THE Dolphins opened the season with wins in all grades at Ipswich last weekend. All 3 games were tough encounters and it was pleasing for the coaches their sides were able to walk away with 2 points.The Colts jumped out of the blocks well slipping out to a halftime lead of 14-6. The Jets worked themselves back into the game leading 16-14 midway through the second half before a tense finish saw the Dolphins run out eventual winners 20 points to 14.The side will need to improve its discipline in the future with too many unnecessary penalties. Matt Handcock and Tom Donnelly will spend 3 weeks on the sidelines after an unfortunate tackle while Captain Tim Benson proved the sides best collecting the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match. This week sees the Dolphins tackling the Western District Panthers for the first home game of the season.The A Grade encounter was a rugged affair with both sides playing the game in a physical style. The Dolphins finished 34-14 winners after playing the final 25 minutes with 12 men after Richie Russell was sent off. It was a solid effort from the Dolphins as the game was still a tight contest when Richie left the field, Coach Grant Cleal was impressed with the way the side put the game beyond doubt in the circumstances. Dominic Fallini continued his impressive trial form receiving the HOGS BREATH CAFE Man of the Match award off the bench, Dom was well supported by NZ recruit Kaine Manihera and Mark Shipway who unfortunately picked up a rib cartilage injury. The team also tackles the Western District Panthers this weekend who will be keen to register their first win.The Premier Grade side completed the trifecta with a hard fought win over the Jets to the tune of 34 points to 12. The game was a good contest despite the scoreline with the Dolphins relying on a determined defensive effort to shut out Ipswich on their home soil. The win has come a cost with Clint Frazer badly separating the AC joint in his shoulder, Danny Green also suffered a shoulder injury while Pat Gardner will miss one week through suspension, Duane O?Grady was thought to have broken the scaffoid in his left hand however tests have cleared him of a break. Winger Adam Fletcher was solid on debut for the Dolphins receiving the KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player award and evergreen forward Adam Starr proved his worth again with his SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match performance, others to impress were Danny Burke and centres Greg Bourke and Nick Emmett. This week provides a real test for the Dolphins depth with a number of player?s unavailable to confront the Central Comets who will be champing at the bit after downing the Burleigh Bears for the first time last weekend. The first home games of the season shape as good encounters and with the Wizard Family Day promotion on we can expect a good crowd on hand for their first fix of Dolphin Oval footy for the year.This weeks teamsQueensalnd Wizard Cup1. Ryan Cullen 2. Alwyn Simpson 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Adam Fletcher 6. Marty Turner 7. Shane Perry (c) 8. Adam Starr 9. Mick Roberts 16. Damian Jentz 11. Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Shannon Fish Interchange 14. Chris Fox 15. Duane O'Grady 10. Darren Glase 17. Gerard ParleCoach Anthony GriffinFOGS Cup A grade1. Mark Christensen 2. Kaine Manihera 3. Pat McGill 4. Rory Bromley 5. Lucas Deaden 6. Matt Anderton (c) 7. Chris Jelich 8. Brad Massey 9. Scott Gillis 10. Dom Fallini 11. James Douglas 12. Dan Jones 13. Matt Mannion Interchange 14. Mick Pares 15. Xavier Jordan 16. Josh McCormick 17. Sam Fillery Coach Grant ClealFOGS Colts Challenge1. Phil Daisy 2. Dion Porteous 3. Matt Gillett 4. Michael Wilson 5. James Derbyshire 6. Bob Jones 7. Asher Elemani 8. Greg Malenstein 9. Angus Cameron 10. Jon Broad 11. Foisa Peni 12. Logan Sullivan 13. Tim Benson (c) Interchange 14. David Hala 15. Dane Hogan 16. Stuart May 17. Anthony TonkinCoach Craig IngebrigtsenThe Redcliffe Dolphins ask all members and supporters of the Leagues and Football Clubs to get behind the club's Cyclone Larry Appeal donations are being taken at reception in the Leagues Club.
NRL chief executive David Gallop says he is willing to risk losing representative stars such as St George Illawarra centre Mark Gasnier to rugby union if it means preserving the salary cap.Gallop says the NRL will not relax its rules to keep the likes of Gasnier and fellow internationals Anthony Minichiello and Willie Tonga from switching codes. He says the salary cap is responsible for creating one of the most even competitions in the game's history, and he is not willing to jeopardise that to retain one player.Dragons three-quarter Gasnier is believed to be in talks with Australian Rugby Union officials about a switch next season, with rumours of contracts worth up to $750,000 a season said to be on offer.
ANXIOUS Brisbane Broncos officials hope to find out today whether prop Shane Webcke will be available for Sunday's NRL clash against Parramatta.
AFTER the heartbreaking loss last week in Golden Point extra time against the Panthers, this week the Dragons back up against Russells Rabbitoh's on Sunday. The Dragons still have a number of players out with injury, but will welcome Trent Barrett back with open arms as his leadership and passing game were both sorely missed last week. After losing the Charity Shield the team should be fired up to knock off the Rabbitoh's and register their first win of the season. This weeks match will be shown at The Grosvenor Hotel at East St Kilda at 2:30. With the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony being held that night after the match, we would like to invite all and sundry to also come into The Beach at The Arts Centre to watch the Closing Ceremony on the big screen. This is a great place to soak up the atmosphere of the final night of the Games, and the tram from the Grosvenor takes you straight up St Kilda Rd to the Arts Centre! Plan is to meet up there at 5:30 if you are able to make it. WHAT: Dragons v Rabbitohs + Commonwealth Games Closing CeremonyWHEN: Sunday 27th March 2:30pmWHERE: Grosvenor Hotel 10 Brighton Rd, East St Kilda for the footy - followed by The Beach At The Arts Centre at 5:30 Look forward to catching up with you this weekend!!
FIRST up, apologies for my absence last week, had a corked thigh which ruled me out. I?m back and hitting it up hard this week though with normal service having resumed here at LU.
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A classy display from Castleford heaped more pressure on Wigan as Ian Millward?s Warriors were soundly beaten 38-18 at the Jungle.
HULL arrested a run of three straight engage Super League defeats against Wakefield at Belle Vue, although their 28-20 victory was not as convincing as they might have wished.
RAMPANT Huddersfield ran in 11 tries as beleaguered Harlequins suffered a 64-14 drubbing at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
CATALANS Dragons gave new coach Mick Potter a dream start to his reign by pulling off their first away victory in the engage Super League at the expense of a stunned Warrington by 28-26.
LEEDS wore down Salford?s spirited resistance to edge a hard-fought encounter but Karl Harrison?s men left Headingley with their pride intact and their reputation enhanced despite going down 20-12.
FORMER Bradford favourite Leon Pryce helped wreck his old club?s 18-match unbeaten run in Friday night?s engage Super League table-topping clash at Knowsley Road as St Helens got bast the Bulls 38-16.
IN hot conditions the Bears Premier League have been defeated by a strong South Sydney outfit 28-14 at T G Milner Field on Sunday.
TWO leading rugby league player managers have reportedly been found to have broken salary cap rules following an investigation into the New Zealand Warriors NRL salary cap scandal.
NEW South Wales Police Minister Carl Scully will raise the possibility of using a riot squad to control crowd violence when he meets with club and National Rugby League officials today.