Student Rugby League U-19 National Cup Final

UNDERDOGS Hopwood Hall College triumphed 18-14 over favourites St Helens College, who were unbeaten going into the final and had defeated Hopwood earlier in the season 17-10.But St Helens made them sweat when all looked lost, trailing 18-6 with seven minutes remaining, as they scored two tries in the closing minutes and were pushing for a match winner. Hopwood held on in a pulsating finale in which man of the match David Chrimes scored a brace and substitute Jack Burns scooted over for the decisive score on 73 minutes.Chrimes just edged out his stand off Jordan Turner who was a superb link for his forwards and backs with his passing and kicking game and made the two opening tries for his side.For St Helens it appeared to be a case of stage fright and they have now lost their second major final in the last twelve months. They found difficulty in completing sets of six, lost possession in good field position and on three occasions also failed to find touch when awarded. Although they gave there all it was only in the last five minutes of each half they came to life and posted points on the board.Hopwood opened the scoring on three minutes on their first set of six when on the last tackle Turner put a bouncing grubber into the in goal and Chrimes was first to the ball to touch down, with Turner adding the extras. On Hopwood?s next attack Chrimes made another barnstorming run but was stopped by a shell shocked St Helens. They slowly got back into the game and levelled the game up five minutes from the break following a Hopwood drop out, when winger Andrew Bethell scooted in from the play the ball in the corner. Ryan Rogers converted a magnificent touchline kick, but on the stroke of half time missed a relatively easy penalty which would have given them an 8-6 lead.The second half was a carbon copy of the first and Hopwood went 12-6 ahead on 43 minutes. Turner put a high bomb up on the last tackle, St Helens let the ball bounce and Hopwood regained possession and Chrimes in support scored his second try.Turner missed a penalty attempt seven minutes later and on 70 minutes his last tackle drop goal attempt was disallowed.On their next set Hopwood scored then continued to turn the screw, not giving St Helens any space. On 73 minutes they scored a third converted try as Burns drove through defenders close to the line from the play the ball.With five minutes remaining St Helens counter-attacked and kept the ball alive and winger Ian Lenton went in at the corner, but skipper and loose forward Craig Wilson missed the conversion. This breathed new life into the side and with a minute remaining Wilson went over the whitewash and hit the upright with the conversion to make it 18-14.St Helens stormed up field looking for the match winner but the referee's whistle brought to an end a dramatic final which was a credit to the student game.A name to remember for the future Jordan Turner who appears to have all the elements a stand off should have.HOPWOOD HALL COLLEGE 18 defeated ST HELENS COLLEGE 14Hopwood Hall College : 1. Fletcher, 2. M. Howley, 3. Chrimes, 4. Dewhirst, 5. Foy, 6. Turner, 7. Clough, 8. Cookson, 9. Whitmore, 10. Hopkins, 11. Duerden, 12. Gray, 13. McGriffin. Subs: 14. Burns, 15. Brandford, 16. Blackmore, 17. Moore, 18 P. HowleySt Helens College : 1. Quinn, 2. Bethell, 3. Smith, 4. Walsh, 5. Lenton, 6. Haggerty, 7. Rogers, 8. Mannion, 9. Forber, 10. Holland, 11. Taylor, 12. Manchester, 13. Wilson. Subs : 14. Gregory, 15. Leyland, 16. Appleton, 17. Harper, 18. Key.

Titans names side for maiden outing

AN historic day for the NRL?s newest club the Gold Coast Titans when coach John Cartwright this afternoon named the side which will play in the Orara Valley Axemen Seven?s competition this weekend.Cartwright said, ?It?s basically an opportunity to get some of our good juniors together and see how they perform against more experienced opposition. It?s great to be representing the Titans for the first time particularly in one of our catchment areas. We hope to develop a great relationship with the Coffs Harbour area in the future.?The team is made up of members of the Titans Elite Academy and Queensland Cup players from Titans Feeder clubs - Burleigh Bears, Ipswich Jets and Tweed Heads Seagulls. Cartwright named former Penrith Panthers back rower Matt Pow as Captain of the Inaugural Sevens side and will be looking to the current Seagulls Queensland Cup player to lead the younger team members from the very first clash, when they take on Malta on Saturday morning. As far as results go, Cartwright is not expecting miracles but is more focused on looking at the individual to see how competitive they are and what sort of attitude is displayed. He said, ?It?s very hard to go into a 7s tournament expecting to win. That?s the appeal of the game, it?s fast, open and gives all sides a chance.Regardless of the result this weekend the enormity of the Titans becoming a reality also holds great significance. ?There is enormous excitement from within the Titans club about this 7s tournament. I think it?s a realization from all the people who have worked so hard on making the club a reality of how close we are to 2007.We have also had a lot of local media coverage which suggests a high level of interest from our supporters?, said CartwrightThe Titans will play Malta, the Australian Maoris and Crescent Head in the first round of competition on Saturday.If you require any further information please call Ian Buchanan on 0407 242156Gold Coast Titans 7?s Team? John Dean- Ipswich Jets ? Chris Sandow ? Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad? Shannon Walker - Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad? Matthew Pow (C) - Tweed Seagulls? Matt Austin-Tweed Seagulls? Dimitri Pelo- Burleigh Bears? Nat Barnes-Tweed Seagulls ? Michael Walker - Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad? Dennis Gordon Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad ? Bo Dene Thompson Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad ? Mitchell Herlihy Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad ? Matthew Lindsey-Tweed Heads Seagulls ? Matthew Francis - Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad ? Ben Thomas - Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad? STAFF? John Cartwright - Coach? Scott Sattler ? Football Manager

Charity Shield Essential for Dragons in 2006

DRAGONS coach Nathan Brown believes the Charity Shield is an essential component of the Dragons preparation for the 2006 season when they take on the Rabbitohs at Telstra Stadium on February 18 in their first match of the year.The Dragons have vivid memories of their start to the 2005 season and their 30-6 loss in the annual clash last year."The Charity Shield is always a tough match and we will definitely be looking to turn the tables on last years result and start the season well," said Brown. "It is great opportunity for us to put into practice what we have been working on in the pre-season in front of a big crowd at Telstra Stadium, replicating the environment we will face in our first NRL Premiership match.Captain Trent Barrett and new re-cruit Sam Isemonger are also looking forward to the clash and recognise the importance of the match. The first match of the year is something we all look forward too and it is a good indicator for where we are at," said Barrett. "We are lucky to always have such a tough match against the Rabbitohs and the atmosphere always adds that something extra"."The Charity Shield is something that I have always watched, it is not your average trial game and it is something that I am very much looking forward to being involved with," added Isemonger.The Charity Shield has always been an exciting and tough encounter for both Clubs and when the concept was established in 1982 the tradition began to support local charities and causes. In 2006 proceeds from the Charity Shield will be committed to the St George and Wollongong Public Hospitals in the Dragons' communities."There are many worthwhile charities in need of help however, along with South Sydney, we felt that it was important to stick with the traditions of the Charity Shield and support causes in our local communities," said Dragons Chief Executive Officer Peter Doust.The Dragons team for the Charity Shield will be announced at the Dragons Media and Charity Shield Launch on Tuesday, February 15.The Dragons second and final pre-season match is against the Roosters at Wollongong on Sunday, February 26.2006 CHARITY SHIELD FACT SHEETCharitiesThe major beneficiaries of the 2006 Charity Shield will be the St George Public Hospital, Wollongong Public Hospital, Sydney Children's Hospital and Humpty Dumpty Foundation.Charity Shield Program: Saturday, February 184pmGates open4.30pmJersey Flegg (under 19): Dragons v Rabbitohs6pmPremier League: Dragons v Rabbitohs7.30pmFOX telecast preview program8pmFOX live broadcast, NRL trial, Dragons v RabbitohsTicket SalesTickets are on sale for an exclusive priority period to Dragons Red V Members and Rabbitohs Members from 9am Thursday, January 19.Tickets are on sale to the general public on Monday, January 23.Tickets can be purchased from any Ticketek outlet, online at or by phone on 132 849.Ticket PricesPremier Reserved Seating - Adult $25; Children/Concession $15; Family (2 adults, 2 children under15) $65.General Admission - unreserved seating - Adult $20; Children/Concession $10; Family (2 adults, 2children under 15) $45.ResultsIn the 22 Charity Shield matches contested since 1982, The Dragons have won 13 times; Rabbitohs 6; draws 3.1982 - St George 9-7 at Redfern Oval.1983 - St George 28-10 at Redfern Oval.1984 - South Sydney 24-6 at Redfern Oval.1985 - St George 10-8 at Redfern Oval.1986 - St George 12-0 at Redfern Oval.1987 - St George 28-14 at Redfern Oval.1988 - South Sydney 30-6 at Redfern Oval.1989 - South Sydney 20-16 at SFS.1990 - Drawn 10-all at SFS.1991 - Drawn 16-all at SFS.1992 - South Sydney 21-20 at SFS.1993 - St George 10-8 at SFS.1994 - St George 14-11 at SFS.1995 - St George 18-10 at SFS.1996 - St George 30-6 at SFS.1997 - St George 26-18 at SFS.1998 - St George 14-4 at SFS.1999 - South Sydney 16-14 at SFS.2002 - Drawn 20-all at Aussie Stadium.2003 - St George 28-10 at Aussie Stadium.2004 - St George 34-8 at Aussie Stadium.2005 - Souths 30-6 at Aussie Stadium.

Pierce appointed CEO at Sharks

GREG Pierce has been appointed chief executive of NRL club Cronulla after serving in a caretaker role following the death of Sharks legend Steve Rogers earlier this month.Pierce has held a number of positions at the Sharks over the past 12 years, including Development and Operations Manager, Welfare Manager, Football Manager and Football Club administrator. In recent times he worked directly under Rogers.Pierce also served as assistant coach of the Kangaroos from 2001-2003, was the NSW Resident's coach in 2002, the City Firsts coach in 2000-2001 and played first grade for the Sharks in 1984 and 1985.

Berrigan's playing future unclear

BRISBANE Broncos hooker Barry Berrigan is anxiously awaiting the results of neck scans that will determine if he can keep playing.The 30-year-old brother of Broncos centre Shaun Berrigan visited a specialist this week to find out why he is still suffering pain after undergoing fusion surgery in late 2004. Berrigan has been suffering pain for the past 10 days.He expects to know his fate next week when he gets the scan results. The Broncos recently recruited former Dragons rake Michael Ennis who will make a suitable replacement if Berrigan is unable to resume his career.

Clash of the Titans

KNIGHTS and Titans will do battle in fourteen dynamic minutes of rugby league action to kick off the 2006 Orara Valley Sevens at Coffs Harbour this weekend, January 28 and 29.With two international fixtures ultimately kicking off the Orara Valley Axemen Big Week of League on January 26, it will be the Malta Knights and the Gold Coast Titans that kick off the two-day Sevens carnival, underwritten by resident local and Hollywood star Russell Crowe.History beckoning, the Titans who will make their entry into the NRL competition in 2007 are fielding a squad jam-packed with players from the Gold Coast?s elite academy as well as QLD Cup talent that includes captain and ex Penrith Panthers back rower Matt Pow leading out the Titans for the first time.Maltese Rugby League will enter the code?s history books for the second time in only three months, as the first up opponents to the newly formed Gold Coast, who are being represented under the ?Titans? banner for the first time. Titans? head coach John Cartwright isn?t denying the excitement leading up to this weekend.?There is enormous excitement from within the Titans club about this Sevens tournament. I think it?s a close realization from all the people who have worked so hard on making this club a reality of how close we are to 2007? said Cartwright.Cartwright isn?t expecting miracles in the Titans? first outing.?It?s very hard to go into a Sevens tournament expecting to win. That?s the appeal of the game, its fast, open and gives all sides a chance?Opening the tournament against the Malta Knights before taking on Crescent Head and the Australian Maoris, Cartwright is using the budding sevens tournament to test his players who are challenging for roles in the club?s approaching NRL return in 2007.?It?s basically an opportunity to get some of our good juniors together and see how they perform against more experienced opposition? Cartwright said.Ten of the fifteen players selected in Malta?s sevens squad were members of a history making rugby league tour to Malta 12 weeks ago, taking on the England Lionhearts, selected from England?s amateur rugby league conference competitions. Malta defeated England 36 to 6.Newcastle Knights premier league utility Daniel Spiteri was consequently sent off in the third minute of the historic encounter after tensions simmered in the international friendly on a muggy 30-degree plus afternoon.Evenly, Ashley Klein, the Engage Super League 2005 referee of the year dismissed Spiteri and his opposite number Lionhearts? Brendan Lewis as well as placing a further member of each team in the sin bin.Spiteri is adamant that his return for Malta at the Orara Valley Sevens will bring a positive bang.?People insist on bringing up the darkest moment in my footy career. It was very disappointing and won?t happen ever again??Is the pope a catholic? There is more fire in me then the sun itself, controlled though, no send offs this time!? Spiteri assures.Spiteri, who has been granted a release from the Newcastle Knights, is motivated to play to his best at the Orara Valley Sevens, granted there will be scouts from several NRL clubs about.?Huge incentive, all you have do to is look of likes of Benny (Sammut) and Clewsy (Brad) and you see what playing at the top level does for you, to be earning a huge salary and doing it by playing footy which is something you love would be great? said Spiteri.Only weeks before the fateful match, Spiteri was the instrumentalist in a last second try that helped Malta to a 24-22 win over Greece in Sydney, dashing sixty metres to bring the pro Maltese crowd into raptures.?The try itself just proved his evasiveness? ?He was positioned on the left wing and scored on the opposite (right hand side) of the field? Malta coach Joe Grima said.South Sydney Rabbitohs have named flying winger Luke MacDougall as captain in a line-up selected from throughout the foundation club?s grades, jersey flegg to first grade.Drawn into the same group as defending champions Lebanon, Fiji A has listed former Tigers NRL star James Langaloa in their 15-man squad.Malta Knights sevens squad:N Attard, S Azzopardi, S Borg, B Clews, P Galea, A Grech, W Grech, P Harris, P Marzella, J Micallef, S Micallef, B Russell, B Sammut (C), J Sammut, D Spiteri.2006 Orara Valley Sevens TournamentSaturday 28th January (Day One)9:00am MALTA vs GOLD COAST Titans10:40am MALTA vs CRESCENT HEAD Roos11:40am MALTA vs WAIRERE AUSTRALIAN Maoris The Maltese Rugby League Association, a voluntarily run organisation whose main source of income is the retailing of their popular merchandise range which includes replica jerseys, polo shirts, t-shirts, caps and dvd?s. During the Orara Valley Sevens, supporters have the opportunity to purchase the Malta Knights jersey at a special price of only $75.Related links:

North Sydney Legends On Show At Coffs Harbour

MATT Seers, Greg Florimo, Josh Stuart and Craig Wilson are some of the North Sydney stars that will be on show at the Orara Valley Sevens held between 27th and 29th of January 2006. Four days of festivities will include demonstration matches by the ?Old Boys? of North Sydney, St George and that mixed bag team ?The Barbarians?, a legends golf day and dinner as well as 2 days of sevens football in the beautiful Orara Valley. And so the North Sydney Bears will battle the St George Old Boys team on the evening of Australia Day at Coffs Coast International Stadium and will play again on Saturday at Coramba Sports Ground against a Coast and Valley Old Boys team. In between the boys will be playing golf and dinning for charity.TEAM LIST:Adam Muir Andrew King Anthony Peredis Brenton Pomery Craig Wilson Greg Florimo Josh Stuart Matt Seers Michael Buettner Peter Phillips Wayne Portlock Willie Leyshon

North Sydney Legends On Show At Coff Harbour

MATT Seers, Greg Florimo, Josh Stuart and Craig Wilson are some of the North Sydney stars that will be on show at the Orara Valley Sevens held between 27th and 29th of January 2006.

Scottwood Trust National Rugby League 7's 2006

WAITANGI Weekend sees the holding of the 3rd Annual Scottwood Trust National Rugby League Sevens Tournament at the North Harbour Stadium, Albany, Auckland.The Tournament will see the 10 Bartercard Cup teams competing against 8 Provincial teams plus a Defence Force team and also the winners of last seasons Mad Butcher Fox Memorial, the Manurewa Marlins.The tournament commences at 9.00am on Saturday the 4 February 2006 and will see 20 teams divided into 5 pools striving to qualify for the Cup, Plate and Bowl Sections. Sunday the 5 February 2006 will commence at 10.00am with the various sections playing a sudden death knock out competition to find the Cup, Plate and Bowl Finalists. In all, the Tournament will see 47 games of fast, open, entertaining Rugby League and it is hoped that some new stars of the future are exposed. To this end the Kiwi Coach and the NZ Warriors have expressed their interest in viewing the abundance of talent on show.The winners of the Cup section will represent the NZRL at the St Mary?s Sevens in Sydney on the weekend of 11 ? 12 February 2006.Ticket Prices:Adults - $10.00 (1 Day Pass)*Special Offer ? National Rugby League Sevens Giveaway*Upon purchasing an Adult 1 Day Pass you will receive a voucher for 30 pre-cooked BBQ sausages. The voucher can be used at any Auckland Mad Butcher store and is valid until 6 March 2006. Child [Under 16] - $5.00 (1 Day Pass) Adult (2 Day Pass) - $15.00 Kids Under 12 - FREE Carparking ? FREE Tickets are available from Mad Butcher stores and at Gate B on the day.SCOTTWOOD TRUST NEW ZEALAND RUGBY LEAGUE NATIONAL SEVENS 2006 DAY 1 SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY 2006Game Time Ground POOL Match SCORE1 9-00AM Stadium A Taranaki v Tamaki 2 9-00AM Oval A Mt Albert v Cant / Prov 3 9-20AM Stadium B Well / Prov v Otago 4 9-20AM Oval B Central v Cant / Bulls 5 9-40AM Stadium C Gisborne v Manurewa 6 9-40AM Oval C Wellington v Counties Man 7 10-00AM Stadium D West Coast v Waicoa Bay 8 10-20AM Stadium D North Harbour v Hawkes Bay 9 10-40AM Stadium E Southland v Defence Force 10 11-00AM Stadium E Northland v Waitakere 11 11-20AM Stadium A Taranaki v Cant / Prov 12 11-40AM Stadium A Tamaki v Mt Albert 13 12-00AM Stadium B Well / Prov v Cant / Bulls 14 12-20PM Stadium B Otago v Central 15 12-40PM Stadium C Gisborne v Counties 16 1-10PM Stadium C Manurewa v Wellington 17 1-30PM Stadium D West Coast v Hawkes Bay 18 1-50PM Stadium D Waicoa Bay v North Harbour 19 2-10PM Stadium E Southland v Waitakere 20 2-30PM Stadium E Defence Force v Northland 21 2-50PM Stadium A Taranaki v Mt Albert 22 3-10PM Stadium A Tamaki v Cant / Prov 23 3-30PM Stadium B Well / Prov v Central 24 3-50PM Stadium B Otago v Cant / Bulls 25 4-10PM Stadium C Gisborne v Wellington 26 4-30PM Stadium C Manurewa v Counties 27 4-50PM Stadium D West Coast v North Harbour 28 5-10PM Stadium D Waicoa Bay v Hawkes Bay 29 5-30PM Stadium E Southland v Northland 30 5-50PM Stadium E Defence Force v Waitakere FINAL DAY QUALIFIERSSCOTTWOOD CUP Pool winners, plus Qualifier 6SCOTTWOOD PLATE Qualifiers 7 to 12 SCOTTWOOD BOWL Qualifiers 13 to 20

Hape inspires Bulls to victory

ENGAGE Super League champions Bradford Bulls warmed up for their World Club Challenge clash in impressive fashion with a comfortable 28-10 victory at new-look Huddersfield. The Bulls, who will return to the Galpharm Stadium for their meeting with the Australian champions on Friday week, were superbly led by new captain Iestyn Harris in their first major pre-season friendly. Even without the rested Paul Deacon, Lesley Vainikolo and new signing Stanley Gene, the champions were too strong for a generally disappointing Giants team, for whom ex-Bradford favourite Robbie Paul made a quiet debut. Former Leeds winger Marcus Bai marked his first appearance for the Bulls with a try but the star performer with a try in each half was New Zealand Test centre Shontayne Hape, who picked up from where he left off in November?s Tri-Nations triumph.Bradford had the game sewn up at half-time when they led 22-0 thanks to tries from Bai, Hape, hooker Ian Henderson and substitute Brett Ferres, with Harris kicking four conversions. Huddersfield, who also had Albert Torrens, Martin Aspinwall, Stephen Wilde, Steve Snitch and Matt Gardner making their first appearances, suffered from a chronic shortage of ideas near the visitors? line. Centre Chris Nero touched down a neat kick from Paul 14 minutes into the second half to enable his side to avoid being whitewashed, but the Bulls increased their lead when the forceful Hape crossed at the corner for his second try and Harris landed a fourth goal. The home side at least had the final say when Torrens, who was the pick of their new signings, followed up a kick from England international Chris Thorman to score his side?s second try and Thorman added the goal.

Weakened Wildcats defeated by Tigers

CASTLEFORD geared up for their return to engage Super League with a satisfying 33-20 triumph over a depleted Wakefield Wildcats team.Australian Luke Dyer, winger Waine Pryce and Michael Shenton all crossed twice for the Tigers, who handed debuts to seven off-season recruits in a spicy pre-season clash.Dyer and Pryce opened their accounts inside eight minutes as Wakefield, who rested all four of their new signings, crumbled under early pressure.Winger Semi Tadulala put the Wildcats on the board before Dyer streaked over to make it 16-4.A try double from Wakefield three-quarter Jason Demetriou in the final two minutes of the first half, allied to two conversions from hooker David March, squared it up at the break.Pryce completed his brace, courtesy of a fine pass from debutant Richard Fa?aoso, only for Wakefield to again hit back as lucky winger Austin Buchanan climbed highest to touch down off Ben Jeffries? pinpoint kick.But Cas finished with a flourish, running in three tries in the final 10 minutes, including a superb double from Shenton.On 70 minutes the teenager evaded a posse of defenders to plunge over the line and four minutes later showed good strength to barge his way past two would-be tacklers.Former Wakefield half-back Paul Handforth landed a drop-goal to make the game safe and Australian winger Damien Blanch put the icing on the cake by twisting his way over the whitewash in the final minute.

Harlequins on a high

HARLEQUINS began their new life on a high note with a resounding 46-6 victory over engage Super League new boys Catalans Dragons in Perpignan.The Londoners, who have traded in their old Broncos tag for the new glitzy Quins look, ran in nine tries to one in a pre-season friendly at Stade Municipal St Esteve watched by a crowd of around 4,000. New signing Mark Gafa was the top scorer with two tries and five conversions while fellow centre Tyrone Smith also bagged a brace of touchdowns.Scrum-half Thomas Leuluai, out for six months with a broken ankle, marked his comeback with the game?s first try and Quins also gave a run-out to Duncan James, one of three youngsters from Harlequins rugby union team. The match marked the culmination of a fortnight?s training camp for Harlequins, who fly back to London on Sunday to continue their preparations for the new campaign. The Catalans, who chose not to play New Zealand scrum-half Stacey Jones, have a second friendly against Hull at the KC Stadium next Sunday as they build up to their opening League match against Wigan at Stade Aime Giral on February 11.

Redcliffe Dolphins Flashback - Steve Cherry

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

Redcliffe Dolphins Flashback - Cam Cherry

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.

Robbo Reckons

G?DAY everyone can you smell it in the air, before you say have you gone nuts Robbo what I am talking about is some footy action it seems like 12 months since there has been a game and I?m chomping at the bit to get down to the pig pen and see some action. I hear the boys will be sporting a new look and it?ll be great. Well when I played I was always up for a challenge and I had one thrown to me by big Rob from the spare parts section here at Keystar, he challenged me to come up with an A to Z of the Dolphins and more importantly we have a carton on the result and as I said I can?t knock back a challenge so here I go.A. Action, there is no better action than a day on the hill at Dolphin Oval.B. Beetson , Big Arthur Rugby League Immortal who began and finished his career with the Dolphins.C. Cherry there has been about 500 of them play for the Dolphins over the years from under 7?s to first grade. D. Dolphin the emblem every one of us who ever played for the club is so proud of and well worth fighting for.E. Eight first grade grand finals we have won 1965, 1994, 1996, 1997 BRL and Qld Cup, 2000, 2002, 2003F. Fullerton-Smith, Wally represented Queensland and Australia from our club.G. Gehrke, Bob our first Australian rep.H. Holloway, Henry. Big H was captain coach of our 1965 premiership winning side.I. Internationals we?ve 8 represent Australia from our club Gehrke, Oliphant, Close, F-Smith, Niebling, Conescu, Ribot and Murray.J. Juniors the future of our club. At present we have over 800 players and are the biggest junior club in Queensland.K. Keystar major sponsors of the junior Dolphins.L. Legends Peter Leis and Troy Lindsay between them they have racked up a massive 508 games in first grade for the Club.M. Murray, Mark represented Qld and Australia from the Dolphins he was also our first grade captain, first grade coach and the Club CEO. N. Nine the amount of first grade grand finals we have lost 1973, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1996 Qld Cup, 1999, 2001 Ouch???O. O?Brien,Clinton our first local junior to play State of Origin.P. Pearce, Bunny Club legend. His point scoring record of 281 points from 1978 still stands today as the most points scored in a season.Q. Queensland Reps we?ve had 66 since we entered the BRL in 1960.R. Robinson, Me of course the best halfback to play for Reddy just ask me. Mmm might get a few arguments over that one but what the heck it?s my column.S. Shellgrit the Club?s first unofficial nickname.T. Tighe and Thinee two club legends that both played over 150 first grade games for the club.U. Ultimate Prize the Queensland Cup lets hope the boys can bring it back to Dolphin Oval in 2006.V. Van de Velde former first grade player and Coach Darryl, a highly intelligent man who knows potential when he sees it, he got me down from Mackay.W. Webb. Big Dessy the heartbeat of the club. Player, Manager, Administrator, President, there isn?t much Des hasn?t done around the place.X. XXXX drop into the pig pen and get a cool treat off the Old Boys while you watch the boys play. Y. Yow Yeh, Kevin Yow Yeh an excitement machine who brought crowds to their feet everytime he touched the ball..Z. Zero the number of times the mighty Dolphins have come last in first grade.Until next monthCheers Robbo

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