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The Dolphins were able to secure 3 wins last weekend at Dolphin Oval over the Ipswich Jets with the Colts squeaking home in the dying minutes and the A Grade and Wizard cups sides securing relatively comfortable wins.
Matt Gillett registered 4 tries in the Colts 26-22 win over Ipswich with his final effort sealing victory for the Dolphins in the dying minutes. This was another solid effort from the Craig Ingebrigsten?s side again losing 4 players to A Grade along with David Hala, Joel Romelo and Asher Elemani unavailable due to rep commitments. The Ipswich side threw everything at the Dolphins in what was a good quality match with the defensive efforts from both sides being the highlight. Gillett was his sides best with a dominant performance receiving the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match award, the Club is keen to see him continue in this vein after a slow start to the year. The ever present Logan Sullivan was also crucial in the win along with Tom Butterfield.
The A Grade side got back in the winners circle with a strong 38 points to 10 win over the Jets. A strong first half saw the side convert almost every opportunity presented to them to go to the sheds 30 nil in front. The second half was a bit scrappy with both sides squandering possession cheaply although this can partly be attributed to rugged defence from both sides. Each side posted two tries for a final score line of 38 points to 10. Dominic Fallini continued his strong form receiving the HOGS BREATH CAF? Man of the Match award while Chris Fox was impressive after relegation from the Wizard Cup, Colt Tim Benson was also willing in the Dolphins victory.
Switching Mick Roberts from hooker to half worked well for the Qld Wizard Cup team with the side registering a 48 to 18 victory over Ipswich. Roberts continually asked questions of the Ipswich defence with his darting runs and clever passing game. To be fair the margin is a little flattering to the Dolphins who at times found themselves on the back foot with the Jets having the run of play at various stages. To the sides credit they put the game beyond date in the later stages when a couple of opportunities presented themselves. Roberts received the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match in a tight finish over Nick Emmett who had an outstanding game creating a number of chances with the ball. Pat Gardner picked up the KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player award with a typically rugged performance.
Congratulations to Joel Romelo and David Hala for their selection in the QLD U17 side and well done also to Asher Elemani who can count himself unlucky to miss selection after a strong showing in the selection trial.
Tim Yee also deserves congratulations after his Wizard Cup debut last weekend against Ipswich. Tim is a quiet customer who often flies under the radar and he can be proud of his performance last weekend. The Dolphins see Tim as a good prospect for the future.
The Club splits this weekend with the Wizard Cup side heading to Rockhampton to tackle the Comets on Saturday night and the lower grades travelling to Kev McKell Oval for their games against the Western Districts on the same night.
This weeks teams Queensland Wizard Cup 1. Ryan Cullen 2. Kaine Manihera 3. Chris Fox 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. Mitchell Simpson 2. Luke Boldery 3. Pat McGill 4. Chris Guimelli 5. Adam Lutchetti 6. Matt Anderton 7. Chris Jelich 8. Dominic Fallini 9. Tim Benson 10. Clint Frazer 11. Foisa Peni 12. James Douglas 13. Mick Pares Interchange 14. Nick Walker 15. Jon Broad 16. Sam Fillery 17. Darren Glase Coach Grant Cleal
FOGS Colts Challenge 1. Phil Daisy 2. Andrew Rickert 3. Anthony Tonkin 4. Michael Wilson 5. Dion Porteous 6. Matt Gillett 7. Asher Elemani 8. Greg Malenstein 9. Tom Butterfield 10. Liufau Hala 11. Adam Marr 12. Jake Marketo 13. Logan Sullivan Interchange 14. Sam Schull 15. Angus Cameron 16. Jordan Brown 17. Takai Tamiotikiau Coach Craig Ingebrigtsen