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Redcliffe played havoc with their opponents today racking up 240 points to 18 across the three grades. The real test begins next week though when they play the first of three top of the table clashes before the semi finals.
In the Queensland Cup Redcliffe sits equal second after thumping the Comets 54 ? 4 in Rocky Saturday night. The points table is crowded though with 7 teams vying for 5 finals positions. Wins over Easts, Burleigh and Norths would see the Dolphins take the minor premiership on for and against. As little as one loss could see them finish 6th and watch the finals from the sidelines.
This weekend?s game against Easts will be a blockbuster at Langlands Park and is my tip for the Grand Final.
The road ahead: Burleigh (28) Central (A), Redcliffe (A), Wynnum (H) Redcliffe (26) Easts (A), Burleigh (H), Norths (H) Toowoomba (26) Wynnum (H), North Qld (A), Tweed (A) Easts (26*) Redcliffe (H), Norths (H), Souths Logan (A) Wynnum (25) Toowoomba (A), Central (H), Burleigh (A) Norths (24*) Ipswich (H), Easts (A), Redcliffe (A) North Qld Brothers-Valleys (A), Toowoomba (H), Central (A) * game in hand
In A Grade Redcliffe are a little safer in 3rd place sitting four points ahead of nearest rivals Wynnum after embarrassing Runaway Bay 100-2 today. Easts, Burleigh and Norths however are the other three likely finalists so how we play in these rounds may be a preview to our title defense. Redcliffe?s form does not bode well for these clashes but one only has to return to this time last season when the Dolphins seemed a long shot to even make the Grand Final let alone win it.
After their 86-12 demolition of Runaway Bay, Redcliffe?s Colts are statistically a chance but sit in 6th place, a point behind Wests and 3 points behind 4th placed Souths Logan. Wests and Souths Logan both play Runaway Bay in the last 3 Rounds so should win at least another game each. Our last three opponents you guessed it are the top three sides in Colts. Win all three and we have a chance if other things fall our way. A loss to Easts this weekend and it will be goodnight 2004 for the ?03 Premiers.