Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
3 days ago
Last weekend proved to be another tough one for the Dolphins with the Colts and Premier Grades going down to Burleigh at Pizzey Park while the A grade were able to register a win.
The Colts suffered only their second defeat of the season going down 18-16 to Burleigh. The Dolphins performance wasn?t too far off the mark however a slow start that presented the Bears with a number of opportunities became a telling factor as the game progressed. The Burleigh defence deserves a mention and it was the highlight of their victory. Rhys Cooke on debut was best for the Dolphins after a mid week call up from the U18?s and received the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match Award, Asher Elemani and Sam Schull also put in impressive performances.
Grant Cleal?s A Grade side pulled off one of the wins of the season with their 26 points to 24 win over the second placed Burleigh side. In similar circumstances to the round 1 game between the 2 sides the Dolphins called upon 5 colts to play on the day due to a long list of unavailable players affecting the sides preparation, despite this the players put in a gritty performance to walk away with the spoils and elevate them back into the top five. Plenty of good performances to choose from but the standout was Colt Mick Wilson who received the HOGS BREATH CAF? Man of the Match with fellow Colt Logan Sullivan and the ever improving Luke Boldery also making a good account of themselves.
The Premier Grade suffered a 24 points to 7 defeat at the hands of Burleigh although the Dolphins were far from disgraced. The Dolphins were able to conjure a 7-6 lead at halftime on the back of a mountain of defence however as the second half played out the defensive effort took its toll and the Burleigh side were able to slip away with the win. The Club is proud of the performance put in by the players and when you consider the side made approximately 140 more tackles than their opposition it was an impressive showing by the undermanned Dolphins. Young winger Tim Yee had his best outing for the side and received the plaudits of his team mates with the KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player Award while back rower Danny Burke amassed 45 tackles and 16 hit ups in a tireless effort and was awarded the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match.
This week the local derby sees Norths travel to Dolphin Oval in three grades in what will be 3 good contests. Action starts at 11.45am with the Colts and kick-off for the main game is 3.00pm.