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.
AFTER months of hard work on the training paddock the Redcliffe Pepsi Dolphins finally get to show their wears on the playing field. With new looking sides the Club is not easing it?s way into the competition with easy trials they are playing the reigning Queensland Cup premiers the Burleigh Bears in three grades at Pizzey Park this Saturday.
THE Dolphins now in their second full week back at training after the Christmas break. Coach Anthony Griffin and trainer Tony Guilfoyle have been putting the players through some tough sessions culminating in a tough cross country run at veteran prop Troy Lindsay?s property in the Caboolture hinterland. Both Griffin and Guilfoyle are happy with the work the players are putting in and can see marked improvement in some.Griffin nominated the senior players for special mention for their effort and leadership they have shown the younger players.
AS announced last month Anthony Griffin has been appointed Queensland Cup coach for season 2005. The lower grades coaches have now been announced while they will be new to the Club?s coaching staff they are certainly no strangers do the Dolphin Oval supporters.
Taking control of the A Grade side is one Redcliffe?s favourite sons Ian ?Iggy? Graham. Graham who captained the Dolphins to their 1994 premiership victory has previously coached Easts colts and Souths first grade in Mackay.
Coaching the Colts will be another man who has played first grade for Redcliffe 113 game veteran Waverley Stanley. Stanley returns to the club after coaching in Atherton. Stanley?s right hand man will be Craig Ingebrigtsen a very successful junior coach who is stepping up to senior football for the first time. Ingebrigtsen is also a former lower grader with the club.
The new strength and conditioning coach is Tony Guilfoyle. Guilfoyle comes to the club after spending the last few years on the Norths staff. He is a Redcliffe junior who worked his way through the grades and played first grade under Graham Olling?s coaching in the late 1980?s and stayed with the club until the early 90?s before moving to Brothers.
THE Dolphins are back on the paddock training under the watchful eye of new Coach Anthony Griffin and Strength and Conditioning Coach Tony Guilfoyle. Now in their second week back training each session has had about 60-70 players in attendance. The players are going through their paces with gym, skills and fitness sessions.With a number of players deciding to move on and a new coaching staff it shapes up as an exciting season in 2005 for the Dolphins.
Nathan Herbener Prop. Nathan previously had a stint at the Dolphins from 1997 to 2000 before returning to his hometown of Roma. A Qld Rangers Rep in 2004.
Matt Morice Prop. A man mountain from Tully in North Queensland who tops the scales at 118kg should add some depth to the front row. Played for Souths-Logan in 2004.
Greg Bourke Centre. Bourke makes his way across the bay from Wynnum. A very experienced centre that is expected to replace the departing Brian Jellick.
Nick Emmett Centre. A Mossman Sharks junior who played Colts with the Dolphins in 1999 before heading down and playing with Parramatta for 4 years.
Daniel Irvine Hooker. An Australian Schoolboys rep in 1999 with former Dolphins Shane Tronc, Brent Tate and Trent Clayton. He has played NRL for Parramatta.
Shannon Fish Utility. A Canterbury junior who spent three years with St.George before playing for the Central Comets in 2004. Can play hooker, back row and 5/8.
Gerard Parle Back Rower. Voted the Comets best forward for 2004. He is also a goal kicker and with several back rowers leaving the club is a more than handy pick up.
Ryan Cullen Fullback. The Mt.Isa junior who won the Comets Queensland Cup Player of the year award in 2004. He also played lower grades for St.George-Illawarra.
Matt Mapes Back Rower. Signed from the Nambour Crushers. The ex Bronco colt will add depth to the back row.
Clint Frazer. Prop who has come across from Norths. He will be looking to put pressure on the established pair of Lindsay and Starr for a Qld Cup starting spot.
Brian Jellick. Limoux Grizzlies France
Ben Jones. Canberra Raiders
Gavin Cooper. North Queensland Cowboys
Charles Vis. North Queensland Cowboys
Justin McKay. Wynnum
Andrew Wynyard. Retired
Nathan Sologinkin. Retired
Joel Barnes. Gateshead Thunder
Joe Burley. Gateshead Thunder
Nathan Morris. Brothers-Valleys
Liam Georgetown. Brothers-Valleys
Trent Leis. Burleigh
Sam Fillery. Brothers-Valleys
Chris Bond. Brothers-Valleys
Ron Poll. Brothers-Valleys
Scott Kelly. Brothers-Valleys
Chris Torrington. Parramatta
Luke Bishop. Brothers-Valleys
Damien Richters. Retired
THE Redcliffe Dolphins held their 57th annual presentation night in the Des Webb lounge at the Redcliffe Leagues Club on Friday night.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Peter Leis Medal and Searles Garden Products Player of the Year. At the beginning of the night a leaders board was revealed with the top 8 finishers. The contenders were Brian Jellick, Gavin Cooper, Shane Perry, Adam Starr, Troy Lindsay, Michael Roberts, Ben Jones and Daniel Green.
After the first 5 rounds the leader was Shane Perry on 14 points leading from Brian Jellick and Adam Starr on 13. After 10 rounds Perry was still in front on 24 votes from Michael Roberts who picked up 19 votes in 5 rounds to move onto 20 votes with Starr in third on 18 votes. After 15 rounds there was a new leader with Brian Jellick moving into the top spot on 32 points from Perry on 31 and Roberts on 30 points. At the end of 22 rounds, with all votes counted and with a congested leader board the winner of the Peter Leis Medal and Searles Garden Products Player of the Year was announced and the winner was Adam Starr.
The final points ladder was
Adam Starr 51
Troy Lindsay 49
Brian Jellick 40
Michael Roberts 40
Shane Perry 32
Ben Jones 32
Daniel Green 22
Gavin Cooper 20