Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
3 days ago
Howdy all I hope you all had a good month, can you smell it in air and I don?t mean the smell when the wind is blowing from the wrong direction I?m talking about semi final football. With the Colts and First grade flying the flag for the Dolphins I?m sure we?ll be right in the mix to win both those competitions. But in saying that the good teams go to another level at this time of the year and we have to go with them. My only advice is, boys rip in and do the hard work in the games and more importantly at training and the rewards will come. It may take you 80 minutes like it did us against Easts in the 97 Grand Final, just stick at it. I must congratulate a few guys first of all Cowboy Troy Lindsay who is now on top of the tree as the player who has played the most first grade games for Redcliffe after passing Peter Leis in Townsville against the Young Guns. Against Tweed Heads Danny Burke notched up his 150th first grade game for the Club in just 7 seasons, which is about 22 games a year which is astonishing when you consider how he plays the game. Full on collisions nothing is half hearted with Burkey. I never got the chance to play alongside Danny but I would have loved to. And last but not least, to Pikelet Head Adam Starr well done mate. If the boys don?t get a home semi Starry has played his last game on Dolphin Oval. You won?t find a more passionate Dolphin than Starry and he?ll be a big loss for the Club when he retires at the end of the year. I am lucky enough to have seen Starry?s first and last first grade game at Dolphin Oval. I can remember in his first game people in the crowd comparing him to Ian Roberts for his footy skills not for other reasons.
Now for a lighter look at the month that has just gone It seems our A Grade Coach Grant ?Crusher? Cleal a card carrying member of the front rowers union fancies himself as a cook. A whisper I got is that Crusher baked a cake and entered it in a contest at the Redcliffe Show. I?m not sure how he went but one member of the Dolphins was surprised the cake even made it to the show he thought Crusher would?ve eaten it on the way in the car. You see Crusher is well known around the Club as the Minister for Pastry Products and anything made in a Bakery. It had to happen it?s been a few months since Shannon Fish graced this column but he is back with these little pearlers. In the sheds after the boys good win over Tweed in the ABC TELEVISED game the boys were talking about some of the other results that had come through when Fish popped up and said who was the TV game, Gerard Parle who was next to Fishy said we were mate, we were. Shannon was at the Physio just about to get a massage when he asked the physio, do you want me to lie on my back face down. Now that would be a good party trick. Speaking of Gerard Parle I ventured down to training the other night and I couldn?t believe what I saw, some of the boys had skins on with shorts over the top but not Parley he had tights or something on that looked like came straight from Olivia Newton John?s let?s get physical video clip and to make matters worse he didn?t wear any shorts over the top, it wasn?t a pretty sight.
Until Next Month Cheers Robbo Go the Dolphins