Dolphins vs Tigers: Round 4 Comeback Kings Face Off

Fresh off thrilling comeback victories, the Dolphins and Tigers turn their attention towards each other in a highly anticipated Saturday night clash. Dolphins vs Tigers kick off 4:35 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium.

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Dolphins, Tigers both comeback in Round 4

The Dolphins displayed remarkable resilience in last weekend’s match against the Titans. The Redcliffe outfit overcame a 10-0 deficit despite being a man down for 10 minutes after lock Max Plath was sin-binned for a hip-drop tackle.

Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett expressed his thoughts:

“You feel bad when you’ve just gone to the sin bin and you know your team is vulnerable but I couldn’t have asked them to respond any better than they did. Max Plath hasn’t got a dirty bone in his body, so it was never intentional, we don’t coach it, we don’t talk about it, but if it has gone wrong it’s gone wrong and we’ll just have to pay the consequences.”

Jack Bostock led the charge for the Dolphins, scoring a double and amassing 125 run metres and six tackle breaks. Fullback Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow contributed two try assists, two line break assists, and an impressive 175 run metres. Their performances were pivotal in the Dolphins’ comeback victory and will be crucial against the Tigers.

Likewise, the Wests Tigers showcased their unwavering resilience with a late comeback to secure a thrilling victory against the Eels.

Justin Olam’s 94th-minute try roared the Tigers back to life, narrowing the deficit to 14-10. Jahream Bula tied the match in the 99th minute, and Tigers skipper Apisai Koroisau gave them a two-point cushion with a late conversion. The Tigers held on to their lead to finish the game 16-17.

Dolphins vs Tigers, unfinished business

Tigers vs Dolphins 2023
Photo Credit: NRL

The two teams most recently met in Round 25 of the previous season, with the Tigers edging out the Dolphins in a narrow 24-23 victory. The 58th-minute conversion by Koroisau proved to be the difference between the two sides.

The Dolphins seek to avenge that loss and continue their strong start to the season. With a bye week in Round 3, the Dolphins record sits at 2 wins and 1 loss. They have the league’s second-highest points differential, trailing only the 2-2 Sydney Roosters.

Redcliffe will undoubtedly be motivated to settle the score and assert their dominance on home soil.

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The team’s resilience, demonstrated against the Titans, will be crucial as they prepare for another tough battle against the Tigers.

Published 02-April-2024

Thousands Flock to the 2023 Queensland Murri Carnival

The 12th annual Arthur Beetson Foundation Queensland Murri Carnival came to a close on September 29 after eight days of cultural celebration and rugby league festivities at Redcliffe’s Kayo Stadium and Dick “Tosser” Turner Sporting Complex.

Mass participation across divisions

Thousands Flock to the 2023 Queensland Murri Carnival
Photo Credit: Facebook/Murri Carnival – Abf/DC

More than 3000 players took part across multiple divisions, with teams travelling from as far away as Badu Island and the Queensland border. The action kicked off on September 22 with the Open Men’s and Women’s competitions, culminating in finals on September 24.

In the men’s final, the Michael Purcell Memorial Team defeated the Darkies Connection 26-16. The squad was honouring the late Michael “The Kangaroo Catcher” Purcell, who tragically passed away in 2022.

Meanwhile, the Mungindi Panthers took out the women’s decider 16-14 over defending champions Brisbane Natives.

Thousands Flock to the 2023 Queensland Murri Carnival
Photo Credit: Facebook/Deadly Choices

Over 680 children then took centre stage at the Deadly Choices Junior Murri Carnival from September 25 to 26 in the U6 to U12 divisions. The U14 to U18 boys and U15 to U17 girls competitions rounded off the event from September 26 to 29.

Star power on display

Maroons forward David Fifita served as the 2023 ambassador. Other rugby league legends such as Nathan Blacklock, Mark Tookey, Donald Malone and Jamie Simpson also showed their support. They were joined by Deadly Choices ambassadors Steve Renouf, Petero Civoniceva, Willie Tonga, Brenton Bowen and Tyrone Roberts.

The Queensland Murri Carnival continues to grow as an important celebration of culture and sport for Indigenous communities across the state. After another successful year, participants and organisers are already looking ahead to 2024.

Published 6 October 2023

Brenton Baira of the Dolphins Poised for Rugby League Stardom

Dolphins flyer Brenton Baira is making a name for himself as an exciting young talent in the world of rugby league. With blistering speed and outstanding ball skills, Baira is poised to become a future star of the game.

Football runs in the family

Football runs in Brenton’s blood. His father is former NRL player Royston Lightning, known for his own blistering pace playing for the Canberra Raiders.

“My dad has been a big influence on my footy,” says the 20-year-old. Growing up, Brenton picked up a football “since [he] was four or five years old,” watching his father play and learning from him. That family connection and mentorship has helped shape Brenton into the player he is today.

In addition, Brenton’s uncle is Roy Baira, coach of the Hastings Deering Colts’ back-to-back premiers Townsville Blackhawks. Roy acknowledges his nephew “definitely got his speed and aggression” from his father Lightning.

Standout 2023 for Brenton Baira

Brenton Baira
Photo Credit: Instagram/Redcliffe Dolphins

This season, Brenton has split time between the Hastings Deering Colts and the Hostplus Cup for the Dolphins. He has excelled in both competitions, impressing fans with his elusive running style. Coach Scott Murray praises Baira’s versatility across positions and grades, and said that his blistering pace makes him a constant try-scoring threat.

Their loss to the Brisbane Tigers in the Hastings Deering Colts preliminary finals spoiled a potential grand final clash between Brenton and his uncle Roy’s Blackhawks side.

The future is bright

With the confidence and natural talent passed down from his father, Brenton Baira has all the makings of a future NRL star. The young flyer is already training full-time with the Dolphins NRL squad and continues to improve each season.

With a passion for the game and undeniable ability, Baira is one to watch for the future.

Published 20 September 2023