REDCLIFFE coach Neil Wharton has named a near full strength squad for the trial game vs Ipswich Jets at Bendigo Bank Oval on Saturday.
REDCLIFFE were defeated 20 - 12 by Brothers-Valleys in their opening trial match of season 2004.
WHEN the name Walter Fullerton-Smith appears in the program you could be excused for thinking that you were at Kooralbyn Valley for a polo tournament or Ballymore for a Rah Rah carnival. But the same Walter Fullerton-Smith just happens to be one of the toughest Rugby League forwards in Queensland.
THE Pepsi Dolphins travelled to Bendigo Bank Oval at Ipswich to take on their 2002 grand final opponents the Ipswich Jets in very hot conditions. The score line was never a concern to Dolphins coach Neil Wharton who told his troops to concentrate on completing their sets and getting to their kicks in the sheds before the game.
With the temperature in the high 30?s there was a lot of drop ball which was to be expected with those conditions.
The Dolphins opened up the scoring in the 5th minute when Danny Burke crossed for a try after a clever pass from five-eighth Shane Perry and Justin McKay converted to give the visitors an early 6-0 lead. Danny Burke crossed again in the 18th minute after some good line running and a clever offload from Ben Jones. Nathan Sologinkin had an impressive debut for his new club making some good metres from strong runs. Ipswich struck back in the shadows of halftime when a Shane Perry pass found the ground and Jets centre Damien Flint kicked ahead twice and won the sprint to the ball to make the score 12-4 to the Dolphins at Halftime.
Ipswich started the second half like they ended the first when winger Gordon Rattler crossed in the corner to make the score 12-8.Three tries were scored in the space of seven minutes from the 62nd minute two by Redcliffe one by Ipswich. The first by centre Brian Jellick who pounced on a spilt bomb by Ipswich Adam Connolly who had an unhappy night under the high ball. The Jets replied when Steve West scored after a kick through and he converted his own try to make it an 18-14 scoreline with 13 minutes left on the clock. Winger Phil Shilvock finished the scoring in the 70th minute after Damien Richters put through a clever chip kick and regathered before passing to Shilvock who finished the move off. Trent Leis converted to make it 22-14.
To show how bad the conditions were for football Redcliffe coach Neil Wharton made 28 interchanges including 18 in the second half to try and keep his players refreshed.
Probably the most satisfying thing for the Dolphins was the form of debutants Gavin Cooper, Mark Brown, Nathan Black and Terry Jones who showed they would not be out of place in first grade if they are needed during the season.
Best for Redcliffe Nathan Sologinkin, Michael Roberts, Adam Starr, Gavin Cooper and Shane Perry.
In the lower grades the Dolphins took the honours in the colts 14-6 while the A grade was a 12 all draw.
Redcliffe 24 (D.Burke 2, P.Shilvock, B.Jellick tries J.McKay 3, T.Leis goals)
Ipswich 14 (G.Rattler, D.Flint, S.West tries S.West goal)
The sides were
Justin McKay Adam Connolly
Phil Shilvock Gordon Rattler
Damien Richters Richard Allwood
Brian Jellick Damian Flint
Chris Bond Steve West
Shane Perry Brendan Lindsay
Michael Roberts Paul Cohen
Nathan Sologinkin Brett Porter
Matt Anderton Marc Fickling
Adam Starr Danny McAllister
Danny Burke Kyle Warren
Ben Jones Dale Robertson
Grant Flugge Brian McCarthy
Andrew Wynyard Kerry Theurkauf
Danny Green Troy Theurkauf
Mark Brown Terry Iese
Nathan Black Tim Gee
Trent Leis Chris Scanlan
Gavin Cooper Ail Chong-Nee
Terry Jones Danny Fellingham
Tough as nails, hard as rocks, that?s....
For a rugged Rugby League prop forward Redcliffe?s Bevan Bleakley gets into very few scraps on the football field. Even the toughest of the opposition seem to give Bevan Bleakley a wide berth where the rough stuff is concerned. There could be several reasons for this - Bevan could be such a nice guy that all the opposition treat him with respect.... or maybe it?s because Bevan is a former top professional boxer with 70 fights behind him.
I lean towards the second theory, not because Bevan isn?t a nice guy, but because of that past boxing history of Bevan Bleakley has most of his opposition bluffed.
THE tiny Aboriginal community of Cherbourg outside Murgon in the South Burnett region has received a great boost for it?s junior rugby league. The Redcliffe Dolphins have provided about $2000 worth of essential equipment, enabling the 120 young children to play each week.
Goalpost pads, tackling bags, football boots and donated boots, as well as medical kits and Dolphin caps, were enthusiastically accepted by the club. Club president Warren Collins was over the moon with the donation and said that the expression on the kids? faces told the story.
They were amazed that someone would give them this equipment. ?Is this really for us?? was the question all the young boys were asking. Dolphin players Dustin Cooper a Murgon junior, Adrian Bond and Leigh Coghill were huge hits with the kids with Leigh beating them all in arm wrestling.
Brian Winney from Northstar Mitsubishi, major sponsor of our juniors and a former first grade halfback for the Dolphins accompanied the players along with development manager Neil Bishop as the initial correspondence was suggested by Northstar, who deal extensively with the Cherbourg community.
The Redcliffe Dolphins board of directors is to be congratulated on their assistance to this underprivileged town, and who knows, the next Steve Renouf to come out of Cherbourg could be in a red and white jersey.
IT was international day at Lang Park , but for a change it wasn't Lewis, Miles and Scott who were the stars. As Redcliffe humbled premiers Wynnum - Manly 30-7 to knock them out of the running for for the '87 Winfield Cup, the Dolphins international front row of Bryan Niebling, Greg Conescu and Dave Brown were the stars.
12 top players ready to sign
Redcliffe are prepared to join forces with Van de Velde and Associates to put a team into the Sydney premiership. And Dolphins president, Dick Turner said if his club was successful, they would still maintain their commitments in the Brisbane competition.
The eleventh hour call by the New South Wales Rugby League has opened the door for Redcliffe, who already have a list of a ? dozen or so ? players to bolster their ranks. ? At this stage I wouldn?t like to publicly name the players, but you wouldn?t have to be Einstein to work out who they were,? Turner said.
REDCLIFFE will now take on Queensland Cup debutants Brothers-Valleys in their first trial of 2004. The two clubs will contest all three grades.
REDCLIFFE Dolphins coach Neil Wharton has named an inexperienced line up for the defending premiers first hit out for the new season against Brothers Valleys on Saturday night. The Dolphins also have an under 19 side travelling to Ballina on the same day to face the Northern Rivers under 18's.