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The Dolphins had one of their toughest days of the season last weekend at the Piggabeen complex when Tweed were able to claw back some ground in the Club Championship by winning 2 of the 3 games on offer.
The Colts provided the only good news story of the day with an impressive thumping of Tweed to the tune of 48 points to 28. It was a satisfying victory for the side given that they provided 4 players to the A Grade who have been suffering due to a long injury list within the Club. Asher Elemani led from the front receiving the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match while Tim Yee was outstanding at 5/8. The four U18?s players Adam Marr, Tom Butterfield, Luifau Hala and Takai Tamiotikiau who were called upon also deserve a mention and more than held their own.
The A grade suffered a heavy 54-12 defeat at the hands of Tweed. An amazing second half saw Tweed amass more than a point a minute to register 44 unanswered points after trailing 12-10 at half time. The Dolphins can offer no excuses for this performance and it was disappointing to see the effort levels drop away as the game got beyond reach. There were many forgettable aspects to this game however one positive to emerge was the performance of the four colts on debut in the senior grade. Logan Sullivan, Foisa Peni, Jon Broad and Tim Benson made a good account of themselves and were among a small group that could feel satisfied with their game. The HOGS BREATH CAF? Man of the Match went to Chris Jelich.
The Wizard Cup side suffered their second defeat of the season to a determined Tweed outfit which had primed itself for a big performance. The Dolphins ball control proved to be its worst of the year completing around only 60% of their sets, the side was also unable to mount any real pressure with the ball particularly in the first half and was not posing any real threat to an enthusiastic Tweed defensive line. Things improved slightly in the second half and at one stage the Dolphins got within striking distance however good defence on Tweeds behalf and crucial errors from the Dolphins saw the game slip away. A late converted try from Tweed gave the game its final score line of 22 points to 8. Winger Kaine Manihera was one of the few to threaten the defence and was voted the KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player while back rower Grant Flugge picked up the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match award.
The Club will be keen to register 3 wins this weekend when the side returns to Dolphin Oval to tackle the Ipswich Jets. The nature of the competitions means all sides are a threat on their day and the Dolphins are treating this weekends games against the Jets cautiously.
This weeks teams
Queensland Wizard Cup
1. Ryan Cullen 2. Kaine Manihera 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Alwyn Simpson 6. Rory Bromley 7. Mick Roberts 8. Troy Lindsay (c) 9. Shannon Fish 10. Adam Starr 11. Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Gerard Parle Interchange 14. Damian Jentz 15. Richie Russell 16. Tim Yee 17. Pat Gardner
Coach Anthony Griffin
FOGS A Grade
1. Mark Christensen 2. Adam Fletcher 3. Pat McGill 4. Chris Guimelli 5. Adam Luchetti 6. Chris Fox 7. Chris Jelich 8. Darren Glase 9. Tim Benson 10. Clint Frazer 11. Mick Pares 12. James Douglas 13. Matt Mannion Interchange 14. Mitchell Simpson 15.Luke Boldery 16. Foisa Peni 17. Sam Fillery
Coach Grant Cleal
FOGS Colts Challenge
1. Phil Daisy 2. Andrew Rickert 3. Jordan Brown 4. Michael Wilson 5. Dion Porteous 6. Matt Gillett 7. Angus Cameron 8. Greg Malenstein 9. Tom Butterfield 10. Stuart May 11. Adam Marr 12. Jon Broad 13. Logan Sullivan Interchange 14. Sam Scull 15. Anthony Tonkin 16. Liufau Hala 17. Takai Tamiotikiau
Coach Craig Ingebrigtsen