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Justin Olam scores for the Sunshine Coast Falcons. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL

The Sunshine Coast Falcons and Wynnum Manly Seagulls have kept their premiership hopes alive, earning wins in the two elimination finals on Sunday.

In a golden point thriller at BMD Kougari Oval, the Wynnum Manly Seagulls advanced to week two of the finals, with five-eighth Josh Rogers kicking the winning field goal in the second half of extra-time to sink the Northern Pride 15-14.

Halfback Brendan O'Hagan took an attempt just moments before Rogers, which was charged down by the Pride defence.

Given a repeat set, Rogers demanded the ball and kept his side's premiership campaign well and truly alive with the winning kick.

The Seagulls now progress to a semi-final clash with the Souths Logan Magpies next Saturday, at Logan Metro Sports Complex.

Meanwhile, elsewhere on Sunday, a fast-starting Falcons raced out to a 34-6 halftime lead in their elimination final, stunning the Redcliffe Dolphins on their home turf at Kayo Stadium.

However, the Dolphins put on an impressive second half comeback to send shockwaves through the Falcons squad, coming within six points of winning the match.

They threw a frantic final set at the Sunshine Coast, but the Falcons - who were down to a one-man bench at one stage during the second stanza - managed to hold on to claim the 42-36 victory.

Vice-captain Sam Burns said despite the injuries to skipper and five-eighth Luke Polselli (HIA), winger Grant Anderson (HIA) and fullback Sualauvi Faalogo (leg) - who managed to return to the field - the side were disappointed to let Redcliffe back into the game.

He said moving forward the team need to show more resilience.

"We had them on the sword there and we should have probably went on with it but we let them back in the game with a lot of defensive lapses," Burns said.

"We weren't really desperate in a lot of areas there, especially off kicks. They scored plenty off kicks, which was disappointing but it's a semi-final against Redcliffe so you never know what you're going to get.

"We had a lot of boys out of position but everyone knows how to play footy and defend and play simple. That's what the tactic was when our whole spine got messed up there. 

"It's good that we put on a lot of points so it's a bit of a mentality and attitude thing that we need to change to play the long game a bit more. We need to be a bit more resilient when we make errors."

Despite the close call on Sunday, the Falcons - who finished the home-and-away season in eighth place on the Hostplus Cup ladder - have a lot of belief about their premiership chances.

They will move into a semi-final showdown against the Central Queensland Capras in Rockhampton next Sunday and are on the path to a potential preliminary final meeting with the Brisbane Tigers, who progressed straight to week three yesterday.

Burns said they know there's a lot of good teams ahead, but they have faith in what they can achieve.

Justin Olam scores for the Sunshine Coast Falcons. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL
Justin Olam scores for the Sunshine Coast Falcons. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL

"We put ourselves in a bit of a bad position where we weren't in the mix there for a long time," Burns said.

"We grinded our way back into it and that gives us a lot of belief. You have to beat the best teams and win back-to-back games.

"Coming from eighth, that's what we have to do. We have three more games and we could be premiers. That's the idea, anyways."

For a wrap of Saturday's matches, click here.

Full Finals Week 2 schedule below.

Finals Week 2

Hostplus Cup

Saturday, September 2

Souths Logan Magpies v Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Logan Metro Sports Complex, 2.10pm (Live and free on

Sunday, September 3

Central Queensland Capras v Sunshine Coast Falcons at Browne Park, 2.10pm (Live and free on, Kayo Freebies and 9Now)

Hastings Deering Colts

Saturday, September 2

Townsville Blackhawks v Sunshine Coast Falcons at Jack Manski Oval, 12pm

Burleigh Bears v Redcliffe Dolphins at UAA Park, 4pm

*All Hastings Deering Colts finals matches are live and free on

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