SEIFFERT Oval in Quenbeyan was the venue for this clash.
The last time I attended a match at this venue it was to see Mal Meninga play, and the weather was similar that day ? cold, wet and miserable.
The two sides ?warmed up? in a steady drizzle of icy cold rain, which, thankfully, ceased just after the game kicked off. Despite the rain ceasing, the ball was still slippery, and fingers were still cold and stiff, so handling by both sides really suffered in an otherwise very skilful and entertaining game.
The first try of the game came after a knock on by the Raiders on halfway led to a Knights scrum feed, and the Knights put on a backline movement from the scrum leading to fullback Sam Wooden scoring in the corner. Halfback Luke Walsh converted from the sideline.
For the next ten minutes of the game the Knights were repeatedly threatened the Raiders line but came up with knock ons at crucial times. Luke Walsh knocked on over the line after looking to have gathered in a kick by 5/8 Scott Dureau ? which was to be the first of many mistakes by Walsh for the day.
The next try came when Luke Walsh did a clever short kick on halfway to just behind the Raiders line. The kick was gathered in by centre Alex McCosker who drew the fullback and sent winger Stephen Gordon on a 30 metre run to the tryline. Walsh converted from in front.
The Knights were soon on the attack again, and, for the second time of the day, Luke Walsh knocked on in goal attempting to regather a Dureau kick.
The Raiders then got their first chance to pressure the Knights line, and the Knights held them out, only to knock on from the 20 metre restart and give the Raiders a repeat set. The Raiders scored on tackle three when powerful fullback Jade Williams broke a tackle near the line. Winger Brent Crisp converted.
The Raiders repeated the dose five minutes later when Knights prop Larry Tuafua knocked on near halfway and the Raiders put on a good backline movement from the scrum leading to Williams scoring in the corner. Crisp converted from the sideline.
The Raiders were on a roll and threatened the Knights line several times, but came up scoreless.
A penalty to the Knights gives them a chance to attack, and Walsh partially redeems himself by splitting the defence and scoreing near the posts. He converted his own try.
Both sides had chances to increase their score before halftime, and both sides failed to finish due to poor handling. Knights 18 ? 12 Raiders was the halftime score.
After half time the Raiders were quickly on the attack after more spilt ball by the Knights in their own half, but failed to convert their chances.
Walsh got the Knights out of trouble with a 40 ? 20 kick that found touch on the 10 metre line, but a poor pass to winger Callan Richardson saw him knock on with the line open.
Richardson soon got a chance to redeem himself when Scott Dureau did a perfect kick from 30 out which stopped in the in goal and Richardson won the chase to the ball to touch down. Walsh failed to convert from the sideline.
From the kick off the Knights put on an attacking raid that saw them go the length of the field, with winger Stephen Gordon kicking ahead from 20 out and, for the third time, the ball was knocked on in goal.
For the next ten minutes the Raiders put pressure on the Knights line, but fail to score.
The next try came to the Raiders with a brilliant ?hot potato? effort from 60 metres out, which saw the ball go through several sets of hands till replacement player Brendan Crisp scored. Crisp converted.
The Raiders were on fire from then on, with several great attacking raids held out by the Knights till another great team try by the Raiders from halfway was scored by winger Troy O?Sullivan. Crisp missed the conversion.
With the score on 22 ? 22 both sides had their chances in attack ? only to knock on at crucial times. The Raiders broke the deadlock when given a penalty 20 out and three in from the sideline. Crisp kicked the goal to put the Raiders ahead 24 ? 22.
With minutes remaining Knights captain Scott Dureau seems to have blown all chance of a win by kicking out on the full from the kick off. The Raiders attack the Knights line and force a line drop out.
The Knights took a short kick off in the hopes of having one last go, but the Raiders gather the ball in and are camped on the Knights line with seconds to go in the game.
The final twist in a game that saw end to end attacking action spoilt time after time came with seven seconds left on the clock. The Raiders looked certain to score when a kick was made to the corner where three Raiders were facing on Knights defender, but Knights captain Scott Dureau had other ideas, and charged down the kick, gathered it up, and ran 90 metres to score the match winning try as the siren sounded.
NORTH Queensland has secured the Queensland Wizard Cup minor premiership with a 44-0 defeat of Toowoomba at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
DOLPHIN Oval and Bishop Park will be the venues for Queensland Wizard Cup, Mixwell Cup and Colts Challenge semi finals this coming weekend.
QUEENSLAND WIZARD CUP
Results: Norths 24 d Redcliffe 22, North Queensland 44 d Toowoomba 0, Tweed Heads 68 d Central 12, Wynnum 22 d Burleigh 18, Easts 56 d Souths Logan 20. Ipswich bye.
BURLEIGH coach Rick Stone officially diagnosed his Bears as ?a bit sick? after the reigning premiers slumped to third place with a disappointing 22-18 loss to Wynnum in their final fixture.
FROM the penultimate round of fixtures (Do you like that big word I?m pretty impressed with myself) the best the Dolphins can look to is fourth spot and a home semi final against Toowoomba.
But to be more than just passengers in the semi?s we will have to come to play. Against Toowoomba on the TV it just didn?t look like the Redcliffe team we all know and I think the score flattered us a bit. But in saying that we know we didn?t play well and to be in the contest up until the last ten minutes was encouraging.
The lower grades continue to go along in their respective comps with reggies in second and colts in fourth. The colts pulled off what most people would call an upset when they beat Wests/Broncos colts at Purtell Park. Coach Craig Inge Inga, Ingle umm Trigger tipped CEO James Hinchey that it would be a good game and that we?d be in it with a big show. Well they were more than just in it well done boys.
I hope the crowds get along to the Norths game which maybe the last home game for the season depending on other results. There is nothing better than playing in front of a big vocal Dolphin Crowd so grab a few mates and get along and cheer home the boys.
Now another one from Geography Professor Shannon Fish, when talking to Ryan Cullen, Ryan told him how his girlfriend Amy was in Switzerland and Shannon replied she?d better watch out for all those Swedish men. Now Shannon I?m no Rhodes Scholar but even I know Swedish men are in Sweden and Swiss men are in Switzerland.
Adam Starr season appears to over after suffering an eye socket injury against Toowoomba but he could always pick up an extra few bucks being a pirate seeing he is walking around with patch on his eye. And there is no truth to the rumour that his daughter Jade asked him if he was Captain Feathersword from the Wiggles.
Cowboy Troy Lindsay becomes the first player in the ten year history or the Queensalnd Cup to chalk up 200 games what a great achievement for front rower. But props have it easy these days they only play half a game not like us tough as nails half backs who have to play 80 minutes every week. Of course I am only joking and looking at Cow?s stats for the last few games 60, 58, and 55 involvements. I?m sure he?s found a fountain of youth out on the farm. I believe he has signed on again for next year which would make it an amazing sixteen seasons playing senior footy for Redcliffe. But it?s funny when you look at Cows and Starry?s player profiles sheets they?ve handed from the last few years one year they are born 1973 then 1974 then 1975 then 1976.
MANLY-WARRINGAH ended Newtown?s unbeaten record in home games this season, in the high-scoring VB Premier League match played at Henson Park on Saturday. The Sea Eagles won an exciting contest by 46-36, with two late tries seeing off the Jets? spirited attempt to seal their double-chance in the upcoming finals series. Newtown had been unable to land the killer blow at critical moments in the second half that might well have sealed the result.
EDMONDSON eyes Grand Final
COOKE taking no risks
IN what can only be described as the most amazing season of Rugby League in the history of the game, this weekend?s results have provided and absolutely thrilling finish to the 2005 regular season.
THE following players have been charged by the NRL judiciary following round 24?s action.
MELBOURNE Storm captain Robbie Kearns has announced he will retire at the end of the current NRL season. Kearns' decision to call it a day means that Scott Hill and Matt Geyer will be the only two Storm players still at the club in 2006 that were for the inaugural season in 1998.
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 24, 19-21 August 2005
We have a new outright leader this week with Andrew Johns topping the table and moving up to 24 points in the Leagueunlimited.com Player Awards. The Knights? half back has been the most consistent player of the paddock since returning from injury last June. He overtakes Cowboys' full back Matt Bowen and Storm half back Matt Orford who share equal second spot on 22 points.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 68 v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 6
SOUTH Sydney centre Luke MacDougall faces a lengthy suspension for a dangerous throw on Sydney Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello. MacDougall copped a five-match suspension earlier this year for a lifting tackle on Melbourne's Scott Hill.