 16. Stuart May 17. Anthony Tonkin
Coach Craig Ingebrigtsen