A field goal from an unlikely source in Wynnum forward Mitchell Frei proved the difference at Dolphin Oval on Saturday night as the Wynnum Seagulls scored a 13-12 to take revenge for the 24-0 Redcliffe inflicted earlier in the season. It was the second time in two season where the Seagulls have defeated the Dolphins by a field goal.
A low scoring game saw just the one converted try in the first half to the visitors Jack Goodsell, and the Seagulls led 6-0.
There was more scoring and excitement in the second half, and the Dolphins started brightly with two tries by the 51st minute to lead 12-6. They held onto that lead until the 74th minute when Wynnum scored a length of the field try right up the middle to level the scores with four minutes to go.
The Seagulls were in the right position in the final minute game, and after the initial field goal attempt was charged down, Mitchell Frei was first to react and slotted a slightly ugly but extremely effective field goal for the win.
Redcliffe have now lost 4 of their last seven matches, and injuries and Broncos call ups at the wrong time of the year has seen them slip from minor premiership contention, and even fell behind the Easts Tigers after this weekend was completed. Wynnum are ninth on the ladder and six points behind sixth placed Souths Logan, so finals are unlikely but their positive for and against may help.
WYNNUM SEAGULLS 13
Tries: Jack Goodsell (39m), Paora Kemp (74m)
Goals: Paora Kemp 2/2 Conv
Field Goal: Mitchell Frei (79m)
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 12
Tries: Shane Pumipi (43m), Zach Strasser (51m)
Goals: Tyson Gamble 2/2 Conv
The Bayside Herald rivalry has its second instalment for 2017 on Saturday between the Redcliffe Dolphins and Wynnum Seagulls, and the Seagulls will be looking for revenge after being humbled 24-0 at home in the first meeting earlier in the season.
Wynnum also need the two points to stay in the finals race. They did the job nicely in Rockhampton against the Capras last weekend, but any loss at this stage of the season will likely rule them out of the finals for a second straight year.
A team that is likely to play finals is Redcliffe, but they lost a big chance to make it a minor premiership last weekend when they went down to their nearest rivals Sunshine Coast, who were weakened thanks to the NRL Origin 4 Game round.
They won’t want to make losing a habit as the Blackhawks and Tigers are hot on their heals, and dropping further down will mean losing the chance to host a home final. Looking through the sides you would think the Dolphin’s pack gives them a match winning advantage.
Wynnum though, announced on Twitter during the week that they are taking on Shaun Nona until the end of the season, so it will be interesting to see if he does indeed play this weekend, despite not being named below from Tuesday’s team lists. Shaun Nona is a quality player who has much experience and a history of winning at this level and could be just the little extra they need.
2017 Previous Result – Wynnum 0 Redcliffe 24
1. Zach Strasser 2. Joshua Beehag 3. Thompson Teteh 4. Tom Opacic 5. Curtis Johnston 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Jack Ahearn 10. Matthew Lodge 9. Sheldon Pitama 15. Tyson Cleal 11. Daniel Bridge 12. Troy Giess 13. Sam Anderson (c) 8. Nick Slyney 16. Nathan Watts 20. Shane Pumipi 24. Joseph Bradley
Coach: Adam Mogg
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1. Daniel Ogden 2. Peter Gubb 3. Jeriah Goodrich 4. Alex Barr 5. Jack Goodsell 6. Paora Kemp 7. William Brimson 8. Aaron Rockley 9. John Te Reo 10. Ngarima Pita 11. Salesi Funaki 12. Max Elliott 13. Mitch Frei (c) 14. Hayden Crowley 15. Stedman Lefau 16. Tanu Wulf 17. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard
Coach: Adam Brideson
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