Phins on track for September glory
The Redcliffe Dolphins are on target to erase the memories of last year’s grand final pain after all but sealing a top two finish in the FOGS Colts Challenge.
Last Sunday’s 26-20 victory over 2013 grand final nemesis the Easts Tigers lifted Grant Flugge’s Dolphins to 31 competition points.
With just six rounds to play before the finals commence, Redcliffe are well positioned for a top two finish given that third-placed Tweed Heads Seagulls are two wins adrift of the Peninsula club on 27 points.
But if the Dolphins are to go one better than last year, it’s likely that they will have to at some stage bring down the high-flying Burleigh Bears.
Burleigh have lost just two games this year and currently hold down outright top spot, two wins clear of the surging Dolphins.
The Gold Coasters continued their hot streak last weekend when they downed Wynnum Manly 32-26 at Pizzey Park.
Halfback Daniel Schwass posted two tries, while Jarrod Ross, Scott Purvis, Shem Vaoa and Taylor Walters also crossed the line as the Bears recorded a tight six-point win.
Redcliffe won by an identical margin against the Tigers, with promising centre Rinsma Saueha the chief destroyer with a hat-trick of tries.
In the other Colts matches, Daniel Cooper grabbed a double in the Sunshine Coast’s 34-22 victory over Souths Logan Magpies; and Norths Devils trumped Toowoomba Clydesdales 60-10 with Arnold Ruetschi and Linton Enoch scoring two tries each.
This weekend’s Round 21 Colts action will feature the 1 v 3 clash between fierce rivals the Burleigh Bears and Tweed Heads Seagulls.
Souths Logan will play Norths Devils, Wynnum Manly host Toowoomba Clydesdales and Easts Tigers are at home to the improving Ipswich Jets.
In the FOGS Cup, Ipswich continues to press its claims for a top four berth following a 30-6 win over Carina.
Pat McCallum and Fred Tila notched doubles as Ian Lacey’s Jets powered to a win over winless Carina.
Redcliffe secured another two competition points as well in their quest for the minor premiership after edging out the Easts Tigers 20-14 at Langlands Park.
Brett Coutts, Robert Mortimer, Ben Cook and Matt Boyce did the damage on the scoreboard for the Dolphins, who play Norths Devils on Sunday.
Other Round 19 matches will see Souths Logan up against Carina at Davies Park and Wynnum Manly at home to the Easts Tigers.