The Falcons’ brilliant 2016 season has come to an end, losing at the Preliminary final stage 38-16 to the Redcliffe Dolphins.

Sunshine Coast took a 12-0 lead before the half hour mark and held a six point advantage at the break.

However some poor last play options coupled with the fact the team had travelled 7,023 kilometres in the past three weeks eventually took its toll.

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The Dolphins ran in six unanswered tries to runaway with the win though several Storm players stood up on the day.

“Mark Nicholls and Curtis Scott were outstanding for us on the weekend,” Falcons coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said.

“Both were really, really good and contributed highly to the group.

“Nicko played 60 minutes, he was really good, his carries out of trouble and he got himself involved in a lot of big-bodied stuff.

“Curtis Scott was outstanding, he really wanted the ball in his hands and went looking for the footy. We’re really proud of Curtis, he’s matured a lot as well.”

Sunshine Coast enjoyed a thrilling end to the season, earning a finals berth for the first time since 2010.

Back-to-back upset wins saw them reach the Preliminary final stage in an effort everyone both up north and back in Melbourne could be proud of.

“We’re saddened that we got beaten but if you reflect on the season it has been a season of some really good times,” Ingebrigtsen said.

“We’ve built a lot of momentum going into next year and we’ve put the Club back on track and on the map basically.

“We are really proud of what we have achieved to be honest.”