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
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.