THE Redcliffe Pepsi Dolphins face a very tough task in all 3 grades this Saturday against the Easts Tigers at Langlands Park.
Neil Wharton has gone for the same side that was outstanding in their big win over the Comets last weekend.
1. Justin McKay 2. Phil Shilvock 3. Damien Richters 4. Brian Jellick 5. Trent Leis 6. Shane Perry 7. Michael Roberts 8. Adam Starr 9. Caleb McEniery 10. Troy Lindsay 11. Ben Jones 12. Danny Burke 13. Granrt Flugge Interchange 14. Nick Walker 15. Matt Anderton 16. Nathan Sologinkin 17. Gavin Cooper
1. Chris Bond 2. Lyndon Nagas 3. Joel Barnes 4. Thor Ropati 5. Maddison Murphy 6. Scott Kelly 7. Wayne Bond 8. Travis Falls 9. Nathan Black 10. Mark Brown 11. Sam Fillery 12. Quin Smith 13. Joe Burley Interchange 14.Russell McDonald 15. Shane Anderson 16. Duane O'Grady 17. Richie Forster
1. Mitchell Simpson 2. Daniel Bennett 3. Henry Coutts 4. Todd Parnell 5. Troy Francom 6. Cody Norton 7. Steve Tyler 8. Adam Turnbull 9. Peter Delaivuna 10. Reece Bailey 11. Daley White 12. Jason Frazer 13. Tino Kurene Interchange 14. Val Fa'amoe 15. Bede Tuohy 16. Ashley Reilly 17. Nathan Morris
THE success of the Redcliffe Dolphins over the last few years has been no fluke. Coach Neil Wharton is well known for making the tough the call when he has to. But he?ll be the first person to say he hasn?t done it by himself. He has surrounded himself with not only quality football players but a quality staff as well.
One person who doesn?t get many raps outside the inner sanctum is strength and conditioning Coach David Simpson. You will see him run out each week in trainer?s shirt giving instructions to players but by far his most important work is done behind the scenes on the training paddock and in the gym. Since Simpson took over as strength and conditioning coach in 2002 after guiding the Dolphin Colts to the premiership in 2001 I can?t recall a season when the Dolphins have been run over by opposing teams at the back end of the season.
Simpson who was more than handy as a player himself playing first grade for Redcliffe, Norths and Easts as well as spending time at the Broncos where he was reserve grade captain. He was also in the 1988 Australian Schoolboys side which featured future NRL first graders Brad Fittler, Tim Brasher, David Fairleigh, Brett Horsnell, Jason Martin and Ian Herron among others as well as his good mate Grant Cleal. So successful was the tour for Simpson he was man of the match in the second test.
Simpson will be the first to say he didn?t reach his full potential as a footballer, and now he leaves no stone unturned with any of the Dolphins players whether it?s in the gym, on the paddock or with injury rehabilitation to make sure he can give them the best possible resources available so they can be the best they can be each week. So if that opportunity does come for that player to move onto the next level they will be prepared.
He is also a more than handy coach. In his first year with the clipboard he took Redcliffe Colts a premiership victory against a Melbourne Storm packed Norths side. He also knows the importance of having good people around him so he turned to his good mate from his time in the Australian Schoolboys and Brisbane Broncos sides Grant Cleal as his assistant and former Colts and first grade team mate Tony Marshall as his trainer.
Simmo still has desires to get back into coaching a club side and one day would love nothing more than to be head coach of his beloved Redcliffe Dolphins. His next coaching assignment is that of head coach of the Fijian national side for the lead up and next Rugby League world cup. But first and foremost on his mind is making sure he is doing everything possible to help bring a third successive Queensland Cup to the Dolphin faithful.
THE Dolphins A grade side this weekend faces a backs to the wall assignment when they take on their bogey side Easts at Langlands Park. And Coach Bertie Campbell wouldn?t have it any way. He will have his fired up and ready to play. But emotion won?t last long and Campbell will have devised a game plan that will take his A grade side to their third successive grand final if they ececute it correctly. As they say you only have to beat a team once in a season and that?s when it matters and for the Dolphins that's this weekend.
Much will depend on the Redcliffe pack who were written off by everbody at the start of the finals series but stood up to be counted against Norths a fortnight ago in the knockout semi final at Bishop Park. Mark Brown and Russell McDonald will get the side going forward and back the back row of Smith O?Grady and Burley will feed of that go forward. Classy five-eighth Scott Kelly will lead them around them the park.
The bench is where the game could be won and lost and the Dolphins will lose nothing when their starting players come off for a spell Ron Poll in only his second or third game this season will get in the middle and do the hard yards while the creative Sam Fillery may well hold the key with his clever kicking and passing game. Charles Vis after a stint on the sideline with a hamstring problem will be looking to make every post a winner before heading off to join the Cowboys and I expect Charles to get plenty of match time and to have a big influence on the outcome of the game. Daniel Jones born with red and white blood flowing through veins will be looking for a big game after missing last years grand final win with injury.
Eighteen year old half back Wayne Bond will again be a target for the Easts side but will not worry the talented youngster. I feel if the Redcliffe pack can hold the Easts pack they have the backline that can win them the game. They have speed to burn with Joel Barnes, Liam Georgetown out wide and Maddison Murphy and Lyndon Nagas can find a try out of nothing and with the inspirational Chris Bond at fullback I think the Dolphins can win the game and upset more fancied Tigers.
The full side is
1. Chris Bond
2. Lyndon Nagas
3. Maddison Murphy
4. Joel Barnes
5. Liam Georgetown
6. Scott Kelly
7. Wayne Bond
8. Russell McDonald
9. Nathan Black
10. Mark Brown
11. Duane O?Grady
12. Quin Smith
13. Joe Burley ?
14. Sam Fillery
15. Ron Poll
16. Charles Vis
17. Daniel Jones
Coach Robert Campbell
THE Dolphins find themselves in a position they don't want to be in, depending on other teams results and having to win against in form Northern Suburbs to make the semi finals. Coach Neil Wharton has decided to go with the same side that lost to Burleigh last Saturday with the exception of Adam Starr who returns from injury to take Joe Burley's spot. The full side is
Justin McKay, Phil Shilvock, Damien Richters, Brian Jellick, Trent Leis, Shane Perry, Adam Starr, Caleb McEniery, Troy Lindsay (c), Ben Jones, Danny Burke, Grant Flugge Interchange Nick Walker, Matt Anderton, Nathan Sologinkin, Gavin Cooper.
THE Redcliffe Dolphins have appointed Anthony Griffin as their Head Coach for the 2005 season. Griffin returns to Dolphin Oval after previously being the club?s Junior Development Manager from 1995 to 1997, he also took the Dolphins colts to the premiership in 1997 before joining the Melbourne Storm organization where he coached the North?s colts before moving to Melbourne where he was NRL assistant coach to both Chris Anderson and Mark Murray.
Griffin coached the Souths Logan Magpies for most of this year?s Queensland Cup competition before being controversially removed from that position.
THIS week shapes as a danger game for the Pepsi Dolphins. Although Ipswich are out of finals contention there has been a lot to like about their recent form. And at Bendigo Bank Oval the Jets would love nothing better than knocking off the Dolphins. For the Dolphins to be considered genuine premiership contenders this is one game they can't afford to drop, a loss in this game could see the Dolphins slide back down to fourth or fifth on ladder.
A Grade coach Rob Campbell will be looking to build on his sides recent good form with a win over the Jets. A win could see them confirm their spot in the semi finals.
Coach Cleal will be looking for his young chargers to turn it around after a very ordinary effort last week against Wests.
This weeks sides