DOLPHIN TRIVIA: Name four players who have won a Colts Grand Final for Redcliffe and have played Qld Cup for Easts?
THE Redcliffe Pepsi Dolphins face a very tough task in all 3 grades this Saturday against the Easts Tigers at Langlands Park.
Neil Wharton has gone for the same side that was outstanding in their big win over the Comets last weekend.
1. Justin McKay 2. Phil Shilvock 3. Damien Richters 4. Brian Jellick 5. Trent Leis 6. Shane Perry 7. Michael Roberts 8. Adam Starr 9. Caleb McEniery 10. Troy Lindsay 11. Ben Jones 12. Danny Burke 13. Granrt Flugge Interchange 14. Nick Walker 15. Matt Anderton 16. Nathan Sologinkin 17. Gavin Cooper
1. Chris Bond 2. Lyndon Nagas 3. Joel Barnes 4. Thor Ropati 5. Maddison Murphy 6. Scott Kelly 7. Wayne Bond 8. Travis Falls 9. Nathan Black 10. Mark Brown 11. Sam Fillery 12. Quin Smith 13. Joe Burley Interchange 14.Russell McDonald 15. Shane Anderson 16. Duane O'Grady 17. Richie Forster
1. Mitchell Simpson 2. Daniel Bennett 3. Henry Coutts 4. Todd Parnell 5. Troy Francom 6. Cody Norton 7. Steve Tyler 8. Adam Turnbull 9. Peter Delaivuna 10. Reece Bailey 11. Daley White 12. Jason Frazer 13. Tino Kurene Interchange 14. Val Fa'amoe 15. Bede Tuohy 16. Ashley Reilly 17. Nathan Morris
THE success of the Redcliffe Dolphins over the last few years has been no fluke. Coach Neil Wharton is well known for making the tough the call when he has to. But he?ll be the first person to say he hasn?t done it by himself. He has surrounded himself with not only quality football players but a quality staff as well.
One person who doesn?t get many raps outside the inner sanctum is strength and conditioning Coach David Simpson. You will see him run out each week in trainer?s shirt giving instructions to players but by far his most important work is done behind the scenes on the training paddock and in the gym. Since Simpson took over as strength and conditioning coach in 2002 after guiding the Dolphin Colts to the premiership in 2001 I can?t recall a season when the Dolphins have been run over by opposing teams at the back end of the season.
Simpson who was more than handy as a player himself playing first grade for Redcliffe, Norths and Easts as well as spending time at the Broncos where he was reserve grade captain. He was also in the 1988 Australian Schoolboys side which featured future NRL first graders Brad Fittler, Tim Brasher, David Fairleigh, Brett Horsnell, Jason Martin and Ian Herron among others as well as his good mate Grant Cleal. So successful was the tour for Simpson he was man of the match in the second test.
Simpson will be the first to say he didn?t reach his full potential as a footballer, and now he leaves no stone unturned with any of the Dolphins players whether it?s in the gym, on the paddock or with injury rehabilitation to make sure he can give them the best possible resources available so they can be the best they can be each week. So if that opportunity does come for that player to move onto the next level they will be prepared.
He is also a more than handy coach. In his first year with the clipboard he took Redcliffe Colts a premiership victory against a Melbourne Storm packed Norths side. He also knows the importance of having good people around him so he turned to his good mate from his time in the Australian Schoolboys and Brisbane Broncos sides Grant Cleal as his assistant and former Colts and first grade team mate Tony Marshall as his trainer.
Simmo still has desires to get back into coaching a club side and one day would love nothing more than to be head coach of his beloved Redcliffe Dolphins. His next coaching assignment is that of head coach of the Fijian national side for the lead up and next Rugby League world cup. But first and foremost on his mind is making sure he is doing everything possible to help bring a third successive Queensland Cup to the Dolphin faithful.
I was sitting at my keyboard trying to think of what State of Origin meant to me so that I could write about it and I came up with the following:
THE front and back page of the paper today tells all about Andrew Johns and the will he, won?t he story about his apparent switch to Union. The hourly news updates flash his face across the screen and tell that today is the day he will choose. A Current Affair even had an ?exclusive? interview regarding the pressures that he faces. It?s nothing new; it just highlights the everyday Aussie?s fascination with sport. It?s a fascination that I share as well, however, today that fascination saddens me. Today is a day where articles about sporting prowess and contract negotiations should be the last thing we hear.
THE Sydney Airport Jets form slump continued when they lost out to the Penrith-St.Marys Cougars by 42-10, in the VB Premier League match played at Henson Park last Saturday. Newtown?s lengthy injury toll of front-line players is obviously biting hard, even though the Jets continue to cling precariously to eighth place on the VB Premier League table. Fullback Andrew Le Breton is the latest quality player to join the casualty list, and second rower Tom Gemmell has a delayed appointment with the NSWRL Judiciary this evening.
BRADFORD Bulls coach Brian Noble has been named as Great Britain's new coach.
He takes over from Australian David Waite on a part-time basis but will remain in charge of the reigning Super League and World Club champions.
REMINDER for Saturday, May 8:
VB Premier League
Newtown v North Sydney, Henson Park, 3.00pm
Second Leg of the 2004 Frank Hyde Cup series
The legendary Frank Hyde himself will be in attendance.
Jim Beam Cup
Newtown plays away to Ryde-Eastwood
Saturday, May 8, Leichhardt Oval, 2.30 pm kick-off.
Royston Jaftha, a young man who plays with our fraternal club, the UTS Jets RLFC, suffered an appalling head injury in a recent Student Rugby League match and is fighting for his life in Liverpool Hospital. The UTS Jets are holding a fund-raising Charity Comedy Night for Royston at the Agincourt Hotel, corner of Broadway and Harris Streets this Saturday, 8th May, at 8.00pm. It is $40 per person for a really good cause. Naturally everyone at Newtown sends good wishes to Royston and his family.
Two more Jets are heading west this weekend to assist our other fraternal club the Parkes Spacemen in Group 11 in the Country Rugby League. 120kg front-rower Thomas Motuapuaka and hard-working backrower Dane Scott will turn out with the Spacemen this Sunday against the Manildra Rhinos. This player loan system is working very well for the benefit of both clubs, and we'll keep you posted as to how our boys go.
Paul Shiels, the dynamic President of the Junior Jets JRLFC assures me that all the Junior Jets teams are off to a great start in this year's South Sydney Juniors competitions. The Junior Jets are the fastest growing junior club in Australian Rugby League, and the success of this young club is a terrific credit to all the volunteer officials who have put this amazing organisation together.
See you all at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon!
IN this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble and Jamie Peacock look at Sunday's Round 10 game at Odsal when the Tigers come to face the Bulls still looking for their first victory of the season.
HEAD Coach Paul Cullen has named an 18-man side to face Leeds Rhinos tomorrow night:
WIGAN Head Coach Mike Gregory has named the following side for Friday's
Tetley's Super League game against Widnes Vikings at the JJB Stadium, 8pm
REP season is upon us with the first big game of the season between City and Country to kick things off.
DESPITE a shaky start to the game the Pepsi Dolphins ran out big winners 52-16 against the North Queensland Young Guns.
CRONULLA Sharks five-eighth Greg Bird has been suspended for ten matches following tonight's NRL judiciary verdict.