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.
REDCLIFFE prop Troy Lindsay will become the first player to play 200 Queensland Cup games when he lines up for the Dolphins against Norths at Dolphin Oval on Saturday.
Lindsay who made his first grade debut for Redcliffe in 1994 against the Brisbane Broncos at Dolphin Oval has played 243 first grade games and sits second behind Peter Leis 261 games in all time first grade appearances for Redcliffe.
REDCLIFFE Dolphins hooker Michael Roberts this week against Tweed Heads brings up his 150th first grade game for the club.
Rugby League was not his original sport of choice he gave up a promising soccer career to try his hand at Rugby League. He made the Queensland under 16?s squad for the national titles as a centre midfielder. ?I didn?t play Rugby League for the first time until I was year 11 at St.Pats. ?The atmosphere was so good that I ended up giving soccer away and played school league and under 17?s for Brothers.?
THE Redcliffe Dolphins have had Shane Perry, Ryan Cullen and Jamie Russo named in the Queensland Residents side to play New South Wales in the Curtain Raiser to Origin Three at Suncorp Stadium.
Unfortunately for the Club it means we will be without the services of the talented trio for the all important Bayside battle with Wynnum next weekend.
Also named in the Queensland side is former Dolphin Junior and Development Squad Member Leigh Coghill who is now playing for Easts Tigers.
Former Dolphins both now with Burleigh Trent Purdon and Trent Leis tried hard for a well beaten Country outfit.
GRANT Flugge would rate as one of the quiet achievers with the Pepsi Dolphins. Now in his thirteenth season with the Dolphins since joining from the neighboring Pine Rivers club, Flugge has worked his way up through the ranks to establish himself as a Queensland Wizard Cup regular and this weekend against the Souths-Logan Magpies at Davies Park will clock up his one hundredth appearance in the top grade.
Flugge was also a member of the Clubs well respected Development Squad in 1995 and 1996. While he doesn?t have the profile or reached the heights of some of squad team mates Dane Carlaw, Craig Frawley and Aaron Moule, Flugge continues to give his all each and every time he runs out with the Dolphin on his chest and he?s a player his team-mates love to play with.
The 26 year old made his senior grade debut for the club in the Steve Day coached 1996 Colts side which made it through to the grand final only to lose to the South Queensland Crushers side that contained his current Dolphins team-mate Phil Shilvock.
His second year of Colts in 1997 was very rewarding, the side that included future Dolphins first graders Michael Roberts, JP Cherry, Jamie Tomlinson and Luke Bishop and was coached by current Queensland Cup coach Anthony Griffin went all the way winning the grand final.
The next year Flugge made the step up to reserve grade initially starting on the bench in the first few games before coach Robbie Clark put him in the run-on side at lock a position which he held for three quarters of the season and won the A grade best forward award that year.
The following year in 1999 under Neil Wharton?s coaching, Flugge picked up his second premiership in three years when the A grade side defeated Norths in the grand final. ?We won the grand final against Norths after they had beaten us in semis,? he said. ?It was a great moment.?
Wharton?s elevation to the top job coincided with Flugge?s promotion to the Queensland Cup side. ?I played a fair bit of first grade in 2000 after starting the season in the Reggies,? Flugge recalls. ?I got my chance at the end of the 2000 season when Shane Sanderson hurt his ankle,? he said. ?I was dropped for the major semi-final then I played in the last games, including the grand final.
In 2001 Flugge found it hard to consolidate his spot in the Queensland Cup side playing eleven games in top grade before making the spot his own the following year. And it should be noted he has only played two second grade games in the last three seasons which included two Queensland Cup premierships.
Grant Flugge?s Achievements
Colts Runners up 1996, Premiers 1997
A Grade Best Forward 1998
A Grade Premiership 1999
Brisbane A Grade Representative 1999
Queensland Cup Debut 1999
Queensland Cup Premierships 2000, 2002, 2003
Redcliffe Dolphins A Grade Best and Fairest 2000
Redcliffe Dolphins Qld Cup Best and Fairest 2003
LAST Friday night the Classic Sportswear Redcliffe Dolphins Development squad travelled down to Pizzey Park to take on the Burleigh Bears.