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
ISN?T it good to finally get a few wins back on the board after four losses in a row? I thought I was going to have to hand out the words to the club song again it?s been that long since we?ve heard it. All three grades against Souths Logan at home was a good way to get the momentum rolling (hopefully).
Next assignment Easts at Langlands Park in the lower grades and the Young Guns in Cairns for the top graders. Let?s just say the lower grades didn?t go the way we planned. Both coaches were bitterly disappointed with their chargers efforts. From all reports they went there with big talk but when it came time they couldn?t walk the walk and surrended without much of a fight which is not like us at all and not how their coaches played.
As you know the old saying what goes on tour stays on tour but here are a few stories from up in Cairns. My spies tell me it was great game to watch it had everything good tries, punishing defence and a few stinks. Some people love to see flashy backs scoring long distance tries but I don?t mind seeing two blokes going one on one in a slugfest, usually nobody gets to hurt and as long as there is no cheap shots. I wish I was up there to see to see Jaiman Lowe and Danny Burke go at it. I?ve been asked by Grant Flugge not to let it be known he was toweled up in a fight by the little North Queensland half back Nathan Fein so I won?t.
As many of you know the Redcliffe Leagues Club purchased the Kangaroos Leagues Club in Cairns and they had a bit of a shin dig up there Friday Night. And as usual our Red and White supporters made the trip but it seems the Cairns weather didn?t agree with some of them or was it the wine by all reports there was a few sore heads the next day. Another funny incident happened everybody was at the ground and in the sheds getting ready for the game when a player said where?s Yatesy (Peter Yates) I need a rub, nobody found him it turns out Peter laid down for a sleep and slept past the bus departure time but he made to the ground in time for warm up time. I don?t know what Pete was more upset at, the fact nobody noticed him missing on the bus or that he had he pay the cab fare to the ground. From time to time when the travels the players are asked for autographs but I believe a first happened in Cairns when CEO James Hinchey was spotted signing autographs, it must have been from the national TV coverage he?s been getting lately or maybe because of his crooked nose they thought he was a player as was so kindly pointed out to everyone on A Current Affair.
I am dirty I didn?t go on this on trip it meant somebody had to do my normal job of checking the local drinking establishments for good spots for the team to go to on the Saturday night after the game. From what I hear it was a very extensive search they done.
All in all one weekend doesn?t make a season so the lower grades can still bounce back and the top grade know they still have plenty of work to do to be a force in the competition. Let?s hope next home game July 4 vs Brothers-Valleys we get a big home crowd. Wynnum and Burleigh are now both ahead of us for crowds who get behind their sides and in tight spots both those sides lifted against us and got home by two points, so don?t think it doesn?t make a difference.
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ANOTHER month has passed us by and well let?s just say we aren?t going as well as this time last month with disappointing losses at home to the Comets and Tigers. But there has been some positives the good form of Joel Barnes and the first grade debuts of Nathan Black, Liam Georgetown and Mark Brown I?m sure all the boys will be better off for the run. Also well done to Kramer (Damien Richters) on breaking the Queensland Cup point scoring record held by John Wishire.
It?s also good to see Daniel Jones string a few games together the marsh mellow man as he was so unkindly tagged by his team mates is starting to get back to playing the footy we know he can.
With the rep season approaching us we can expect a few guys to be named in the sides although I suspect a few of our Queensland Cup players have played themselves out these sides in the last month. Congratulations to Gavin Cooper and Charlie Vis they are both in the Queensland under 19 side that is playing the curtain raiser to Origin One. So go out and kick some dirty, rotten, stinking cockroach butt boys.
I have told you in previous months how I like to get on the net and travel through cyberspace. And I told you about a dolphins website I found http://redcliffe.leagueunlimited.com they had a competition to name the best Dolphins side since the inception of the Broncos in 1988. I bet Neil Wharton wouldn?t mind this side running out on the paddock for him especially the number 7. The side they come up with was Adam Mogg, Trent Leis, Ricky McGrady, Steve Cherry, Bevan Canning, Trevor Benson, PETER ROBINSON, Grant Cleal, Waverley Stanley, Troy Lindsay, Ian Graham, James Hinchey, Craig Spark Interchange Russell Lahiff, Shawn Rubesaame, Luke Scott and Tom O?Reilly. Now I?m feeling sick just thinking about getting bashed in the first 20 minutes by Cow, Crusher, Iggy then when they get tired on comes Rusty, Ruby and Cranky I reckon a few opposition forwards would develop side steps in a hurry.
I have been calling on the fans to get to home games for the last few months and well after the last two efforts dished up I don?t blame you for not turning up and walking away in big numbers during the game but please stick solid grab a mate and bring them along, have a few coldies get in the pen and get behind the boys we will turn it around and there?s nothing better than a parochial home crowd behind you to do that. At every ground we go to we cop it from the other teams supporters let?s make Dolphin Oval a graveyard for visiting sides again.
ANOTHER month has quickly passed and the boys are sitting on top of the Queensland Cup table. And with the three wins last weekend we also move back to the top of the club championship. It?s something that the Redcliffe Club unashamedly puts a lot of work into winning. We are very proud of the fact that we have won nine out of the last ten years and I hope we can bring it home again.
As I write this we are preparing for a very tough match against Toowoomba in Toowoomba. Last week Tweed Heads came to play and had us a bit off our game but the boys stuck to their guns and came with the two points. I was pretty confident we could bring it home.
Toowoomba vs Redcliffe always seems to have that little bit extra in them, often very physical encounters. It will be a huge test for the Dolphins but one I think we can pass and bring it home. There is talk of us going through the season undefeated which is very premature and hasn?t originated out our camp. Personally I can?t see it happening, it would be great if it did but I just can?t see it. What?s that old saying ?With each win you are one game closer to a loss?.
I mentioned last month about Juilo?s and nerds, yes I did pinch it from the Aussie cricket side. We are trying to work out who to make captain of the Julio?s it?s a toss up between Shane Perry, David Simpson and Grant Flugge the skipper will selected by who uses the most product in his hair. I think Simmo might bring it home.
A new Rugby League commentating star is born I?ve hundreds no thousands of letters, emails and phone calls about my interview on TV with Warren Boland after half time on ABC last weekend. Most from my mates bagging me but I tell you there was still a lot of fan mail, trust me I?m car salesman would I lie to you. I?m heading to the top watch out Fatty and Sterlo I?m gunning for you. Many of the calls said it was one of the most entertaining chats they?ve heard with Warren that they have ever heard. Most of the bagging I seemed to cop came from my good mate Iggy Graham who was on me like seagull to a hot chip about me saying ?we?ll bring it home? all the time, I think Iggy could be a bit mistaken I don?t say it that that often just check this column.
With the rep season approaching and already the club feeling the effects of a big injury toll the boys need you at our games cheering them on. As I?ve said many times before Dolphin Oval is one of the best grounds in Queensland to play at with vocal home crowd behind you it really does lift you and drive you to want to win.
Remember is little saying ?Redcliffe Our City the Dolphins Our Team?
Well all good things come to an end and no I don?t mean this column I mean my holidays after 4 weeks of eating, drinking, drinking, eating, drinking and more drinking whoops that should be mowing the lawn, doing the gardening and sharpening the mower blades. I?m trying to turn my garden shed into one of those like on the Carlton Midstrength adds on TV, gees I hope the misses isn?t reading this. I?m heading back to work so if you are looking for the best deal on the Peninsula for a new or used car pop out to Keystar and see one of the team. And tell them Robbo sent you.
WELL another month has passed by and we are into the season proper now. In what promises to be the best Queensland Cup season yet, plenty of people are keen to write off the boys in red and white. But so far so good as the boys are two from two.
And what about the form of young Gavin Cooper he starred in the trials against Ipswich and Toowoomba and then again in his first grade debut against Wynnum when he picked up the players player award. I reckon Danny Burke and Ben Jones will be looking over their shoulders.
It has been a mixed a start for the lower grades with the Colts one and one and the reggies none from two. The reggies had the game for the taking against Wynnum but just couldn?t finish it off. I know coach Bertie was pretty disappointed after the Wynnum game after they put in a good showing against Norths. Crusher seems to have a very talented group of youngsters once again. As soon as they get used to the rigors of senior footy they will be very hard to beat.
There are a few characters developing in the club early in the season this year we seem to splitting into the Julio?s and the nerds. The Julio?s are the pretty boys and are pretty easy to spot they are the ones putting gel in their hair after games and getting dressed up to the nines while the nerds they don?t bother with combs and are more at home in a pair of thongs and t-shirts.
It was just awesome sitting back looking at the size of the crowd at the Roosters vs Broncos game. I?d say there were 11,000 at the game easily but we were bought back to earth pretty quickly with the next home game against Wynnum when a very poor crowd turned up. It seems people expect us to be successful and aren?t bothering to turn up like they used to. I can remember back to 1994 when we hadn?t won a premiership in a long time against the Crushers. There must?ve been 3 to 4,000 there that day and with 12 men we got up for unlikely victory. And I still remember Morgo up on the hill urging the crowd to get behind the boys and they did and I can say it was the crowd that got us home that day. It was just magic the pig pen was in full voice and I?d like to see it get back to that. So if you go to footy grab a mate who hasn?t been in a while and take them along you won?t get better value for money at footy game.
Being a man of the world like I am I keep up to date with a lot of things on the internet and no before you ask I don?t know any of those x rated sites. But I stumbled across a good site on the Redcliffe Dolphins the address is http://redcliffe.leagueunlimited.com there is plenty of information on the site, so next time your out there in cyber space go to the site and add it to your favourites. The webmasters show the highest standard of taste by including this column on the site and I?m told it will even get better. They even have a competition to name the best Dolphin side since the inception of the Broncos in 1988. So if you enter the comp and when it comes to halfback I?m sure you?ll all do the right thing and pick me won?t you.
Well I?ll let you go now and remember if you want the best deal on a new or used car on the Peninsula pop out and see the Keystar team and you won?t be disappointed.
Until next month
WELL the ref has blown his whistle and we?ve had our trial games. Against Brothers Valleys coach Wharton decided to play a young side leaving out twelve regular first graders and we went down to the two blues. Then a week later the boys travelled to Ipswich to take on the Jets in three grades in very hot conditions with first grade getting away with 24-14 victory.
By the time you read this the big NRL trial game at Dolphin Oval would have been played hopefully in fine weather and with a full house. And hopefully we would?ve rolled Toowoomba and Wests in the lead up games,
I must say the boys are looking fit, the sadistic David Simpson is putting the guys through some torrid fitness sessions even the fossils, whoops I mean veterans Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr and Brian Jellick are running around like 19 year olds again.
Footballers are known to have strange sense of humours and just look at their nicknames for proof. Some people have simple nicknames like me while others are more creative. One of the more interesting ones is Marijan Harris ?The Croatian sensation?. One of the new colts Blake Harwood has picked up the nicknames of Hollywood or JJ (Junior Jones). It seems young Blake loves nothing more than taking his shirt off and asking if his hair is ok when a young lady walks past. Then there is Penalty Pete Delaivuna who got that nickname after giving away a few penalties during last season. Daniel Jones has picked up a new nickname as well it?s something about one week in four weeks out. While his brother Ben has picked up Joe Dirt as a nickname after turning up to training with new mullet hair cut not that there is anything wrong with them I even sported one for a while.
The premiership proper starts in a few weeks with our first game against neighbours Norths in the ABC match of the day on Saturday the 13th. There is nothing better as player than playing in front of big crowds that are vocal and passionate. Wynnum seems to be the top of the tree with crowd support and I think we can we do better so why don?t you do yourself a favour get along to a game at Dolphin and cheer the boys along, I know they would appreciate it and it?s a good cheap day out. Some people say the local comp isn?t any good since the Broncos came in but I beg to differ it?s a very strong competition and you?ll see good footy every week. From the old days the names may have changed but the game is still the same. So get along and cheer tomorrow?s stars today.
And don?t forget if you want the best deal on the Peninsula for a new or used car pop in and see the Keystar team.