Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
The battle of the Bayside Clubs last weekend at Dolphin Oval saw the Dolphins take the spoils in the Colts and A Grade while Wynnum broke a long standing trend by handing the Dolphins a thrashing in the QLD Wizard Cup clash.
The Colts had a solid 28-18 win over Wynnum after trailing 12-10 at the half time break. The second half saw the Dolphins create numerous opportunities and despite squandering up to 5 genuine chances were still able run out winners. 17 year old halfback Asher Elemani was instrumental in a number of attacking raids and received the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match Award for his efforts while workaholic back rowers Logan Sullivan and Adam Marr deserve mention for their wholehearted performances.
The A Grade bounced back from the previous weeks disappointing loss with a crucial 22 points to 16 win over Wynnum. The victory sees the side back in the top five and with 4 teams currently locked in a battle for 4th and 5th spot it was a timely victory. The side?s defense was the cornerstone of the win, a fact that will no doubt please Coach Grant Cleal. Mark Shipway made his return from a broken cheekbone with a barnstorming performance and will eat out at HOGS BREATH CAFE during the week thanks to his Man of the Match performance, Matt Anderton and Mitchell Simpson also acquitted themselves well and were instrumental in the victory.
The Queensland Wizard Cup side suffered their heaviest defeat of the season in the second leg of the Herald Cup losing to Wynnum 40 points to 18. The final margin flatters the Dolphins with 2 converted tries in the dying moments of the match giving the score a degree of respectability. It was a most disappointing showing by the Dolphins and the somber mood in the dressing sheds at fulltime reflected this. The result should highlight that no game in this competition can be taken for granted and results will not be achieved by turning up and just going through the motions. Mick Roberts bucked the trend and had an outstanding game doing everything in his power to spark the side into action. Mick received both the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS and KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Player of the Match Awards. Today the side travels to Toowoomba to tackle the Clydesdales in an important top three clash.
Congratulations to David Hala for his selection in the Australian Schoolboys side to tour Great Britain later in the year. It has been a stellar year for David whose game has come along in leaps and bounds.