Mighty Dolphins depth to be tested with injuries to key players

21st April 2017 4:11 AM
Rugby Union preliminary final. Noosa V Caloundra.Tim Matters runs the ball for Noosa. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily HANDY PLAYER: Tim Matters runs the ball for Noosa. Che Chapman

THE Dowling and Neylan Noosa Dolphins will have to draw on the club's depth this Saturday in the home clash against University.

Injuries have hit some key players in the past two games which has coach Michael Phelan looking to keep the winning momentum through the promotion of a number of reserve players.

"The loss of regular A graders Nick Colvin, Jarrad Postle, Shaun Payne, Courtney TeAoranga, all with serious injuries, is a challenge but I am thankful we have depth to call on,” Phelan said. "Our reserve grade is going very well and the experience and form of the likes of Grant Hawthorn, Travis Perugini and the return of Charlie McKill gives me something to ponder”.

The young University side now have three games under their belt so the round one victory by the Dolphins is a limited guide to follow according to Phelan.

"This year they have new players and a new coach, so it is expected they will take time to gel, but from all reports, they have are on the improve”.

The first round has seen some impressive performances from not only relative new comers like John Southern, Wilson Enoka and Shayden Dowd but long term Dolphins Todd Carroll, Tim Matters, Will Rogers and Taylor Moffatt.

"These guys have come through the junior ranks and whilst they have some A grade experience, they are really stamping their claims as regulars” Phelan said whilst also highlighting the exceptional start to the year of Dave Grant at prop.

Following the trial of later starting times, president Donald McKill has announced a rethink by the SCRU.

"The new Sunshine Coast Board have listened to the concerns raised by the clubs regarding the later start times, and I am happy changes have been made.

A grade now commence at 3.30pm with Reserve grade at 2pm and the Women's kicking off at 1pm” says McKill.

The more traditional kick off times mean kids and families can stay around after the games which is something that is very big at Noosa Rugby Club. Games are at Dolphin Oval, Bicentenial Drive Sunshine Beach with free entry to all.

Jon Lewis