FIRST off I hope everybody has a good Christmas and new year. And if anyone is struggling with Christmas present ideas just pop out and see the Keystar team a new car would make a great present.The boys are back in training under the guidance of Serjeant Major Tony Guilfoyle who is really giving the boys a hiding, I was almost sick and I was just watching. Terry Webb even joined in the ?fun? taking part in the conditioning session and for all you who know Spider he had the perfect preparation a dart, but he still beat some guys 25 years younger home. He even asked CEO James Hinchey if he wanted to sign him up to play.There are a few new faces at the moment but the back row looks especially strong with the addition of Richie Russell from Port Macquarie and the return of Mark Shipway from the Salford Reds on top the class back rowers we already have it should be a red hot challenge for a top grade spot. If you attended the first training session you could have been excused for thinking you were in a time warp and thinking it was 1981 running beside each other were some famous names at Dolphin Oval Obst, Jones, Webb and Benson but before you think James Hinchey has gone nuts and signed up Tony Obst, Bob Jones, Terry Webb and Trevor Benson it was their sons Sam, Terry, Jack and Tim. And no before you ask Sam Obst isn?t returning to Dolphin Oval (Yet) he is just training with the boys for a few weeks before he heads back to his club in England Wakefield Wildcats.Another new player to Dolphin Oval is former Melbourne Storm half back Marty Turner who joins the Dolphins from the Oldham Roughyeds I hope that is Roughyeds and not Rough Heads. Another player looking good is Matty Gruszka who powered his way through the first few sessions after dropping a few kilos in the break.Once again it was old men Adam Starr and Troy Lindsay who led the way in the runs. Cow who is claiming only to be 30 for the third year in a row is set to become the most capped Dolphin of all time next year he sits on 247 first grade games now and is closing in on Peter Leis record of 261 games. And don?t dare mention the R word (Retirement) to Cow he says he has at least two good years left in him. I tell you he?s a freak.Most of the players returned in pretty good shape but there were a couple who looked they enjoyed their break a little too much which had Tony Guilfoyle salivating at the cruel punishment he could hand out, let me tell you that man is a sadist. But after casting my eye over the squad I reckon the Dolphins will be in for a good year and after last years finish there are a lot of players looking to go one step further.Until Next Month Cheers RobboMerry Christmas
WELL it?s all over for another year and it finished with a heartbreaking last minute loss to Burleigh with a try by of all people the ?Jive Bunny? Trent Leis in the shadows of the fulltime hooter. I was talking to Peter Leis before the game and he was looking for a place to hide he obviously wanted Burleigh and Trent to do well but he still has a special connection with the Dolphins. The finish painfully reminded me of some other heartbreaking losses over the years a couple I was involved with. I will post a warning now the next few lines will revive painful memories.2001 Queensland Cup Grand Final at Dolphin Oval Casey McGuire scores with a minute to go next to the posts to sink the Dolphins. 1996 Queensland Cup Grand Final at Lang Park Kyle Warren came from nowhere to drag ME down a centimetre from the try line even Gerry Collins calling the game on ABC TV thought I would score but my little legs just wouldn?t take me any faster.1981 BRL First Grade Grand Final Chris Phelan for the first and last time in his career passes a ball to an unmarked Mick Reardon who scores in the corner despite attempts by Bunny Pearce and Louta Atoi to get to him in time.It seems we have a challenger for Professor Shannon Fish?s title as the club?s geography master. A month or so back a Fijian junior side was playing at Dolphin Oval and the Queensland Cup side was getting ready for training in the sheds when Redcliffe High school teacher Michael Roberts popped up with this beauty ?Where are this Fijian side from? well Mick I?m no expert but I?d guess they are from Fiji.As summer comes the boys are taking a well earned break getting ready for trainer Sergeant Major Tony Guilfoyles? cruel and unusual punishment he has lined up for pre season training which will probably start late October or early November. This time last year the club made the tough decision to go in a new direction and appointed Anthony Griffin as the Head Coach and he?s done a good job getting the side to within 4 minutes of the grand final. He?ll be the first to admit he didn?t do it alone trainer Tony Guilfoyle, Lower Grade Coaches Ian Graham and Craig Ingebrigtsen done a great job also getting their sides into the semi finals. They are the names most fans would know but there are also a few others who need mentioning Gary O?Brien was Anthony?s assistant with the Qld Cup side, Mick Neiland our co-ordinator also done a great job as well as the all the coloured shirt brigade of trainers Foo, Jeremy, Silent, Eddie, Casa and Danny the club wouldn?t work without you blokes. The back room medical staff of Doc Peter Hackney, Physio?s Steve Falconer and James Handyside and masseuse Lynnete has done an awesome job getting the boys on the park each week. Here are the Robbo?s for this yearQueensland Cup Player of the Year Danny BurkeA Grade Player of the Year Chris FoxColts Player of the Year Mick ParesOne thing is for sure I?ve just put a mocker on these guys so they are no chance of winning awards announced Sept 30 at the presentation.Until next month Cheers Robbo
FROM the penultimate round of fixtures (Do you like that big word I?m pretty impressed with myself) the best the Dolphins can look to is fourth spot and a home semi final against Toowoomba.
But to be more than just passengers in the semi?s we will have to come to play. Against Toowoomba on the TV it just didn?t look like the Redcliffe team we all know and I think the score flattered us a bit. But in saying that we know we didn?t play well and to be in the contest up until the last ten minutes was encouraging.
The lower grades continue to go along in their respective comps with reggies in second and colts in fourth. The colts pulled off what most people would call an upset when they beat Wests/Broncos colts at Purtell Park. Coach Craig Inge Inga, Ingle umm Trigger tipped CEO James Hinchey that it would be a good game and that we?d be in it with a big show. Well they were more than just in it well done boys.
I hope the crowds get along to the Norths game which maybe the last home game for the season depending on other results. There is nothing better than playing in front of a big vocal Dolphin Crowd so grab a few mates and get along and cheer home the boys.
Now another one from Geography Professor Shannon Fish, when talking to Ryan Cullen, Ryan told him how his girlfriend Amy was in Switzerland and Shannon replied she?d better watch out for all those Swedish men. Now Shannon I?m no Rhodes Scholar but even I know Swedish men are in Sweden and Swiss men are in Switzerland.
Adam Starr season appears to over after suffering an eye socket injury against Toowoomba but he could always pick up an extra few bucks being a pirate seeing he is walking around with patch on his eye. And there is no truth to the rumour that his daughter Jade asked him if he was Captain Feathersword from the Wiggles.
Cowboy Troy Lindsay becomes the first player in the ten year history or the Queensalnd Cup to chalk up 200 games what a great achievement for front rower. But props have it easy these days they only play half a game not like us tough as nails half backs who have to play 80 minutes every week. Of course I am only joking and looking at Cow?s stats for the last few games 60, 58, and 55 involvements. I?m sure he?s found a fountain of youth out on the farm. I believe he has signed on again for next year which would make it an amazing sixteen seasons playing senior footy for Redcliffe. But it?s funny when you look at Cows and Starry?s player profiles sheets they?ve handed from the last few years one year they are born 1973 then 1974 then 1975 then 1976.
IT?S been an indifferent month for the Pepsi Dolphins a few weeks off we copped a flogging and handed one out.
Unfortunately we copped the touch up at home but that was only a hiccup we bounced back with a good effort against Souths Logan and I?m sure we will give a good account of ourselves against Wynnum and North Queensland in the upcoming weeks.
I would like to start off giving someone a wrap, I don?t usually do this but I think it?s well deserved with so many of NRL players being in the headlines for the wrong reasons when they do something good it?s not often recognised. Not that this fella wants any recognition for doing it in fact he?d probably rather I not mention it all but I will. Broncos, Queensland and Australian star Petero Civoniceva went back to where it all began on the training fields at Dolphin Oval. What?s so unusual about that you ask well this just happened to be at 9.00 on a Saturday morning after he played a starring role for Broncos in their win over Manly the night before. Petero came down and ran around with the kids training and signed what seemed like a 1000 autographs for half an hour or so and he done this at a time he so easily could?ve been spending it with own family. If you could have seen the smiles on all the kids faces it was gold. Well done Petero you are a great role model and ambassador for the game.
Footy wise the season is coming along nicely but there is a long to go and a lot of hard work still be to done. I have people coming up to me and asking can Reddy make the finals this year. I said in a word yes and I?ll take it a step further I believe we can win the competition. Burleigh are certainly the benchmark at the moment, while the Young Guns, Toowoomba and Norths seasons really are decided on what happens with the Cowboys, Broncos and Storm. And then you have Easts and Wynnum who will be there abouts. But I believe when we are firing we can match and get on top of any of these sides. The boys are working really hard at training and in the gym and I believe the results will come.
Now onto the serious stuff. For years the Club has had a Goose of the Week award perennial past winners were guys like Trent Clayton and the Jones boys, one year we even changed the name to Jones of the Week because it seemed like one of the brothers would win it every week. But now we have a new contender Shannon Fish, he is in the grand final with those other boys mentioned. I mentioned in another column how he thought Romanian girls come from Rome. Well he?s come up with another couple of classics. Shannon was watching Getaway with Lou Starr when they done a story from Perth, Shannon made the comment ?Perth is that anywhere near Western Australia?. Lou asked him what did you say and he replied the same again and Lou just sat their shaking her head. Another time Adam Starr was playing his one his favourite CD?s by the Doors and with Shannon being a fair bit younger than the veteran front rower asked Fish have you heard of the Doors to which Shannon replied yeah yeah they are good and I really like their lead singer Mick Jagger. I can?t print Starry?s reply this being a family column and all. Now Shannon I know Mick Jagger may look like he?s dead but Jim Morrison was the Doors lead singer and has been dead since 1971. I wonder who the lead singer of the Rolling Stones is these days .
After Shane Perry dying his hair it seems the trend is continuing with rugged second rower Danny Burke turning up to training with a red tinge in his hair one week and the next week black. When Burkey was asked by one of the boys why black he replied it?s not black it?s dark wood.
It seems one of the players has got the nickname Snuffy after the Sesame Street character Mr Snuffleupagus I guess he must be a closet Sesame Street watcher.
Another one from the no names files just who is the former Dolphin hardman of the 90?s who can be seen taking his dog for a walk in a cardigan. What is strange about that you may ask well the fact is the dog is one the one wearing a cardigan and the dog is a Chihuahua. I would tell you who it is but I?m scared what he might to do me when he sees me next, he might Crush me or something.
Until next month
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