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The Dolphins Colts and Premier Grade sides responded well to the challenge after a horror start to the season against North?s in Rd 1 and the A Grade side powered home over last years Premiers when the Club completed a clean sweep of East?s at Dolphin Oval last Sunday.
The Colts started the day well for the Dolphins when they recovered from a 16-6 half time deficit to rack up 40 unanswered points in the second stanza. Most pleasing was the defensive effort in the second half which should see the young side?s confidence boosted. The Man of the Match was Jason Frazer who is showing the benefit of a good off-seasons work, he picks up a voucher from Leading Edge Sports for his efforts.
The A Grade showed good determination with their 36-18 win over the Tigers. The side started well registering 3 good tries before stumbling trying to do too much with the ball, scores tightened up into half time however the side composed itself and ran out comfortable winners in the end. Brothers/Valleys recruit Damien Jentz was rewarded for a tireless display with the Hogs Breath Cafe Man of the Match Award.
The Premier Grade outfit registered their first win of the season with a dour victory over last season?s Grand Finalists. Trailing 16-6 at half time with the worry of a 55% completion rate hanging over their head the side focused themselves at the break and were able to register 36 points before conceding 2 late tries to finish off 42-28 victors. It was a confidence boosting hit out with Danny Burke leading from the front, Danny picked up both the Searle?s Garden Products Player of the Match and the Keystar Players Player Awards and has started the season in solid form after his Round 1 Man of the Match performance.
Liam Tallon appears to be the only injury from the weekend after straining his hamstring 5 minutes into his top grade debut for the Dolphins, Liam should be back into the fray in a couple weeks.
Former Rooster, Parramatta, South Sydney and Canberra player Jamie Russo has joined the Dolphins, he will add some good depth to the back row and the Club welcomes him aboard and wishes him all the best for the season.
The Club travels to Burleigh this weekend in what will be a good test to our progress thus far. The Bears have put on a big day on the Coast with free entry and Sea FM broadcasting live from the ground. We look forward to the challenge and are sure our supporters will make the trip for a great days footy.
This weeks sides Queensland Cup 1.Ryan Cullen 2.Mark Christensen 3.Greg Bourke 4.Nick Emmett 5.Matt Gruszka 6.Shane Perry(c)7.Michael Roberts 8.Troy Lindsay 9.Shannon Fish 10.Adam Starr 11.Matt Mapes 12.Danny Burke 13.Gerard Parle Interchange 14.Matt Dawson 15.Nathan Herbener 16.Nick Walker 17.Grant Flugge
A Grade 1.Luke Tonion 2.Chris Guimelli 3.Luke Bloomfield 4.Joe Stewart 5.Phil Shilvock 6.Chris Fox 7.Terry Jones 8.Damien Jentz 9.Nathan Black 10.Clint Frazer 11.Ieremia Filipo 12.Duane O'Grady 13.Jamie Russo Interchange 14.Quin Smith 15.Peter Delaivuna 16.Allan Hughes 17.Danny Green
Colts 1.Sam Maniat 2.Mitchell Simpson 3.Jordon Brown 4.Chris Torrington 5.Matt Gillett 6.Abe Barrett 7.Wayne Bond 8.Kim Phoenix 9.Scott Gillis 10.Stuart May 11.Jack Reis 12.Jason Frazer 13.Mick Pares Interchange 14.John Broad 15.Daniel Bennett 16.Brad Massey 17.Jason Campbell
On the injury front Daniel Jones is 3-4 weeks away with an ankle injury, Matt Anderton has a rib problem and will miss a couple of weeks, Liam Tallon damaged his hamstring and will miss one week and Sam Fillery will go for an MRI on a shoulder problem.