THE Redcliffe Dolphins have just returned from a weekend training camp in Gympie where the whole club were put their paces with conditioning sessions, defensive sessions, attacking sessions as well as a video session and a lecture on club policy and procedures. Head coach Anthony Griffin was very pleased with how all the players went on the camp. "We will probably tinker with the format a little bit, but I think it was a success." he said. "Not only the players,I think some of us coaches got a bit of it as well, I think we (Coaches) realised we weren't as fit as we thought" he added.As the Dolphins prepare for their first hit out against Broncos/Toowoomba squad on February 18 there is a spring in everybodies step because they know a game is just around the corner. Griffin is expected to name his squad this week.The Broncos and Dolphins affiliation although only in it's infancy is proving to be winner with several members of the Dolphins senior squad being invited to train with the NRL squad Shane Perry, Nick Emmett, Pat Gardner and Danny Green (pictured) have been some of the Dolphins who have participated in the sessions.It will be a new look Dolphins that take the field in the opening trial and I don't just mean the new signings. The club has turned back the clock and will be wearing a new strip this season.
REDCLIFFE rugby league centre, Steve Cherry, said he had decided to keep "plugging away" after breaking his cheekbone in the July 5 third grade match against Norths.Cherry's persistence and his devotion to Redcliffe could earn him one last crack at a Brisbane premiership which has eluded him since he joined the Dolphins from Roma in 1978.The former Brisbane representative centre was the secret weapon employed by Redcliffe coach Darryl Van de Velde in yesterday's 30-7 Winfield Cup knockout semi-final win over Wynnum-Manly at Lang Park.Experience Cherry provided the experience in a youthful Redcliffe three-quarter line and formed a top centre partnership with another former Darling Downs boy Rohan Teevan.Teevan originally was named alongside the equally youthful Jeff Doyle whose comments about Wynnum Test centre Gene Miles' age made him a marked man.Doyle remained on the bench for the full 80 minutes yesterday and at one stage it looked like Miles had chosen Teevan as the target of his anger.A cruel chest high tackle early in the match had Teevan on shaky legs but the youngster showed a lot of character to come back and score a fine try.Teevan and Cherry supported a fine break by Test forward Bryan Niebling with Niebling finding Teevan with a pass which sent the youngster between the posts unopposed.When it was suggested Niebling had chosen Teevan because of his superior pace Cherry replied that he was "just idling.""Besides I knew Bryan wasn't going to pass it to me. I was on his weak side," Cherry quipped.Cherry said three weeks ago he had resigned himself to playing in the lower grades in the finals."If you had said to me after I broke my cheekbone against Norths that I would ber playing in the first grade knockout semi-final I would have said "no way'."But I never thought of tossing it in. I decided to keep plugging away in the hope something would happen to make the season worthwhile."Redcliffe's Test hooker Greg Conescu said the performance of captain and lock, Steve Bleakley yesterday emphasised the folly of Sydney talent scouts in not making an offer to the rugged Caboolture banana farmer."There is something wrong with Sydney scouts if they don't snap up Steve quickly after that performance," Conescu said.Bleakley scored two tries and and worked tirelessly in defence.He may not have the build of many Sydney backrowers but he is as tough as any of them.By Steve Ricketts August 31 1987Redcliffe's former Brisbane rugby league centre Steve Cherry hopes to carve a new representative career in the forwards.Cherry says he believes his days in the backline are over and he wants to concentrate on becoming a specialist second-rower."I couldn't wish for a better group to learn from than the Redcliffe pack," he said.Redcliffe coach Ian Pearce switched Cherry from the centres to second-row after some disappointing displays by his star-studded pack in the Woolies pre-season.But it's not the first time the switch has been made. Former Australian coach Frank Stanton played Cherry at lock when he was in charge of the Dolphins in 1980."Steve has the strength, speed and build to be a top class backrower," Stanton said in Sydney this week."He was one of my favorite players when I was in Brisbane."Cherry, at 25, still has plenty of years in front of him as a forward and he is aiming to make the representative teams.He is keen to impress this Sunday when Redcliffe play Toowoomba at his home town, Roma, in a third round Winfield State League match.The last time Cherry played at Roma was in 1982 when Redcliffe easily defeated Toowoomba. Cherry marked current Wynnum-Manly winger Warren Green.Another Roma boy who will be making his debut for Redcliffe is centre Robin Thorne."I think playing in his home town will bring out the best in Robin," said Redcliffe coach "Bunny" Pearce.By Steve Ricketts April 19 1985Redcliffe's former Brisbane representative rugby league centre Steve Cherry hit the lowest point of his career in the Dolphins inglorious loss to Brothers at Lang Park on July 29.Cherry was one of the worst of an uncommitted Redcliffe 13, which lost to a 12 man Brothers outfit.He was dropped for the following match, but earned a reprieve when his replacement, Steve Bleakley, was ruled out through injury.That was the turning point. Since then, Cherry has improved steadily and now he is back to his peak and ready for revenge against Brothers in the semi-finals play-off on Wednesday night."I won't need to be geed up for the match. None of us will. We've had nothing but a hard time from work-mates and supporters ever since our loss to Brothers," Cherry said.Poor form The former Roma star attributed his poor form earlier in the year to a lack of confidence.On Saturday night in Redcliffe's 24-16 win over Valleys at Dolphin Oval Cherry and his team-mates oozed confidence, particularly in the first half when they established a 20-0 lead.And besides Cherry, one of the most confident was former Test winger, John Ribot, who roamed all over the field looking for work."In these crunch games it's the experienced players who have to show the way," he said.Forwards, Shane Bernardin and Dave Trewhella with 35 and 34 tackles respectively, were inspirations in the pack.Cherry registered an incredible 21 tackles in the centres.It was a big night for the Dolphins with the Bob Jones' coached third grade side sealing the Pacific Land Cup third grade minor premiership. By Steve Ricketts September 3 1984
A dedicated approach to injury treatment, including long sessions in the Roma municipal pool, has paid dividends for youthful prop, Cam Cherry. Cherry broke an ankle in the first Woolies pre-season match of the year against Souths at Dolphin Oval.The injury undoubtedly prevented him from making any of the Winfield State League squads although he was back playing before the revolutionary competition was finished. That itself was a tribute to his hard work.While the ankle was still in plaster Cherry was swimming in the Roma baths trying to speed up the healing. ?I tried a plastic bag around the plaster to ensure it wasn?t damaged and the pool manager helped me with my swimming exercises?, Cherry said. ?When the plaster did come off I walked underwater and swam as much as I could to strengthen the ankle. Since I have resumed playing I have not had any problems with the ankle?.Like his older brothers (and Redcliffe stalwarts) Mark and Steve, Cam gets back to his home town, Roma whenever he is able. Although not selected in the squad, he did not miss Redcliffe?s final State League match against Toowoomba at Roma on May 2. The Cherrys began their league with the Cities club in Roma and like Cities favourite son, Arthur Beetson, signed with Redcliffe when it was time try ?city? football.Cam (short for Cameron) made his first grade debut against Brothers at Lang Park last Sunday and impressed with solid front on defence, hard running and good hands. And to top off a memorable debut he scored a try in the 11th minute of the second half after lead up work by fullback, Trevor Benson and half Colin Part. Steve Cherry also scored a try in Redcliffe?s 16-0 win.With Brisbane prop, Peter Griffiths suspended for two more weeks, Cherry has a strong chance to consolidate his grip on a first grade jersey. Still only 20, he forms a youthful front row with 22 year-old hooker, George Trudgett and 21 year-old fellow prop Tony Kajewski.This story is from a Brisbane Rugby League News in 1982.
Forwards Not The Only ProductGunnedah, the New South Wales northern tablelands town, has produced many fine rugby league players.It is particularly noted for it's forwards, including former Test props John O'Neill and John Donnelly and more recently state prop Lindsay Johnston. Redcliffe's consistant hooker, Bob Jones is another forward product of the town. But Gunnedah also has it's good backs, among them is Tony Murphy who is making his mark with Jones club, Redcliffe.Murphy joined the Dolphins last season and quickly established himself as a challenger for first grade. He was one of the Dolphins most consistant performers in reserve grade and late in the Winfield Cup premiership was given his chance in first grade. But Redcliffe stuck with a more experienced centre combination for proved to be a disastrous knockout semi-final against eventual premiers Wynnum-Manly.Murphy's consolation was his role in the Dolphins 11-10 reserve grade grand final victory over Valleys. He was of the Dolphins stars, scoring one of their three tries.This year he was used as a reserve in three Redcliffe Winfield State League squads before finally forcing his way into the first grade starting line-up for the June 26 Dolphin Oval match against Valleys.The Dolphins clicked in the heavy going and Murphy combined brilliantly with his state representative centre partner Mitch Brennan to often have the highly fancied Diehards at sixes and sevens. Unfortunately thye following week Murphy's form dropped to mediocre along with most of the other players on the field in the scrappy match of the day loss to Souths.Former Brisbane representative Steve Cherry was brought back into first grade after proving in reserve grade that he had recovered from a bad arm injury. But Murphy, at 21 has time on his side and with a little more confidence could soon become a regular first grader.Murphy lives at Redcliffe and is employedin the service division of the Dolphin's sponsor Village Motors. His reserve grade team-mate Bob Jones is one of his former junior coaches and New South Wales prop Lindsay Johnston (Who plays with North Sydney) is a former team-mate at Gunnedah.This article appeared in a match day programme in 1983.FootnoteAfter spending time as football manager of the Dolphins and then Operations Manager of the Redcliffe Leagues Club Tony took over the role as General Manager of the Football and Leagues Clubs earlier this year.
THIS story is from the match day program March 21-22 1982.Some light hearted chiding from Gold Coast second rower, Dave McLeod could backfire in the big Owen Park clash with Redcliffe on March 21.The chiding was aimed at Redcliffe's giant centre Dave Brown. McLeod and Brown are good friends, and it was while the big centre was in McLeod's Beaudesert Hotel last weekend that he was told the Vikings would be too strong for the Dolphis."He wanted me to bite but I wouldn't" Brown said. "I'll give my reply on the football field."Brown, 22 is a former Beaudesert player and his family still live in the town where his father owns Dyers Drapery store. Except for three years at Ashgrove College in Brisbane (Where he played Rugby Union Union), Brown has played all his football in Beaudesert.During part of that junior career he partnered international centre, Chris Close whose policeman father was stationed at Beaudesert for five years. Brown played for the Beaudesert Kingfishers in the Gold Coast League in under 19's and first grade football and represented the Gold Coast under 21 side.He had a break from the code in 1979 and concentrated on surfing. "When I started getting too heavy for the board I decide to go back to football," he said. In 1980 he played first grade with Beaudesert and last year joined Redcliffe. His one first grade match was aginst Wests. In this year's Woolies pre-season competition he has been a first grade regular and is starting to work up a good combination with the more experienced Steve Cherry. Weighing in at 93 kilograms Brown admits he could afford to be a bit lighter, but he says he is getting fitter with every match.Single, he lives at Redcliffe with Chris Close's brother-in-law Wayne Locke and Redcliffe third grade player Doug Cameron. Brown is employed as a landscaper by Frank Saito's Kimberley Nursery at Loganholme.
THE Redcliffe Dolphins are finishing their fourth week of pre-season training with strength and conditioning Coach Tony Guilfoyle putting the squads through some grueling sessions. ?It?s a good mix between skills and conditioning? Guilfoyle said. ?The boys are really working hard, for themselves and for each other, a couple of them are really stepping up and taking leadership roles within their groups which is good to see? he said. ?Physically all the boys from last year are stronger than they were twelve months ago at this same time and I believe mentally as well, if they can beat the little man in their head that?s half the battle? Guilfoyle added.The Dolphins have also added a few more new players to their roster former Melbourne Storm half back Marty Turner joins the club from Oldham in England, Adam Fletcher an outside back from Sydney Wests, Ricky Thorby who comes highly recommended from Innisfail he can play in the back row or front row. Matt Anderton the 2005 A grade captain has also re-signed, a member of the 2003 Qld Cup premiership side he is keen to press for selection in the top side again. The Colts squad has also been strengthened with the signings of Jacob Marketo a back rower from the Sunshine Coast, Logan Sullivan from Dysart, Michael Wilson and Philip Daisy the son of Foley Shield legend Vern from Townsville.Matt Gruszka after starting training with the Dolphins is off to Sydney on a three month trial with Cronulla hopefully the ?Polish Express? will impress Sharks Coach Stuart Raper and earn himself a contract with the Sharks. Also there is another addition to the Dolphins coaching staff with former Central Queensland player Paul White taking the vacant assistant coach?s position that was held by Grant Cleal last season.Player MovementsSenior SigningsRichie Russell (Port Macquarie), Darren Glase (Souths Logan), Pat Gardner (Norths), Rorey Bromley (North Queensland), Casey Bromilow (Hills Districts), Mark Shipway (Salford), Marty Turner (Oldham), Ricky Thorby (Innisfail), Adam Fletcher (Wests Sydney)Re-signed Shane Perry, Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr, Greg Bourke, Michael Roberts, Grant Flugge, Danny Burke, Duane O?Grady, Shannon Fish, Ryan Cullen, Chris Giumelli, Nick Emmett, Lucas Deardon, Matt Gruszka, Matt Mapes, Mick Pares, Iermia Filipo, Gerard Parle, Damien Jentz, Clint Frazer, Daniel Green, Chris Jelich, Dominic Fallini, Mitchell Simpson, Mark Christensen, Terry Jones, Daniel Jones, Nick Walker, Brad Massey, Matt AndertonColts SigningsDion Porteous, Matt Lennon, Andrew Rickert, Clement Nanai, Jordon Brown, Tim Yee, Asher Elamani, Foisa Peni, Matt Handcock, Anthony Tonkin, Dane Hogan, Jon Broad, Tim Benson, David Hala, Sam Schull, Adam Marr, Stuart May, Joel Romelo, Michael Wilson, Phil Daisy, Jacob Marketo, Logan Sullivan, LossesLiam Georgetown, Wayne Bond (Both Penrith), Nathan Black (Gateshead) Phil Shilvock (Retired), Matt Gruszka (Trialling with Cronulla), Iremia Filipo (Retired), Luke Tonion
AFTER nine seasons away in the NRL and English Superleague competitions Mark Shipway returns to where his senior career began in the Queensland Cup with the Redcliffe Dolphins.Shipway a centre in the 1996 Dolphins side that made the inaugural Queensland Cup grand final returns as a hard hitting second rower adding to the already powerful Dolphins pack.Also joining the Dolphins for season 2006 are Rorey Bromley a speedy outside back who was a member of the Young Guns premiership winning side this year, Casey Bromilow a five-eighth from the Hills Districts club who has tasted Queensland Cup action with Brothers-Valleys.The Dolphins have also been securing the talent they already have on the books with Mark Christensen, Terry Jones, Daniel Jones, this seasons forward of the year Nick Walker, Brad Massey a solid preformer for the colts this year, and Bunny Pearce trophy winner Mitchell Simpson agreeing to terms.Tha Dolphins have also signed a group of talented youngsters Australian junior representative Dane Hogan, this seasons Colts forward of the year Foisa Peni, Dion Porteous, Matt Lennon and from the Norths premiership winning colts side Tim Benson. The older Dolphin fans will remember Tim's father Trevor a legend of the club who played 237 first grade for the Dolphins between 1980 and 1992.Also with Ian Graham and his family moving to Tweed Heads the club is pleased to announce that Grant Cleal will take on the A Grade coaching role. Another former Dolphin Andrew Wynyard will be assisting Craig Ingebrigtsen with colts.CEO James Hinchey said "We are still on the look out for a few players in certain positions, but we are pretty happy where we are at". "Both the players and coaches know there is a lot of hard work to be done, the comp is getting stronger each year and we want to be right up there come September" he said.Player MovementsSenior SigningsRichie Russell (Port Macquarie), Darren Glase (Souths Logan), Pat Gardner (Norths), Rorey Bromley (North Queensland), Casey Bromilow (Hills Districts), Mark Shipway (Salford)Re-signed Shane Perry, Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr, Greg Bourke, Michael Roberts, Grant Flugge, Danny Burke, Duane O?Grady, Shannon Fish, Ryan Cullen, Luke Tonion, Chris Giumelli, Nick Emmett, Lucas Deardon, Matt Gruszka, Matt Mapes, Mick Pares, Iermia Filipo, Gerard Parle, Damien Jentz, Clint Frazer, Daniel Green, Chris Jelich, Dominic Fallini, Mitchell Simpson, Mark Christensen, Terry Jones, Daniel Jones, Nick Walker, Brad Massey.Colts SigningsDion Porteous, Matt Lennon, Andrew Rickert, Clement Nanai, Jordon Brown, Tim Yee, Asher Elamani, Foisa Peni, Matt Handcock, Anthony Tonkin, Dane Hogan, Jon Broad, Tim Benson, David Hala, Sam Schull, Adam Marr, Chris Johnson, Stuart May, Joel Romelo. LossesLiam Georgetown, Wayne Bond (Both penrith)
DANNY Burke has capped of a stellar season by winning the Peter Leis Medal as the Redcliffe Dolphins Player of the Year at the recent presentation evening. The Mitchell product in his sixth season with the Dolphins was a one point winner from a fast finishing Troy Lindsay.Burke who spent time with both the Broncos and Souths Sydney before joining the Dolphins started the season off brilliantly picking up four man of the match awards in the first five games. ?It?s a real honour for me to win this award; I thought Cow (Lindsay) would win it he had another great year? Burke said. ?And just look at the other guys who have won it in recent years Adam Mogg, Shane Perry, Shane Tronc and Adam Starr they have all played first grade in the NRL? he added.Other award winnersDevelopment SquadPlayer of the Year: Matt GillettSquad Member of the Year: Tim YeeTeam of the Year: Team Nutley Matt Lennon, Matt Handcock, Khan Kelly, Liufau Hala, Jordan Brown, Asher Elamani and Luke Capewell ?Under 18?sBest & Fairest: Angus SmithBest Back: Anthony TonkinMost Consistant: Clark PaugaMost Improved: Zac LeavaiColts Best & Fairest: Scott GillisBest Back: Matt GillettBest Forward: Foisa PeniA GradeBest & Fairest: Chris FoxBest Back: Matt AndertonBest Forward: Damien JentzQueensland CupBest & Fairest: Troy LindsayBest Back: Shane PerryBest Forward: Nick WalkerIan ?Bunny? Pearce Leading Points Scorer: Mitchell Simpson 194 pointsDick ?Tosser? Turner Colt of the Year: Wayne BondRedcliffe Travel Clubman of the Year: Col Richardson
THE Redcliffe Pepsi Dolphins season may have ended but they haven?t been sitting around on their hands. CEO James Hinchey, Development Manager Grant Cleal and Coach Anthony Griffin have been working hard signing current players and enticing new players to the Club. ?While we are happy with what we achieved this year, coming from only getting one grade in the semi finals in 2004 to all three this year and the Queensland Wizard Cup side falling one game short of the grand final, but we must continue to build and bring new blood into the club.? CEO James Hinchey said.The Dolphins have re-signed the majority of this year?s top grade squad with the only confirmed losses for next season so far are Liam Georgetown and Wayne Bond who will be heading off to play in the NRL for the Penrith Panthers. ?I expect we will lose other players particularly from A grade squad who will go to other clubs in search of Queensland Cup opportunities, but that?s footy and we wish them all the best.? Hinchey said.The Dolphins have added to their already impressive list of forward signings with Darren Glase a front rower who joins the club from Souths Logan Magpies where he was captain and one of their better players in 2005. Richie Russell a back rower from Port Macquarie who spent four seasons with in the Roosters system. ?We have heard good things about Richie, he came up for a look during this season and he was impressed with our set up and we were impressed with him? said Hinchey.Pat Gardner also a prop from Brisbane Norths. A bulldozing front rower who was sought after by several clubs and a player Norths didn?t really want to lose. ?Gardner has the potential to play at the next level, we?d like to help him get there? Hinchey said. Gardner is a big man who will add real thrust to our pack. As well as the established players the Dolphins have also signed a group of talented players from our junior ranks with an eye on the future they include Queensland 17 Representative Matt Handcock and fellow Dolphin juniors Asher Elamani, Joel Romelo, Andrew Rickert, Tim Yee, Luke Capewell, Daniel Arnold, Anthony Tonkin, David Hala, Chris Johnson, Adam Marr and Clement Nani as well as current Colts squad members Jordan Brown, Jon Broad and Sam Schull.Development Manager Grant Cleal also hopes to pick up a few talented youngsters from the annual country trial on in October. ?We have a number of good kids coming from all over the state, so hopefully we?ll pick up a couple of them up for next season to go with the local kids who?ve earned their spots? Cleal said.Player MovementsGainsRichie Russell (Port Macquarie), Darren Glase (Souths Logan), Pat Gardner (Norths)Re-signed Shane Perry, Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr, Greg Bourke, Grant Flugge, Danny Burke, Duane O?Grady, Shannon Fish, Ryan Cullen, Luke Tonion, Chris Giumelli, Nick Emmett, Lucas Deardon, Matt Gruszka, Matt Mapes, Mick Pares, Iermia Filipo, Gerard Parle, Damien Jentz, Clint Frazer, Daniel Green, Chris Jelich, Dominic Fallini LossesLiam Georgetown, Wayne Bond (Both Penrith)
THIS round up of the 1980 season is courtesy of Brisbane Rugby League historian Michael Higgison.