AFTER six rounds the Dolphins are sitting in sixth spot on six points. Since beating Easts at home we have lost to Burleigh at Pizzey Park before registering wins against Souths Logan and Wynnum before a disappointing loss to the Young Guns.
The Burleigh game was a tough game and we thought we were heading the right direction, the Wynnum game was a physical game in the wet and the hoodoo Wynnum have at Dolphin Oval continued. 1984 was the last time they won here and astonishingly they have only won three games in Redcliffe at either Dolphin Oval or the Showgrounds since 1971.
Danny Burke has started the season off great and hopefully may get rewarded with a rep jersey later in the year if his form holds up. He dropped a bit of weight in off season and showing the benefits of all his hard work he has done over the summer.
Somebody else looking a bit different is Shane Perry when I turned up to the Wynnum game I thought he was out injured and somebody came in for him when I saw our number six with blonde hair.
As they say what happens on tour stays on tour but I can report that the Red and White ladies didn?t misbehave in Townsville this year like they did in Cairns last year. The only person who did play up was our number one supporter in Townsville ?Figgy? who had a little accident in the cab on the way home, must have been something he ate or the 76 rums he had one or the other. And for the people who asked me up in Townsville if ?Figgy? is my older brother, no he is not (thankfully), we aren?t even related.
On the plane up Jamie Russo was spotted bopping away to a number of 70?s disco hits playing on the in-flight radio. He was happy bopping around to the Village People, Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge and others. While Matty Dawson looked like he had his 12 year old brothers shirt on after the game it was that tight. While poor old Dessy had a trip to Townsville he would rather forget he hurt his back just about as soon as we arrived at the Motel and was bed ridden for the entire trip and even missed the game.
As I told you last month the players had a low mo competition going and the winner was Phil Shilvock. Vocky looked like he was Hulk Hogan with his long thick moustache and was very popular with his teammates when he put his cash prize on the bar.
When the team played at Burleigh we thought we had a celebrity in our dressing room after the game we saw a guy come in the sheds with a white ten gallon Cowboy hat on and we thought it was JR Ewing from the TV show Dallas but it turned out to be Bob Jones, we think Bobby has been has been hanging around Forrester too long.
The players are dreading looking in the Redcliffe Herald each Wednesday it has been decided who ever is in the main action photo on the back page or where the match report is has to shout a carton of beer for the boys after training one night.
Matty Gruszka has picked up a couple a nicknames one being ?The Polish Express? and the other is ?The Count? after the Sesame Street favourite. You see Matty likes to yell out the tackle count One, Twooo, Threeee etc during training from his spot on the wing.
Another good result for the Club was the Gold Coast consortium decision not to use the Dolphin logo. Well done too all the people who signed petitions and backed the club help keep our history and traditions.
A week is a longtime in footy after copping a hiding against Norths in round one at Bashup Park the Dolphins struck back with vengeance against traditional enemies Easts with a clean sweep of all grades.
WOO Hoo; finally we are back into some footy action. We have had a trial game against reigning premiers the Burleigh Bears and came away winners. Although it wasn?t their strongest side there were plenty of positives to come out of the day for the Dolphins.
IT?S February and the trial games start in a couple of weeks so the players are keen to get amongst it after an off-season of hard work.
I know I can?t wait to see some footy and see some of the new recruits in action for the first time.
My off-season hasn?t been idle either under the watchful eye of the ?Minister for War? (The Misses)I have been slaving away getting my lawn and gardens up to scratch. After many back breaking hours working in the hot summer sun I?ll definitely be looking for an excuse to get away from the garden. She is a slave driver I tell you, it?s Peter do this Peter do that so blow that whistle ref and hurry up please?
AS another Christmas and New Year have gone and if you?re like me you?ve eaten and drank too much and also already have broken your News Years resolution, mine was not to eat or drink too much, well let me tell you I blew that one out of the water.
It seems not everybody is aware of the white boot jinx first started by Graham Langlands in the 1975 Grand Final when he got a needle to play in the biggest game of the year and it didn?t work and left him a passenger on one leg. We?ve also had our share of misfortune with players in white boots at the Dolphins when Chris ?Choppy? Close was sent off in last competition game of 1981 and suspended he missed out on our semi final campaign and as you people old enough to remember will know we lost the grand final in the last twenty seconds when Mick Reardon dived over for a try.
Fast forward to 2004. The former darling of the Dolphin Oval faithful Wayne ?Krusty? Miller trotted out in an over 35?s soccer game one Friday night in a pair of flash new white boots after a short sprint down the grand stand side in front of the crowd before play started Wayne thought he was warmed up enough but just two minutes into the game the curse struck and Krusty tore his hammy and took no further part in the match he was last seen limping away to the dressing rooms with an ice pack strapped to his leg muttering something about white boots. Mind you this was after his workmates at club had warned him all day about the curse you should?ve listened Wayne.
With so many new faces around Dolphin Oval for next season the inevitable crowning of nicknames has begun and leading the way is A Grade coach Iggy Graham the self appointed christener of the nicknames. In 1987 when I first come to the Club as a colt we had Dave Brown playing for us and he was called ?Burger? then a couple of years back came his eldest son Mark who got christened ?Junior Burger? and this year along comes number two son Jordan and of course he?s been tagged ?Mini Burger?.
Youngster Abe Barrett walked to into training only to hear the A Grade coach start calling him ?Lincoln? as in Abraham Lincoln.It seems even some of the older players are getting new nicknames when Adam Starr turned up to training with new recruit Shannon Fish who boards with Adam and his wife Lou, Starry copped the nickname ?Chips? as in here comes Fish and Chips. Daniel Green who seems to have put on a few kilos in the off-season has scored the nickname ?JB? for jelly belly, new Colt Kim Phoenix has scored ?River? as his nickname after actor River Phoenix, Duane O?Grady has got ?DOG? as his after his initials, Shane Perry is Merlin because he works for Wizard and it goes on and on.
It?ll be no rest for the boys as they start back at training on January 3 and I am sure Gilly will give them some tough sessions before we lead into our first trial against reigning premiers Burleigh at Pizzey Park in February. And it?s no easy start to the Queensland Cup in March we draw Norths away, Easts home and Burleigh away to kick start the year.
Should be tough start but I think we get away with the three games. One thing we do need at home games is bigger crowds so grab a mate and head on down for a game. It?s the best value for money ticket in town.
Just like a ticket to a Dolphins a game if you want value for money and the best deal on a new or used car on the Peninsula pop out to Rothwell and see the Keystar team.
Until next month
WELL it?s November and as us couch potatoes are sitting back having a few cold beers watching the cricket on the TV the boys are back on the training paddock under new head coach Anthony Griffin and his staff. And while his staff are new to the club for 2005 they are certainly no strangers to the Dolphin Oval faithful. A Grade coach will be Ian ?Iggy? Graham captain of our 1994 premiership side and there has been no prouder man to run out with a dolphin chest. Coaching the Colts will be Waverley Stanley, when he played he gave nothing less than 200% and I can just hear it now the Colts defending on their own line and out will come the red dog call. Last but not least is strength and conditioning Coach Tony Guilfoyle. Gilly played for the club as a junior and a senior. He played first grade in the late 80?s under ?Shovels? Olling and played with club until the early 90?s before heading over to Brothers for a few years.
Over the years we?ve had a few guys play international footy everyone knows our Australian reps but we also have a proud history of players representing other nations such as Tommy O?Reilly (Papua New Guinea), Duncan Naawi (Papua New Guinea) and Bertie Campbell (Russia) and joining these guys in the last month has been Chris Bond who played for PNG against the Kangaroos in Townsville and Pete Delaivuna who played for Fiji against Malta at Parramatta Stadium. And coach of the Fijians for that match and the next few years leading up to and including the World Cup is David Simpson so well done guys.
In October the second most important awards in the Club behind the Robbo?s were awarded and congratulations to Adam Starr for winning the Peter Leis Medal from a fast finishing Cowboy Lindsay. One of the more popular award winners was Clubman of the Year Garry ?Foo? Worden one of our long time trainers. The Silver Fox has been involved with the Club for a very long time when he started with juniors in 1981 before moving to the seniors in 1987. And I think he hit the nail on the head when he said in his acceptance speech ?I?d hate to be the first team that has to travel across the Houghton Highway and play us next year?.
There will be of a host of new players in the Red and White next year but like the staff some will be familiar to the Dolphin supporters Nick Emmert who played colts here in 1999 before heading down to Parramatta and Nathan Herbener who spent 3 or 4 seasons here before returning home to Roma. But on a sadder not we will be without Andrew Wynyard who has decided to retire due to a back injury, while I like to have a bit of fun in this column at Andrew?s expense he will be sorely missed when fit and in form there is no better back rower in the Queensland Cup than Wynny.
Well that?s me done and dusted for another month and remember if you are looking the best deal on a new or used car pop out Keystar and see the friendly team. Because we have the keys to your new car.
Until next month
PEOPLE often say to me Robbo what do footy players do in the off season. Well this year it looks they get married since my last column these members of the Dolphin family have tied the knot Grant Flugge, Russell Lahiff, Trent Leis as well as trainer Garry Worden and former players Mark Shipway and Barry Denduck. So guys from me and all the millions and millions of the Robbo Reckons column fans, congratulations and all the best for the future.
It certainly has been an interesting month back at training under the sadistic slave driver I mean strength and conditioning Coach Tony Guilfoyle. I rocked up and thought I?m pretty fit for an ex player turned car salesman but I didn?t even make it onto the field I knocked up just watching them go through their paces and I quickly realised I had nothing. The sessions have quickly sorted out the men from the boys.
And it has been the two old war horses Troy Lindsay and Adam Starr leading the way again in most of the runs. It is interesting you can never get out of Starry and Cow their real ages or who is older. Both say they are 27 which by my reckoning would mean Starry played first grade for Redcliffe at the age of 15 and both played for Steve Bleakley?s colts outfit in 1992 at the age 15 which I doubt for some reason.
Another familiar (old) face who rocked up at training during the month was former Dolphin hooker Danny Russell but gone are his is long flowing blonde locks and they are replaced by a bald melon. It?s a long way from Fabio to Kojak as a former team-mate (whose name rhymes with Ziggy) of ours said. Also spotted popping their heads in at training to say G?day has been the Dolphins Cowboys contingent Shane Tronc, Gavin Cooper and Charlie Vis. Sammy Obst also had a run around with the boys but don?t get to excited he won?t be back in a Dolphin jersey just yet. Sammy was keeping his fitness up before jetting back to the UK where he will be playing in the English Superleague competition for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Walking into the club a couple of Sundays back was like walking into a time tunnel for you older Dolphin fans. Standing around the bar having a beer together was Ian Thinee, Tony Obst, Peter Leis, Bevan Bleakley, Forrester Grayson, Brian Winney, Bob Jones, Des Webb, Arthur Watkins, Phil Massey, Trevor Day and Vic Tighe, I had to look at a calendar to make sure it was 2004 and not 1974. Somethings never change Bevan was even asking guys did they want to arm wrestle. Even fitting in with time period was the entertainment with John McSweeney singing up on stage. And he even got ?Charlie? and ?Thino? up on stage to belt out a version of the Redcliffe club song. And if you know Trevor and Ian they both have a high opinion of their singing a view not shared by some of their former team-mates in attendance on the day.
With Christmas coming up there would be nothing better for a Christmas present than a new car I reckon. So if you are in the market for a new car pop out and see the Keystar team for the best deal on the Peninsula.
Until next month,
PS Merry Christamas
HOW does that Bob Dylan song go ?For the times they are a changing? the mighty Dolphins in 2005 will welcome back to the fold Anthony ?Hook? Griffin who takes over from Neil Wharton as coach of the Queensland Cup side. Wharto walks away from the job with the distinction of being the longest serving first grade coach in the club?s history and the most successful. I am sure whatever he does in the future he will be successful at, and that may just be in commentary if you managed to listen to the ABC radio broadcast of preliminary and grand finals. Also going is Bertie Campbell whose side ran into a white hot Easts side in the preliminary final, fell one game short of going to the show. Bertie coached the way he played full of emotion and pride and he?ll be missed around the place. I have heard through one of my very reliable sources that Bertie will be lead singer in an Australian Crawl tribute band after his efforts in the pig pen on silly Sunday. Both these guys gave enormous service to the club so if you see them around say well done boys. Crusher Cleal moves from the coaching role to become Development Manager following the departure of Neil Bishop who has decided to become a truckie so all the best Bisho 10-4 big buddy. The club will also have a new strength and conditioning coach with David Simpson also not being re-appointed. With Simmo at the helm no team ran over the top of us physically and we always finished the year full of running, he is another who will be missed around the place.
As I promised last month I am set to announce the prestigious awards in the game today ?The Robbo?s?.
Player of the Year: Cowboy Troy Lindsay although Brian Jellick and Adam Starr were right up his clacker.
Best New Face: He wasn?t new face to the Club but a new face to first grade Nick Walker Texas Ranger.
Best Young Gun: Gavin Cooper if Coops sticks on the straight and narrow I feel we?ll be hearing a lot of him in years to come.
Most Outstanding Prospects: In the forwards Tino Kurene and the backs Maddison Murphy watch for these two next year to push for Qld Cup spots.
Now for the important awards
Boomtown Rat Award: For the player most likely not to train Tuesday nights Cody Norton.
The Dodgem Car Award: Chris Jelich
I?m too Sexy for Shirt Award: Pick your own first name but the last name will be Jones.
Crazy Hair Award: Henry Coutts for his Fro.
The TV Tony Award: The player most likely to give away a penalty Peter Delaivuna
The Alpha First Aid Award: The player most likely to get injured Andrew Wynyard.
The Hinchey Award: For the player least likely to pass inside the opposition 25metres. Ben Jones
Try of the Year: Russell McDonald, he got the ball from the kick off burst through the first line, chipped kick and regathered over the cover defender stepped the fullback put a goose step on the winger and sprinted away from the opposition centre. Well that?s how he tells it anyway.
WELL for the first time since 1993 the Redcliffe first grade side isn?t in the semi finals and I?d be lying if I said it didn?t hurt but we?ll bounce back make no bones about that. The first grade and colts may be out of contention but Bertie Campbell?s A graders are still in there flying the flag, so all you supporters get along and cheer the boys home.
Injuries haven?t been kind to us but we won?t use that for an excuse we just were not good enough when it mattered. Losing Daniel Green and Andrew Wynyard was a negative but on the positive side we saw the emergence of the Texas Ranger Nick Walker who more than held his own in top company. An interesting comment was heard from the doctor that Wynny was carrying a few too many kilos around the mid rift so it looks like I?ll have to get on to Wally and get him to cut down Wynny?s muffin intake at smoko.
Words cannot describe the admiration I have for Troy Lindsay. Seeing him cart it in to the Burleigh pack time after time made we wish I could put a jersey on just to help him out. Cowboy is the first to training and last to leave and leaves no stone unturned in his preparation if he has an injury he gives himself every chance to play. And his form well I think the old bloke is playing as well as he ever has. I just wish he was 21 not 31.
When we were up in Rockhampton CEO James Hinchey and myself to catch up for chardonnay with our old mate Ross O?Reilly who popped into our hotel for chat to catch up on old times.
A funny story happened at the Club the other Friday Daley White was working in the garden when a patron come to reception and said there was a strange looking fella hanging about in the garden after three police cars and a motor bike turned up it was worked out that it was actually Daley who was the sus looking bloke.
As most of us oldies would remember Bob Geldoff?s band the Boomtown Rats who had a big hit with the song I don?t like Mondays well the Dolphins (And I think cruelly) have a group of players nicknamed the Boomtown Rats because they never train the first session of week. I?m sure it?s just coincidence that these guys are hurt or sick every Tuesday night of the season.
Quite a few of the Queensland Cup side have played their last game for the club with Ben Jones, Charles Vis and Gavin Cooper heading to the NRL while Brian Jellick and Matty Anderton head off to the land of red wine and crossoints for the next part of their careers, we wish the boys all the best and if something doesn?t work they?ll always have a home with the Red and White.
I have also heard a strong rumour that a future superstar of the game has been signed to long term deal with the Dolphins. He has signed a 16year deal lucrative contract with the Fins, 5 month old Angus Hinchey and strong as an ox already has a strong passing game which he must?ve learned from his mum because we all know he wouldn?t have got it from his dad.
Next month I will have the annual Robbo Reckons awards for the year and let me tell you there is no more prestigious award in the game than the Robbo.
I?ll have to love you and leave you I?m sure as you all know it?s Mad Monday.
Until next month
WHAT a difference a month makes in football just 5 weeks ago plenty people around town were saying we?re gone and even more where happy to see it. But there was never any panic in the Redcliffe camp. The touch ups we got from the Comets and Easts seems a lifetime ago. It hasn?t been easy either with the Tweed game a very physical game and with five players backing up from the Residents game it was a very satisfying win. And comments out of the Tweed camp saying they ?smacked? us in the forwards didn?t sit well with our big men.
So they were pretty fired up for the clash with Toowoomba also remembering the Clydesdales forwards taunts that we were soft in the middle from the last clash it was always going to be a bruising encounter. But there is nothing new in that I?m sure many of you will remember some of the clashes from years gone by. A good sign for the Dolphins in the win against Toowoomba was that Danny Burke finished a match against them without getting sent off.
A good sign for the Fins is the good form of the A graders who?ve stepped up to top grade over the last few weeks Joe Burley, Tex Walker, Chris Bond, Joe Burley, Charlie Vis and Quin Smith have all played well and would be regular first graders at just about any club in the comp.
It?s good to see Gavin Cooper back on the paddock after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with glandular fever. Coops is just one of several Dolphins who look like stepping up into NRL clubs. It wouldn?t surprise me to see Danny Green, Ben Jones, and Shane Perry all get offers to go NRL organisations next year.
There have been a number of milestones reached in the last month Damien Richters and Danny Burke both joined the 100 game club and Richto also become the all-time leading point scorer in Queensland Cup history. And again we were well represented in the Queensland Residents side with Trent Leis, Justin McKay, Danny Green, Ben Jones, Adam Starr and Troy Lindsay all in the side and it quite easily could have been more with Shane Perry being selected in both the City and Queensland sides but withdrawing for personal reasons and Brian Jellick and Damien Richters both withdrawing from the City side that took on Country.
It?s been an interesting month for the Jones clan losing things, Benny Jones in Barcaldine with the City side he had half the town, the local Police force, the neighbouring towns police force, the Army reserve and the boy scouts out looking for his lost mobile phone then only to find it hidden in his shoe right where he left it. And to top things off the very next week in the Queensland Residents camp Ben left his wallet on the team bus and lost all his cash. Brother Daniel had his car stolen whilst not to be out done father Bob lost his car keys and blamed everyone bar himself only to find them later on in the garden.
With the season almost over there aren?t too many chances left to see the boys in action at Dolphin Oval so let?s all get down to the ground and cheer the boys home a big vocal crowd can lift the side so let?s get down and bring the boys home.
For the best deal on a new car pop out to Rothwell and see one of our friendly team.
Until next month