RENOWNED poet Rupert McCall grew up on the Redcliffe Peninsula with stories passed down from father Kerry, of the feats on the football field of the Dolphins of the 1960's like Kevin Yow Yeh, Des Webb, Henry Holloway and a young Arthur Beetson. With Red and White blood running through his veins Rupert would trek off down to Dolphin Oval as a youngster to cheer on his heroes growing up the likes of Bunny Pearce, Tony Obst, Peter Leis, Bobby Jones and Ian Thinee.Today Rupert is still as passionate as ever about his Redcliffe Dolphins and still makes the trek down to Dolphin Oval to watch his beloved Dolphins run around. But now it's just not Rupert and his dad that make that trip Rupert is introducing his children to the joys of a day on the hills at Dolphin Oval.At the Clubs presentation night this year Rupert recited this tribute to the 2006 Queensland Cup Premiers.They stood and delivered together ? they took to the paddock as oneThe Cow out in front like an axe man with a sense of what had to be done The species that followed behind him had that brave undeniable lookEquipped with the words of the guru ? the man that would answer to ?Hook? The months and the hours of training ? one last eighty minutes of workThere was Fluggie and Greenie and Shippie and ?The Mitchell Assassin? D BurkeWith a mighty investment of shoulder in and a personal passionate stakeThe Clydies ? they thought that they had it when they scored from the earliest breakFor to think - just a fortnight before this, the dithering Dolphin was smashedAnd they might have been planning the party?but the party was soon to be crashed!When a magical face ball found Turner and he dotted it down near the sticksHe thanked God and also the physio, for giving his hammie the fixThe game was about to ask questions?and only the brave can defineSet after set they attacked us, but we wouldn?t surrender our lineAnd then in the shadow of oranges, a taste of the pots we?d be skullin?The playmaking genius of Roberts found the blistering figure of CullenA sprinkle of side-stepping Pepper ? a pat on the nude shiny headAnd Snuffy, you?ll go down in folklore as a champion player in redThe chapters of courage continued ? a second half cyclone blew gnarlyThe boys made a wish on the tackle of Fish and the impact of Tex and of ParlieThe lovers of league at the Stadium and those who sat glued to their tellySaw the Fox and the Weasel combining to give space to the flying GuimelliBut the game it remained in the balance, though the field goal provided some spaceIt wasn?t til Emmett Cazaly put the nail of the coffin in placeLike a cattle dog catching a Frisbee then to Bromley ? you beauty! Amen! And to prove that it wasn?t an instance of arse, they freakishly did it again When Shippie completed the carve up ? the Dolphin brigade went berserk With the hair of a Trojan Adonis, then the extras were added by BourkeThe same way he?d done it all season ? the sum of all sailors on deck Through the efforts of big Paddy Gardner ? of Kane and of Simmo and ShrekWith Slugger & all the support staff ? through the good and the bad times, they hung?Cheers boys here we are from Redcliffe? ? the song, once again, will be sung!And you think that?s the end of the story? But it isn?t the end ? not by farAs the Fins left the paddock together ? there was one unforgettable StarrHis family proud in the grandstand ? they would have been win, lose or drawBut Starry you earnt what was coming ? and I know you?ll remember the roarWhen Cowboy took hold of that trophy ? the strength of the memory sticksAnd he raised it in glory and honour for THE FINS OF TWO THOUSAND AND SIX!For more information on Rupert including some of his past works like the patriotic Green and Gold Malaria and his moving tribute to Steve Irwin you can log onto his website www.rupertmccall.com.au or you can hear him on radio nightly from 6.00 to 8.00pm on the Sports Today program he co-hosts with Rod Tiley on 4BC 1116am in Brisbane.
AT the recent annual general meeting of the Redcliffe Dolphins, the members voted unanimously to award life membership to Trevor Day or Charlie as he is better known to everybody around the Club.
IT might be the off-season but there is plenty going on at Dolphins headquarters. Coach Anthony Griffin is making preparations for the new season that begins with player orientation in only 11 days. The office is in full swing and an enormous amount of preparation is underway for Season 2007 that kicks off in just over four months.The Dolphins will be looking to defend their Queensland Wizard Cup Crown in 2007. "There is a lot of hard work to be done between now and when the season starts" said Dolphin Captain Troy Lindsay. "What we done this year is great but won't count for much once we take the field next season, All the other sides lift to play Redcliffe normally but with being Premiers they will be really gunning for us" added fullback Ryan Cullen.The majority of the 2006 Premiership squad have re-signed the most noticable absentees from the Premiership winning side will be front rower Adam Starr who has retired and winger Chris Giumelli who has returned to his home town of Mackay. Also returning to Mackay is A grade hooker Scott Gillis whilst Matt Anderton has retired.The Dolphins squad should be boosted by the return to Dolphin Oval of two time premiership winning back Trent Leis who returns after two seasons with the Burleigh Bears."It's good to be back, I can't wait to get back and see the boys" Leis said.Also no stranger to Dolphins supporters is hooker Jamie Tomlinson who makes his way back to Dolphin Oval after several seasons away with Easts and Ipswich. Tomlinson last played for the Dolphins in 1999 and was the Carbine Colt of the Year in 1998.Also joining the Dolphins in 2007 will be former NRL fan favourite Mark Tookey. Hailing from Sydney, Mark originally played for the Logan Brothers and Springwood junior clubs. Upon turning professional Mark signed for the ill-fated South Queensland Crushers, playing in the same team alongside former Dolphins Clinton O'Brien, Aaron Moule, Danny Nutley and Ben Roedder under the coaching of former Dolphin Steve Bleakley. After a two year spell with Parramatta in Sydney, Mark crossed the Tasman Sea to join the New Zealand Warriors. It was at the Auckland based club that Mark fully confirmed his reputation as a tough, rampaging forward. Stocky and relatively short of stature, Mark is an immensely powerful runner and from short range can a lethal finisher. After a successful 2002 season in Auckland, culminating in a NRL Grand Final appearance, Mark's opportunities at the Warriors became limited and in July 2004 he signed for Castleford Tigers in their ultimately unsuccessful bid to remain in Super League. During 2005, Mark's explosive running and big tackling has made him a huge favourite of the London fans; and nobody present at the seasons final home game will ever forget his 40 metre try-scoring charge to the line, much to the acclaim of those present. Place of Birth: Sydney, Australia Position: Prop Weight: 110Kg Height: 180cm Date of Birth: 09/03/1977 Former Clubs: South Queensland (1996-1997) 18 games, Parramatta Eels (1998 - 1999) 40 games, New Zealand Warriors (2002-2004) 67 games Castleford Tigers (2004) 10 games, London Broncos (2005-2006)55 games.Official training for all contracted players commences on Monday November 20.
THE Redcliffe Dolphins will be having their annual reunion this Friday night in the Des Webb lounge at the Redcliffe Leagues Club. Any past players, coaches, support satff and administrators are welcome to attend. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.Special guests for the evening will be the 1996 Queensland Cup Grand Finalists and BRL Premiers.The Dolphins players that contested those two matches were Barry Denduck, Aaron Douglas, Wayne Miller, Rick Hewinson, Cameron Hurren, Steve Leyden, Tom O'Reilly, Peter Robinson, Danny Nutley, Darren Smallhorne, Graham Cotter, Kahu Tweedie, Ian Graham, Grant Cleal, James Hinchey, Tony Gould, Bevan Canning, Troy Lindsay, Steve Blacker and Mark Shipway. Coach John Boxsell.The night begins at 7.00pm we look forward to catching up with you all. For more information contact the Club on 07 3203-7333
THE Emerald Group Redcliffe Dolphins have received a boost in the lead up to preliminary final clash with the East Tigers this weekend.
Interchange Back rower Danny Green was this afternoon cleared by the QRL judiciary to take his place in the Dolphins line up this weekend.
"I'm very happy to have got off, this why we all play the game to be involved in the big games at this time of the year,I didn't want to be sitting in the pig pen on Saturday afternoon that's for sure" a relieved Green said.
"There are a few things I will be working on to make sure I don't have to come up here again. I'd also like to thank the QRL for giving me the chance to put my case forward." Green said.
THIS weekend in the ABC televised game against Tweed Heads hard working back rower Danny Burke will play his 150th first grade game for the Redcliffe Dolphins.Burke, who was signed by the Broncos straight out of high school and was on South Sydney?s books when they were thrown out of the competition in 1999, has been a regular in the uncompromising Dolphins packs of the last several years.But Burke actually joined the Dolphins as a centre. "I was 20 and thought my football in the City was all over, I was out at Mitchell when my best mate from school Luke Bishop, who was playing at Redcliffe called and said the club was looking for centres, so I gave them a call," he said.?They had dozens of back rowers. So I told them I could play centre. But I reckon it only took them a few games to realise I wasn?t a centre?s bootlace? he laughed.Three Queensland Wizard Cup premierships later, Burke remains one of the unsung heroes of the Dolphins side. Coach Anthony Griffin describes the Q-Build carpenter as ?a coach?s dream?.?Danny turns up every week ready to play and he really rips into his work,? said Griffin.Burke won the Peter Leis Medal for the Dolphins Player of the Year in 2005 is well and truly in the hunt again this year but said ? I don?t think I?m a chance, Patty (Gardner), Nick Emmett and Micky (Roberts) have all had great years?.?I'm not sure if I'll get another Peter Leis Medal, another Premiership is my main goal? he added.When Burke finally retires his image will be etched onto the windows of the club house with current team-mates Troy Lindsay and Michael Roberts as well as other Dolphins Legends from by gone eras like Ian "Bunny" Pearce, Vic Tighe, Steve Cherry, Trevor Benson, Ian Thinee, Tony Obst, Peter Leis, Col Weier and Bevan Bleakley who have all racked up 150 games for the Dolphins. Danny Burke StatsDOB: 10/04/79Height: 180cmWeight: 98kgPosition: Second RowRep Honours: Qld Juniors, City, Qld ResidentsFirst Grade Debut: 2000 vs Wests Purtell ParkCareer Games: 149 Tries: 16Points: 64
FIVE Redcliffe Dolphins have named in the South East Division A Grade side winger Kaine Manihera, centre Pat McGill, hooker Scott Gillis, second rower Richie Russell and prop Dominic Fallini. "It's a testament to all the hard work theses guys have done up to this point. it's a good reward" Dolphins CEO James Hinchey said today. "It's great, all these guys are pressing hard for Queensland Cup spots, it's one of the reason the top side is going well is because of the pressure coming from these guys below" Head Coach Anthony Griffin said. The Dolphins also had one player Brent Warr selected in the South East Division under 14 squad as well as eight in the Brisbane under 18 side. Rhys Cooke, Soloman Fonoti, Jeremy Fuller, Liufau Hala, Adam Marr, Jack Reed, Andrew Rickert, Tamo Tikinau and Jack Webb. Colts coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said " It's great for these guys to be recognised for all the good work they have been doing I expect some of these guys to make the step up to Colts by the end of the year".The Dolphins Colts side will be missing three players to the South East under 17 side this week for the clash against Souths who are also heavily effected with under 17 and 19 state trials on this weekend. David Hala, Joel Romelo, Asher Elemani and under 17 player Matt Lennon are the Dolphins selected and the side is coached by the Dolphins Queensland Cup assistant coach Paul White. We wish all the boys the best of luck.
THE Emerald Group Dolphins crossed the bay for trials in three grades against traditional rivals Wynnum Manly Seagulls.The Dolphins colts got off to good start and led for the majority of the game. Up by 16 points with just 10 minutes to go they got run down to lose 30-24. Wynnum Manly finsihed the game on fire while the young Dolphins ball control and poor discipline let them down badly.The Dolphins were good defensively in the first half especially with the possession rate weighted heavily against them. But while their defence was good the completions and ball control was poor. Coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said ?It?s something we?ll be working on in the next few week, we only completed one set of six properly in the second half?.Best for the Dolphins were Tim Benson, Tom Donnelly and Joel RomeloWynnum 30 (R.Congoo 2, J.Mclean, A Mansey tries L.Menhinnitt 4, R.Cronin goals)Redcliffe 24 (J.Romelo 2, D.Porteous, M.Gillett, T.Donnelly tries T.Benson 2 goals)In the A grade game the Dolphins went down 28-18. The Seagulls always looked in control of this encounter. Coach Grant Cleal didn't dwell on the result in the sheds at fulltime he highlighted the positives he got from the game. "Everybody who saw the game knows what we did wrong and we'll work on that, they don't need to be told they all realise we play our first comp game in a few weeks time and we have to get it right."Best for the Dolphins was Alwyn Simpson who looked dangerous everytime he got the ball and was strong in defence.Wynnum 28 (Steve Irwin 2, Caleb McEniery 1, Rodney Barba 1 tries Bart Masters 4 goals)Redcliffe 18 (Mitchell Simpson, Adam Luchetti, Mick Pares, Luke Boldery tries Alwyn Simpson 1 goal)The Queensland Wizard Cup didn't rise to any great heights as a spectical. It didn't start well for the Dolphins losing Rory Bromley injured at the last training session on friday and inspirational prop Troy Lindsay after just 10 minutes of play. The Dolphins had to do a mountain of defence in the first half and were their own worst enemies continually turning the ball over and being heavily penalised. Coach Anthony Griffin was happy with the defensive effort in the first half and said to the team they had done well to keep Wynnum Manly to 14 points. ?Our execution was pretty poor tonight and we?ll be working on it in the coming weeks? Griffin said after the game. ?But there were positives to be taken out of tonight? he added.?I haven?t got anybody pegged for a spot anywhere just yet, the trial and training form will determine the first competition side? Griffin told his players.On the injury front the Dolphins expect Troy Lindsay to be out for 4-6 weeks with a knee ligament strain, while Grant Flugge also will have an appointment with the doctor during the week to have his injured knee checked out.Best for the Dolphins were Pat Gardner who continually punched holes in the Wynnum defence with some strong charges; Adam Starr was good both in attack and defence, while Mark Shipway?s bruising defence lifted his team mates. Danny Burke also had a strong game. The backs didn?t get many opportunities and when they did they tended to turnover possession trying to do too much. The Dolphins had many chances to win the game but a combination of Wynnums strong defence and poor ball control meant it wasn't going to be the Dolphins night.Wynnum 20 (Simon Phillips 2, Shaun Daylight, Luke Dalzeil Don tries 2 goals)Redcliffe 10 (Pat Gardner, Alwyn Simpson tries Greg Bourke 1 goal)
THE Lovely Life on the Leis Farm means fine fine footyPeter Leis loves his Dayboro farm - up there in the picturesque hills about 30 km behinf Redcliffe he tends to his cows and crops with the utmost contentment - and this is why he is playing mighty football. It is one good reason why he is topping the try scorers.And what's the connection between the lovely life on the Leis farm and Rugby League?. Well it proves Peter Leis theory - that a man in a happy frame of mind plays top football.No worries, no discontent, no frustrations and day to day satisfaction means a fellow is at his mental and physical peak, says the 30 year old Redcliffe centre. And the way Cowboy Pete is going, who can disprove his theory?This is a slashing season for Peter - with 20 tries to prove it. Yet, before the season started he was undecided about fronting up for another season with Redcliffe.Now in his 13th season in A Grade football, he was inclined to fade out of the League picture. But Redcliffe is a "matey" club, and he decided to give it a go - to see if he could have a hand in the Dolphins having a crack at that big title - the '78 premiership.Nineteen tries later it's obvious that farmer Pete has had a fine football harvest, no doubt due to good teamwork, and that blissful farm life.Next on the try scoring list is Pete's colleague, "Bunny Pearce" with 14. "If Bunny looks like scoring a few against Valleys I'll tackle him myself," Pete joked. (The top try scorer for the season wins $300 and a replica of a trophy - these are donated by Gary Balkin of the Melbourne Hotel.)Peter, who had second thoughts about playing this year, is dead keen to be with the Dolphins next year. A modest man with a keen sense of humour, we observed, "It's certainly not a case of being fast, because I never had any pace in the first place. "But I know a few short cuts."Sheer hard work on the field, plus awesome determination makes him one of the best centres in Brisbane. Peter has one other point to make in Redcliffe's strong run for the premiership .... and that's Tony Obst's role in the team."I reckon Tony is the reason for for our success," Peter said. He is my idea of a complete footballer. "His attitude to the game and the team is unbelievable. It doesn't matter what happens, Tony never rubbishes anyone.""The way he keeps encouraging the chaps is amazing. He is not one of those critics who finds excuses or pass the buck. "He gets around and talks to all the chaps. You can't possibly talk about our team without giving Tony a good mention."And this Peter Leis observation no doubt will give many a League fan a respectful opinion of Tony Obst - the formidable figure on the field, also known by some as "The Enforcer". Peter hopes Tony will be back next year.With other veteran goers like Bevan Bleakley and "Bunny" Pearce steaming strongly as ever, ther is something about Redcliffe that keeps their players charging on. In Peter Leis's case, he can say it's contentment among the cows. Not many Brisbane League players can say that.This article was published in the Brisbane Rugby League programme in 1978.
THE Emerald Group Dolphins have their first hit out for 2006 at Dolphin Oval this Saturday. The Queensland Cup squad will play an emerging Broncos squad while the lower grades will clash with the Broncos feeder club the Aspley Devils.The Colts game will kick commence at 4.00pm followed by the A Grade at 5.30pm and then the Queensland Cup at 7.00pm.The Dolphins will be at full strength with the exception of skipper Shane Perry who will be in Port Macquarie playing an NRL trial for the Brisbane Broncos against Canberra and Mark Christensen who is still a few weeks away from returning from a knee reconstruction.Dolphins Coach Anthony Griffin has stuck mostly with the players who finished the 2005 so strongly in his starting line up.Redcliffe Dolphins1. Ryan Cullen 2. Kaine Manihera 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Rory Bromley 6. Chris Fox 7. Marty Turner 8. Troy Lindsay 9. Mick Roberts 10. Adam Starr 11. Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Danny Green Interchange 14. Mark Shipway 15. Richie Russell 16. Pat Gardner 17. Damian Jentz 18. Matt Anderton 19. Adam Fletcher 20. Shannon Fish 21. Duane O?GradyEmerging Broncos1. Denan Kemp 2. Leon Bott 3. Jamie Simpson 4. Fraser Anderson 5. Gideon Mzembe 6. Joel Moon 7. Ian Lacey 8. Lynden Murphy 9. Nathan Strudwick 10. Matt Lowe 12. Chris Muckert 13. John Te Reo Interchange. 14. Pat McPherson 15. Ben Green 16. Nick Nolan 17. TBARedcliffe Dolphins A Grade1. Mitchell Simpson 2. Luke Boldery 3. Matt Mannion 4. Pat McGill 5. Lucas Dearden 6. Chris Jelich 7. Josh McCormack 8. Clint Frazer 9. Scott Gillis 10. Darren Glase 11. James Douglas 12. Daniel Jones 13. Gerard Parle Interchange 14. Michael Pares 15. Dominic Fallini 16. Brad Massey 17. Adam Luchetti 18. Cal Sipthorp 19. Alwyn Simpson 20. Zac Jordan 21. Nick WalkerRedcliffe Dolphins Colts1. Phil Daisy 2. Dion Porteous 3. Matt Gillett 4. Michael Wilson 5. James Derbyshire 6. Angus Cameron 7. Asher Elamani 8. Stuart May 9. Jack Webb 10. Greg Malenstein 11. Logan Sullivan 12. Matt Handcock 13. Tim Benson Interchange 14. Sam Schull 15. Bob Jones 16. Anthony Tonkin 17. Jordan Brown 18. Tim Yee 19. Andrew Rickert 20. Jake Marketo 21. Tom Donnelly 22. Jon Broad