NOOSA and Maroochydore had plenty to play for in last Saturday's John Currey Cup clash.
The annual challenge celebrates the long-standing rivalry between the two teams, alongside the mateship and camaraderie that is shared at the post-match celebrations.
With John Currey a fierce opponent on the field, and a top bloke off the field, this fitting memorial grudge match is now in its fifth year, with Noosa chomping at the bit to regain the shield after last year's defeat.
With the recent passing of Vince Beakey, a strong seasoned Noosa supporter, and father of A grade coach Stu Beakey, and injured former captain and under-17 Colts coach Kyle Beakey, Noosa had even more to play for.
With the Noosa team running on behind Kyle, the team gathered for a sombre minute of silence before the game in memory of John Currey and Vince Beakey, two rugby tragics.
Noosa used the emotion to fuel a dynamic start to the match, with seasoned veterans Chris Massoud and Gary McNeill leading from the front with inspiring performances.
Noosa dug in on defence and opened up the game on the attacking front, being definitive 34-7 win against the Swans, also claiming the John Currey Cup.
Reserve grade again demonstrated a dynamic performance against Maroochydore, with quick play resulting in another conclusive win.
The under-21s also won.
The celebrations of the lives of two men had dedicated large parts of their life to the game of rugby continued into the night, with the A-grade team celebrating their win with Vince's wife Val.
With Noosa taking on Nambour at home this weekend, the pressure is on for the Dolphins to finish the round robin season strongly, with only six games to play until finals footy.
With Noosa getting up in the last two away matches vs the Toads, the Dolphins are favoured to take the points, but Nambour can never be underestimated.
With games beginning from 12.30pm, there will be fun for the whole family.
Note from Val Beakey
On behalf of the Beakey and extended families, no words can express our thanks for the many emails, phone calls, letters, cards and flowers we received.
In true rugby spirit, we were overwhelmed with offers of help and care. Please accept this letter as our everlasting thanks.
For those of you were able to come to Vince's farewell - which I'm sure he would have loved, many tears and much laughter were shared.
For those of you who were unable to attend, you missed a great party.
To the Colts, Reggies and A-grade, what a great rugby display this past Saturday against Maroochydore in the John Currey Cup.
Vince would be proud and I was honoured to be a part of our rugby family and our great rugby club, the Noosa Dolphins.