NOOSA A-grade took on University in a "do or die" minor semi-final on Sunday.
The Colts and Reserve Grade had well-deserved wins on Saturday in Caloundra, propelling both teams into the finals at Stockland Park, Kawana, on Saturday, September 1.
Dolphins' A-grade faced the defending premiers at their Noosa home ground, with exceptional local support. An early penalty converted by Trent Morgan put Noosa on the board first, and another penalty was awarded soon after.
Quick Noosa reaction to the ball bouncing off an upright led to a Jarrad Postle try on the left wing - Noosa 8, University 0. University surged back with charges through the centres attempting to break the Dolphins' line, but Noosa held their lead till halftime.
In the second half, University attacked determinedly. Exceptional Noosa defence held off numerous forays, and the Dolphins pulled off some great tackling, particularly Aaron Dianni, Tory Shaw and Postle.
University's Simon Laing finally managed to break through the weary Noosa defence to score close to the line. Jackson Frawley converted and brought the score to 8-7.
Noosa dug deep and worked through their exhaustion, with the forwards making strong runs off the side of the ruck and driving University back 40 metres. Shaw crossed the line, extending the home team lead to 13-7 which was held to the finish.
In next Saturday's preliminary final, Noosa faces leaders Caloundra in Caboolture at 3.15pm.
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