The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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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.
Congratulations to Shane Perry, Ryan Cullen and Jamie Russo on their selection in the Queensland Residents side that plays New South Wales at Lang Park in the curtain raiser to Origin 3. Unfortunately for us all three won?t be available for the important club game against Wynnum at Kougari Oval, but I?m sure whoever Anthony Griffin brings up will do a good job for the side.
All going well Michael Roberts will bring up his 150th first grade game against Tweed Heads at Dolphin Oval later on this month. It only seems like yesterday that Michael or should I call him Captain Charisma (after the story in the Redcliffe Herald) made his first grade debut against the Gold Coast playing five eighth. Mick has been a great servant for club playing in four Queensland Cup grand finals, twice being named Queensland Cup player of the year and representing Brisbane and Queensland from the club. One of my favourite memories of Mick is one not many people outside the team know. It was grand final day 2002 and Mick was crook so crook the doctor didn?t want him to play in the grand final and actually ruled him out the brains trust got together and had a meeting and were going to grab Dane Campbell who was playing in the reserve grade grand final at the time when Mick come in and said no I want to play I won?t let you down. That was all we needed hear history will show Mick played and played well and we went on to win the grand final. Reminds me of another tough halfback we used to have. I just have one question Mick when you retire and your photo goes up on the glass in the Club with the other legends do you want a photo with or without hair.
Another good servant for the Dolphins Grant Flugge bought up his 100th first grade game when we played Souths Logan at Davies Park. Coincidently the same ground he made his debut at way back in 1999.Flugge is one of those guys who never gets the wraps he deserves but is a player everybody loves playing with. He plays well above his weight and isn?t afraid to mix it up with the big men if you can remember his punch up with State of Origin prop John Buttegieg in a game against the Young Guns you?ll know what I mean. I?m not sure if it should make them feel old or me feel young knowing that I played with both Grant and Micky. I?ll claim it makes me feel young.
A quick word for anybody chopping down trees in their backyard if you need help don?t ask Adam Starr you see Starry was chopping down a few trees in his back yard and all was well until he come to the last one, the biggest one. He thought I can get this down in one go and thought he?d done a good job when all of a sudden he heard a bang the tree had fallen and crashed through Starry?s above ground pool.
A funny thing happened at Dolphin Oval when we played Toowoomba North Queensland Cowboy Travis Norton came to the game to watch his younger brother Cody play against Wests in the reserve grade game. Travis came with his uncle Peter Leis. Well that?s where the confusion starts Travis and Trent Leis look very much a like so much so at least twenty people went up to him said how are you going Trent. Even Bob Jones gave Travis a bit of a whack in the arm thinking it was Trent. At the time Travis was recovering from an operation on the same arm Bob whacked him on. And Dawn Hill from our supporters club didn?t even know it was Travis and not Trent that?s how much they look a like. If Travis said I?m not Trent once he done it hundred times well maybe not a hundred but quite a few.
Get along to Dolphin Oval in big numbers and cheer on the Mighty Fins Cheers Robbo