Senior Dolphins on the winning side

A grade captain Brandon Mayhew and vice-captain Will Rogers with the John Currey Shield.

A Grade Noosa 14 – Maroochydore 10

The 13th annual John Currey Memorial Shield played in memory of Swans life member, former captain and player-coach John Currey, who played over 200 Grade games for Maroochydore during the period 1988-2001, was once again a fierce battle between longstanding rivals Noosa and Maroochydore. After last year’s defeat the Ray White Noosa Dolphins were champing at the bit to regain the JC shield in front of the ‘Back to Noosa Day’ home crowd but a determined Maroochydore side challenged every part of the Dolphins’ plan. Maroochydore were first to stamp their authority before the might of Noosa’s Jarrad Postle brought the crowd to their feet with his try. A successful conversion by Will Christie giving the Dolphins a half time 7 to 5 lead. A tense second half followed after another Maroochydore try, until a little fancy footwork from the recent Dolphins Gift Footrace winner, Jacob ‘Sparky’ Spark provided another opportunity for Noosa. Spot on again with the boot, Will Christie delivered the extra points. The Dolphins managing to hold on to their 14 to 10 lead until the final whistle. Noosa Rugby would like to thank the Currey family for all that they contribute to this wonderful day. The Little Sister Noosa player of the match went to Ross Kirtland.

Reserve Grade Noosa 43 – Maroochydore 7

After coming off their first loss of the season, the Ray White Noosa Dolphins Reserve Grade team had two weeks of built up frustration and disappointment to unleash. Standing in their way was a determined Maroochydore outfit. The first half saw the team put on an absolute clinic of a performance, with the forwards giving perfect ball presentation at the back of the ruck, for Ryan Frisby and Jay Moffat to lead the team around the park. This led to big prop Aaron Burden, ranging out-wide to create headaches for the Dore’s midfield backs. Paddy Lalor found himself in an unfamiliar position of being in the kick-off return team but did well finding space for his wingers with some silky passing skills. The back three of Nat Forrest, Callum Deering and Taylor Moffat showed why this team can pile on the points, finishing every opportunity presented to them, even from 60 metres away from the try line. Tore Shaw may have been seeing double from a big Friday night, crossing the try line four times. Unfortunately the referee saw it differently and only awarded him two tries. Halftime score 29-0. The second half was a little different, as the team didn’t manage to score for the first 20 minutes but eventually dotted down for two more tries to finish out the game. The score was extended by new golden boot Callum Deering, slotting 5 from 5 including an incredible kick into the wind, from the sideline. Great line speed and tackling technique after a training week of belting each other helped the Dolphins keep Maroochydore to only one try.

Other results: Senior Women Noosa 25 – Maroochydore 10, Senior Colts (BYE)

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