The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Last weekend saw the Dolphins lower grades suffer convincing defeats at Kirby Park against Aspley while the Wizard Cup side bounced back with a satisfying win over the Toowoomba Clydesdales at Clive Berghofer Stadium.
The Colts went down to the tune of 38-10 to Aspley after failing to turn a glut of early possession into points. A poor execution rate never gave the Dolphins a chance and the side will be working on playing a low mistake rate style of football as the finals approach. Sam Schull continued his impressive development and received the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match Award with solid support coming from Logan Sullivan.
The A Grade again faltered against a side positioned last on the competition ladder and have the unenviable record of going down 4 times this season to a team in that position. The 34 points to 14 loss puts the Dolphins in a precarious position as the finals approach with only 3 games left to qualify for the play offs. Matt Proberts was the deserved HOGS BREATH CAF? Man of the Match with Matt Anderton and Scott Gillis also making a good account of themselves.
The Wizard Cup side were able to perform an about face on the previous weeks showing with a strong performance against the Clydesdales running out 34-16 winners. From the kick-off the Dolphins were enthusiastic in their approach and were able to frustrate the Clydesdales with some sound defense. Chris Fox celebrated his return to the top grade by topping both the tackle count and hit-ups and received the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match Award with Adam Starr being voted by his peers as the KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player.
This weekend?s game against Souths/Logan marks a wonderful milestone for the Dolphins and Premier Grade Captain Troy ?Cowboy? Lindsay who will equal the legendary Peter Leis? record of first grade games with 261 appearances. People who achieve these type of milestones have a lot of things written and said about them and the glowing endorsements Troy will receive undoubtedly fit the man, but to rave about who he is in this column would embarrass him. The Dolphins would simply like to say that both ourselves and Peter Leis are extremely proud a Clubman of Troy?s caliber will now be our most capped player and the words Dolphin Legend will sit comfortably on this humble mans broad shoulders.
This weeks sides Queensland Wizard Cup 1. Ryan Cullen 2. Kaine Manihera 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Chris Giumelli 6. Chris Fox 7. Marty Turner 8. Troy Lindsay (c) 9. Mick Roberts 10. Adam Starr 11. Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Gerard Parle Interchange 14. Nick Walker 15. Mark Shipway 16. Danny Green 17. Shannon Fish Coach Anthony Griffin
FOGS A Grade 1. Mitchell Simpson 2. Luke Boldery 3. Pat McGill 4. Matt Mannion 5. Adam Luchetti 6. Chris Jelich 7. Matt Anderton 8. Clint Frazer 9. Scott Gillis 10. Dom Fallini 11. Matt Proberts 12. Richie Russell 13. Sam Fillery Interchange 14. Mick Pares 15. Jimmy Douglas 16. Chris Kluft 17 TBA Coach Grant Cleal
FOGS Colts Challenge 1. Andrew Rickert 2. Michael Wilson 3. Jake Marketo 4. Matt Gillett 5. Jordon Brown 6. Joel Romelo 7. Asher Elemani 8. David Hala 9. Tim Benson 10. Sam Schull 11. Matt Handcock 12. Foisa Peni 13. Logan Sullivan Interchange 14. Adam Marr 15. Greg Malenstein 16. Jon Broad 17. Angus Cameron Coach Matt Wood