While the 2018 #NRL Pre-Season is still a few weeks away, there's a bunch of warm-up clashes happeni...
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Two wins in the lower grades at Tugun and a loss at Townsville for Premier Grade were the outcomes of last weekend?s fixtures for the Dolphins.
The Colts had their first runaway win of the year when they defeated the Tugun outfit 64 points to 12 at the Betty Diamond Complex. Although the Tugun boys haven?t been travelling all that well coach Waverley Stanley was still reasonably happy with his sides approach to this game and is confident the team will grow a little from this result. Sam Maniat and Mick Pares both picked up trebles in the game and Mick was awarded the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match for his dominant display.
Although the score was nothing like the Colts the A Grade came up with an 18-16 win just the same. The game was reportedly not a great spectacle however it was pleasing for Coach Iggy Graham that his side found a way to win. Liam Georgetown, Mark Christensen and Luke Bloomfield all crossed over for 4 pointers in the win with Bloomfield kicking 2 goals and Gerard Parle 1. Mark Christensen played himself into some form and was judged the HOGS BREATH CAFE Man of the Match for a good performance, Mark receives a dinner for 2.
The Premier Grade found the trip North to Townsville tough going and suffered at the hands of a pumped up Young Guns going down 34-16. The Dolphins were out enthused on the night and as a result every time the game became an arm wrestle unfortunately it was the Dolphins who would produce a mistake handing control of the match over to the youthful northerners. The side understands the competition is now at a level that requires your best efforts each week and were disappointed in the performance on the night. Matt Mapes is continuing to impress and played out the full 80 mins contributing with strong defence and some clever off-loads with the ball, Matt received the KEYSTAR MOTORS Players Player Award. Captain Shane Perry was another who put in a wholehearted performance, Shane picks up his first SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match as a result.
On the injury front Dan Jones and Duane O?Grady made successful returns last weekend in A Grade while Matt Anderton?s rib injury continues to cause concern. Dominic Fallini returns to the Colts this weekend from a shoulder re-construction which is great to see as Dom has worked extremely hard on his rehabilitation, Maddison Murphy is also very close to returning after off season shoulder surgery as well, Clint Frazer?s groin injury requires tests and is a concern.
The Dolphins take on the Ipswich Jets in 3 grades at Dolphin Oval on Sunday. In Premier Grade the Jets are coming off their first win of the season and will travel to Redcliffe intent on making it 2 in a row while the Dolphins are sure to be on the hunt to rectify last weeks performance. The A Grade will be an interesting fixture with Ipswich trailing the Dolphins by 1 point on the competition ladder, the team that comes out on top will consolidate third spot on the ladder while in the Colts the Dolphins will be out to continue last weeks form at the expense of Ipswich who have managed 1 draw from their 5 outings. Games start a 11.45am with the Premier Grade kick-off at 3.00pm.
This weeks teams for the clash with the Ipswich Jets are Wizard Queensland Cup 1. Ryan Cullen 2. Phil Shilvock 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Matt Gruszka 6. Shane Perry (c) 7. Michael Roberts 8. Troy Lindsay 9. Shannon Fish 10. Adam Starr 11. Matt Mapes 12. Danny Burke 13. Grant Flugge Interchange 14. Nathan Herbener 15. Nick Walker 16. Jamie Russo 17. Danny Green Coach Anthony Griffin
Mixwell Cup 1. Luke Tonion 2. Liam Georgetown 3. Matt Mannion 4. Mark Christensen 5. Chris Guimelli 6. Chris Fox 7. Nathan Black 8. Damien Jentz 9. Pete Delaivuna 10. Quin Smith 11. Joe Stewart 12. Gerard Parle 13. Matt Dawson Interchange 14. Maddison Murphy 15. Daniel Jones 16. Allan Hughes 17. Cody Norton Coach Ian Graham
Mixwell Colts Challenge 1. Mitchell Simpson 2. Daniel Bennett 3. Jarred Tatipata 4. Sam Maniat 5. Matt Gillett 6. Joe Parekura 7. Wayne Bond 8. Kim Phoenix 9. Scott Gillis 10. Stuart May 11. Jack Reis 12. Jason Frazer 13. Mick Pares Interchange 14. Jordan Brown 15. Brad Massey 16. Jason Campbell 17. Dominic Fallini Coach Waverley Stanley