The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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With a bye in the last round the Dolphins finished off the season proper with one win, one draw and one loss against Tweed at Dolphin Oval last Saturday.
For the small crowd on hand to witness it, the Colts game was an astonishing spectacle. For the first 45 minutes of the game it was all Redcliffe who raced to a 38-6 lead and looked to be cruising, however momentum swung in the most dramatic way and the remaining 25 minutes the Tweed side were able to amass 32 unanswered points and in the end the Dolphins can consider themselves lucky to escape with a 38 all draw. With the finals now the teams focus Coach Matt Wood will be eager to ensure a lesson is learnt from this game. That said, congratulations are in order for the team for their second place finish to the season and the Dolphins are sure to make a good account of themselves in the finals. Best against the Tweed were Asher Elemani, Jordan Brown and David Hala with David receiving the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match Award.
Unfortunately the A Grade finished the season with a disappointing 44-16 loss to runaway competition leaders Tweed. It has been a tough year for the side and Saturday?s game was no different with the side never really in the hunt. The Dolphins thank all the players and staff for their efforts this year and hope they are all better for having spent this season with us. Dominic Fallini, Scott Gillis, Mitchell Simpson, Mick Pares and Luke Boldery have all had strong seasons and should give supporters encouragement for the future. We would also like to offer our appreciation for the team?s man of the match sponsor HOGS BREATH CAF? for their continued support of our A Grade out fit. For those players who are moving on we wish them every success in the future, and encourage those who are staying with us to take the experiences this year with them into next season and use them to make every post a winner. Best for the side against Tweed were Mitchell Simpson who was awarded the Man of the Match with Luke Boldery and Sam Fillery also making a good account of themselves.
The Wizard Cup side had a strong 40 points to 10 win over the Tweed to finish the competition rounds in third place regardless of this weekends matches. The win was one of the Dolphins better hit outs for the season although admittedly Tweed were well below their best. Leading 20-10 at halftime Anthony Griffins men went on with the job in the second half matching the 20 points scored in the first while conceding none. The side will now enjoy the break this weekend presents and then look toward a trip to either Toowoomba or Townsville for the 2 versus 3 showdown. Playing his 150th first grade game Danny Burke received both the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match and KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player Awards.
Wizard Cup centre Nick Emmett is the only casualty from last weekends game with a quadriceps tear and the injury will be closely monitored to determine if he is able to take part in the final series.
Coach Anthony Griffin has named a 23 man squad for the finals series, Ryan Cullen, Chris Giumelli, Greg Bourke, Nick Emmett, Rory Bromley, Chris Fox, Marty Turner, Troy Lindsay, Mick Roberts, Adam Starr, Grant Flugge, Danny Burke, Gerard Parle, Mark Shipway, Nick Walker, Danny Green, Shannon Fish, Pat Gardner, Damian Jentz, Kaine Manihera, Dominic Fallini, Scott Gillis and Mitchell Simpson.