Dolphins show off new strip

IT WAS a case of a perfect marriage between the old and the new at the Redcliffe Dolphins 2006 season launch .

As Dolphins' Premier grade captain Shane Perry modelled the new-look fire engine red-and-white strip, it drew nostalgic references from club stalwarts to the halcyon days of Redcliffe's premiership winning sides. ``It's a retro look and reminds me of the '80's with more use of the red on the jersey,'' former Dolphin and State of Origin legend Greg ``Turtle'' Conescu said. ``They're one of the premier clubs going around and the new jersey and their relationship with the Broncos will only strengthen them.'' Club president Des Webb harked back to his own playing days with the new playing strip, while former player/coach John Boxsell was also enthusiastic: ``It's good to see a bit more red like the old days.'' A big coup for the Dolphins is having Sydney-based developer the Emerald Group on board as major sponsor for three years. Mr Webb spoke of a future golden era for the partners. ``Eddy Faress and his team have a long-term commitment to the Redcliffe community and our club, and we're delighted to welcome them as our major partner.'' Emerald's executive chairman Eddy Faress, a long-time football fan, was keen to spruik the company's link with the Peninsula. ``It's a big commitment to the area and a another sign we are here for the long-term,'' Mr Faress said. ``Redcliffe is a hot spot and we want to join with the club. ``We intend to contribute to the area and have a very healthy and prosperous relationship with the Recliffe club.'' He said the developer had up to eight years worth of projects to complete on the Peninsula. The developer's contribution was not lost on Redcliffe city council representative, councillor Elaine Dobra. `` I believe it's through these types relationships, like we have with Emerald, and through people like Eddy and Des that our community will continue to prosper and grow,''she said.

This Article is courtesy of the Redcliffe and Bayside Herald.