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A mixed bag for the Dolphins last weekend at Dolphin Oval with the Colts finishing with a draw, the A grade a solid win while the Wizard Cup side?s winning run was ended by the Clydesdales.
The Colts put in one of their better performances for the year against an Aspley outfit that was peppered with Wizard Cup experience. Scoring 6 tries to 5 the Dolphins looked to have the game in hand at 30 points to 24 however a late lapse in concentration presented the visitors with the opportunity to level the scores and with 2 minutes remaining they obliged. Despite the drawn result the Dolphins should still draw a great deal of confidence from this game after more than matching it with one of the competition favourites. LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match went to Matt Handcock who had a whale of a game along with his back-row counterparts Logan Sullivan and Foisa Peni.
The A Grade put in a tradesman like performance to register a 32 - 16 win over competition newcomers Aspley. Going in at halftime 10-6 leaders the Dolphins continued to apply pressure to their opponents and was able to put the result beyond doubt with tries to Richie Russell, Kaine Manihera, Dominic Fallini and Scott Gillis in the second half. Fallini again proved to be one of his side?s best and received the HOGS BREATH CAFE Man of the Match award, Richie Russell deserves mention for a strong showing along with Scott Gillis and Pat McGill who excelled in the back-row after injuries forced a switch from the centres.
Anthony Griffin?s Premier Grade outfit suffered their first defeat of the year going down 42-28 to Toowoomba. The Dolphins started the game a little flat compared to previous weeks although in saying that the Clydesdales came out all guns blazing and didn?t allow the Dolphins to gather any momentum. In recent times the Dolphins forward pack has rarely been outgunned but on this occasion the young Clydesdales engine room proved too strong, Dolphins fans can be confident our boys will be keen to make amends this weekend. Best for the Dolphins was Gerard Parle who received both the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS and KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Player of the Match Awards.
Congratulations to Greg Bourke who surpassed former Dolphin Damien Richters as the all time highest point scorer of the QLD Wizard Cup after scoring 12 points in last weeks game to move to 1042 points. Bourkey has become a popular figure around the Club and we are happy he was able to achieve this impressive milestone with the Dolphins.
Well done also to Kiwi import Kaine Manihera who makes his Wizard Cup debut today against Souths/Logan. Kaine has worked hard since joining the Dolphins and has been rewarded with a wing birth. He is an explosive type who brings a bit of unpredictability to the sides attacking options.
This weeks teams Queensland Wizard Cup 1. Alwyn Simpson 2. Kaine Manihera 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Rory Bromley 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. Mark Shipway 15. Damian Jentz 16. Adam Starr 17. Shannon Fish Coach Anthony Griffin
FOGS A Grade 1. Mark Christensen 2. Adam Fletcher 3. Pat McGill 4. Chris Guimelli 5. Adam Lutchetti 6. Chris Jelich 7. Chris Kluft 8. Darren Glase 9. Scott Gillis 10. Dominic Fallini 11. Richie Russell 12. Jimmy Douglas 13. Matt Mannion (c) Interchange 14. Mitchell Simpson 14. Mick Pares 16. Luke Boldery 17. Sam Fillery Coach Grant Cleal
FOGS Colts Challenge 1. Phil Daisy 2. Andrew Rickert 3. Tim Yee 4. Michael Wilson 5. Anthony Tonkin 6. Matt Gillett 7. Tom Donnelly 8. Greg Malenstein 9. Tim Benson (c) 10. Stuart May 11. Foisa Peni 12. Matt Handcock 13. Logan Sullivan Interchange 14. Sam Schull 15. Jack Webb 16. Jon Broad 17. Jordan Brown Coach Craig Ingebrigtsen