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A mixed bag last Saturday at Bishop Park for the Dolphins with the A Grade and Premier Grades securing victory with solid wins while the Colts suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Norths Devils.
A disappointing performance by the Colts saw them suffer their first defeat of the year going down 44-18 to the Devils. Unfortunately the Dolphins didn?t respond to the challenge put forward by last season?s premiers and will need to focus on rectifying some worrying traits that crept into their game when the pressure was applied. One of the few positives from this game was the performance put forward by David Hala who at times was playing a lone hand against one of the competition favourites. David received the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match and looks to be a promising prospect.
The A Grade racked up consecutive victorious with a solid win over Norths to the tune of 30 points to 8. The win was based on a foundation of sound defense which is becoming a hallmark of the side?s performances. Mark Shipway and Richie Russell had successful returns from injury in this match and turned in impressive games however the star performer for the Dolphins was Rory Bromley who slotted into the unfamiliar position of 5/8 and relished the extra responsibility. Rory was judged the HOGS BREATH CAF? Man of the Match and will enjoy a delicious steak at Hoggies for effort.
The Premier Grade put in a near faultless first half display to go into halftime with an incredible 40 points to 4 lead over the Devils. The second half turned into a 22 all draw to give the game its final score-line of 62 points to 26 after the Dolphins were unable to maintain the intensity and the Devils fought hard to salvage something from the match. Pat Gardner was instrumental in the win against his old club and deservedly picked up both the KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player and SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match awards for a powerhouse performance. Others to shine were rejuvenated centre Greg Bourke and another former Devil Marty Turner in his best game for the Dolphins thus far.
This week the Dolphins are on the road for the second week running when we travel to Kougari Oval to tackle Wynnum in all grades. The matches will be tight in the lower grades with the clubs evenly positioned on their respective competition ladders while in the QLD Wizard Cup the Seagulls will be keen to register their first win of the season on home soil against their Bayside rivals in the first leg of the hotly contested Herald Cup.
This weeks teams
Queensland Wizard Cup
1. Ryan Cullen 2. Alwyn Simpson 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Adam Fletcher 6. Chris Fox 7. Marty Turner 8. Troy Lindsay (c) 9. Mick Roberts 10. Pat Gardner 11. Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Gerard Parle Interchange 14. Duane O'Grady 15. Darren Glase 16. Adam Starr 17. Shannon Fish
Coach Anthony Griffin
FOGS A Grade
1. Mitchell Simpson 2. Kaine Manihera 3. Pat McGill 4. Rory Bromley 5. Adam Lutchetti 6. Mark Christensen 7. Chris Kluft 8. Damian Jentz 9. Scott Gillis 10. Dom Fallini 11. Mark Shipway 12. James Douglas 13. Matt Mannion Interchange 14. Chris Jelich 15. Mick Pares 16.Richie Russell 17. Dan Jones
Coach Grant Cleal
FOGS Colts Challenge
1. Phil Daisy 2. Tim Yee 3. Matt Gillett 4. Michael Wilson 5. James Derbyshire 6. Asher Elemani 7. Joel Romelo 8. Greg Malenstein 9. Tim Benson (c) 10. David Hala 11. Foisa Peni 12. Matt Handcock 13. Logan Sullivan Interchange 14. Dane Hogan 15. Tom Donnelly 16. Stuart May 17. Jon Broad
Coach Craig Ingebrigtsen