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Tweed Heads gave Redcliffe their first tough game of 2004 on Saturday at Dolphin Oval. The Dolphins were found wanting for much of the game but prevailed 25 - 18 after a much improved second half performance.
Tweed dominated procedings in the 1st half and would have led 12 - 4 had Chris Bond not scored in the corner on the hooter. It was the second try of the game to Bond, who has slotted in nicely to replace the flying Aaron Barba who now plays for Penrith. Tweed made easy yards up the middle and did all the simple things right.
In the second half Redcliffe were more determined tries to Trent Leis and former Kiwi International Brian Jellick saw fans breathe a sigh of relief. Damien Richters potted the first conversion of the day and Redcliffe led 18 - 12 after 53 minutes.
Tweed were not finished yet though and continued to find Redcliffe wanting in defense. When Balin Couples crashed across to score and Scott MacDougall converted it was 18-all with 20 to go. Redcliffe passed up a penalty shot minutes later and then failed to put points on the board. Tweed took one awful attempt at a field goal before Shane Perry landed a 40 metre beauty to break the deadlock 19-18.
In the 76th minute Gavin Cooper busted the line to put the game beyond doubt. Tweed can hold their heads high afte this tough encounter at Dolphin Oval. They were impressive and will continue to trouble to good sides this season. Redcliffe have some work to do before their clash against Toowoomba next Saturday.
Redcliffe 25 (C Bond 2, Leis, Jellick, Cooper tries; Richters, Leis goals) def Tweed Heads 18 (Cupples, Barnes, Prichard, Harrison tries; MacDougall goal)
In the A Grade Redcliffe were too good for Brothers-Valleys running out 40 - 8. Joel Barnes grabbed two tries after his 3 try effort last week. At half time it was the Dolphins up 16-nil and they were never troubled by the injury plagued Blues outfit. Luke Bishop was again a standout and only the excellent form of Lindsay, Starr, and Sologinkin are keeping him in A Grade.
Redcliffe 40 (Barnes, Georgetown 2, Vis, W Bond, Black, McEniery tries; Georgetown 4 goals)def Brothers-Valleys 8 (Walker, Mataora tries)
In Colts Redcliffe were without 10 regular players but played strongly to win 42-4.
Redcliffe 42 (Frankcom, Bennett, Murphy, Coutts, Reilly, Hampson, Delaivuna tries, Hampson 7 goals)def Brothers-Valleys 4 (Ferez try)