Mighty Dolphins Juniors shine at Suncorp Stadium

U10s on the field at Suncorp.

Round six on Saturday 25 May brought with it one of the highlights of the season – Dolphins mighty Under-10s played under lights at Suncorp Stadium at half-time in the Queensland Reds clash with the Force.

Under 10s – It was a beautiful day for a drive up to Gympie for the match against Grammar. The team played out a pretty convincing win despite probably the most lacklustre performance of the year. The team’s thoughts were firmly on their half-time exhibition match at the Reds game. Yes, that’s right, Suncorp Stadium in the big smoke. The late kick-off in Brisbane was tougher for the parents, but a few cold refreshments for them at a local watering hole got them primed to cheer on the team. The team had a great experience got to watch the indigenous smoking ceremony up close before a game of touch rugby in front of a crowd that resembled a Saturday morning at the Dolphins. Unfortunately our team went down to the Surfers Paradise Dolphins u12s team, two tries to nil. Plenty of fun had by all. Thanks to the QRU for hosting us. 

Under 12s – The U12 Reds travelled to Maroochydore to play old foes the Swannies in Round Six. Always a passionate match, this was no different. Noosa were depleted with nearly half the team out with sickness or conflicting commitments. Fortunately, our U11s came to the rescue lending a few players, they definitely stood up to the test. Noosa started strong with an early outstanding try to Eric from our U11s, shortly matched by two from Maroochydore. After a strong half-time rev up by the coaches, the Reds came out firing and the lift in confidence was clearly evident. After two tries to Duke, a standout solo to our captain Xavier and two great conversions from Max, the boys held on for a solid 24-12 win away. Domino’s Pizza Player of the Match went to Rafi Smith who tackled superbly and made strong gains up the middle. Well done boys!

U12 Whites – Brothers in Caloundra for the Whites this week,

First game after the bye; no time to be meek.

Brothers laid ambush with a scintillating start,

Dominating field position and pulling our defence apart.

Marcus was dynamic and well supported by Connor,

A raid down the sideline both with fancy footwork like Michael O’Connor. 

Perry’s conversion gave the Whites 7-5 at the break,

A narrow lead in the game with so much at stake.

Levi, Ollie, Riley and Jack upped their intensity, 

Zane, Archie and Bailey matched their physicality, 

Propelling the team forward and giving the backs space,

Allowing Lenny and Emerson to showcase their footwork and pace.

Perry, Harry and Tyler hatched a decoy play practiced at training

A reputation as a try scorer Tyler is quickly attaining. 

The Whites held on to claim another big victory 

In a match where their grit and tenacity told the true story 

Whites 14 – 5 Brothers 

Under 11s – Noosa seemed a little sleepy in the first half, which resulted in a quick try from Grammar. The boys composed themselves, dominating possession and ground for the next 10 minutes. Some good play from Ben, Taylor, Eddie and Sol was rewarded alongside the team’s patience. Eric delivered some excellent defence sealed with a magnificent try converted by Ben. Zac pulled off a great high catch, with excellent passing from Damian, and a blitzing run from Ben to score the third try. More great tackles from Jai, Taylor and Ben getting them around the knees. Sol went through three attempted tackles to go all the way from the halfway to score a much-deserved fourth try. Try number five from Ben came early in the second half, beautifully converted by Eric. Disciplined defensive work was not quite enough to stop a try from Grammar. Charlie pulled off some solid tackling, great handoffs from Damian, offloading one to Ben who passed it out wide to Eric for their sixth try. Lovely conversion from Ben. Duke nailed a great tackle forcing his opponent out. Grammar crossed one more time. Final score Noosa 36 to Grammar 22.

Under 9s – It was a cool and rainy morning but the U9s showed up in great numbers, ready to go. Our opposition, Eumundi, was short on a few players, so some of our boys swapped jerseys and lent a hand. Archie H scored a quick try for Eumundi shortly after kick-off. Noosa returned with a big run from Toby E who set-up a great try for Ramsay. Noosa got the ball back and Toby got another great run, this time setting up an excellent try for Cisco. Ramsay, Toby and Cisco followed up with another try each in the first half, thanks to some great teamwork. Theo got an early try for Eumundi in the second half, which was answered by a try to Noosa by Maximillian who fended off several opponents. There was some great defence by the U9s, but Quade got another try in for Eumundi. Saul had a great run and went in for another try for Noosa. It was great to see the boys working so well together as a team this week. 

Under 8s – Noosa v Brothers – the U8s travelled to Gympie and it was a game of two halves. Brothers came out of the blocks hard and fast. The boys were on the back foot but eventually switched on. In the second half Noosa showed great determination and character around the ruck and were more committed in defence. Archie took on a massive workload in defence and many steals in the ruck. Duke led with strong tackling to disrupt Brothers forward momentum. The second half is something we’ll build on for rest of the season. 

Under 7s – The team took on Grammar at Gympie for an entertaining game full of highlights. Assistant coach Buster took to the field again helping coach Hamish rally the troops. Draw and pass was the key message of the day, and the boys were up for the challenge.  Archer had a great kick-off and was consistently solid in support to feed the ball to the team. Hemi showcased several line breaks throughout the game weaving through the opponents and drawing them in with big dummy passes and steps, topped off with a huge swan-drive try. Otis scored after an impressive break, avoiding touches the length of the field. Gus made a try-saving touch with continued dedication to defence. Owen made an exciting break through the line after half time, continuing his amazing kicking skills workout. Alfie scored by running wide and cutting back through the middle to show off his new microphone try celebration. Domino’s Pizza Player of the Match went to Hemi this week for outstanding defence and vision to break through the line.

Under 6s – Noosa under 6s were up in Gympie this week with Noosa White vs Gympie and Noosa Red vs Peregian. Noosa White displayed how far they have come since week one, with amazing defence and quick touch and passes on attack. Domino’s Pizza Player of the Day went to the ‘Mini Rocket’ Cody who had an outstanding all-round game. Noosa Red took on Peregian and again showed just how much improvement the team has made in their first season of rugby, nailing the basics at a high level. Domino’s Pizza Player of the Day went to Carter who took a knock but got up and shook it off to have an outstanding game.