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ON a very clear day, you could see that rugby league supporters were out in their numbers, wanting to register to play for the Redcliffe Dolphins in 2005.
Existing player numbers have been maintained, and with the crop of new starters, it will be another very busy time around the Dolphin Oval complex.
Wading through the paperwork required to enrol all of our budding league champs is no small task, so on that note the Dolphins wish to thank the dedicated group of people who sharpened their pencils and fought off writer's cramp as they registered somewhere over 600 footballers for this season.
A new major sponsor also has signed on for the Dolphins juniors and we welcomed Keystar Autoworld to the club's first big day of the season.
Our new sponsor came bearing gifts for the occasion and every player signing on was provided with a sample bag of goodies and introductory special promotions for the parents and supporters.
There was a healthy group of Keystar employees in attendance, led by popular Dolphins league identity Peter "Robbo" Robinson, sales manager of the Redcliffe/Rothwell dealership.
The Dolphin juniors look forward to a mutually rewarding association with Keystar Autoworld and their product line-up of Subaru, Hyundai, Kia and Daihatsu will be prominently displayed on our Redcliffe team jerseys.
The Dolphins are also fortunate to have the services of our new sponsor's special liaison Contact in Brian Winney, who will be able to assist all supporters in their inquiries on purchase of new or used motor vehicles on 0402 410844, 3203 7333 or email [email protected]
In this world of ever increasing cooperation of business entities, Redcliffe Leagues Club's long-standing banker, (which bank?), the Commonwealth Bank, has introduced a housing property and refinancing loan scheme.
This is not only a saving for the borrowing customer but will also return a reward bonus to the club and individual teams which refer new business to the Redcliffe and Kippa-Ring branches.
Contacts at these local Commonwealth Bank branches are Danny Hayes 3284 6444 and Nicola Torrisi 3284 1066.
The Commonwealth Bank is openly promoting its desire to be the most user friendly of the banking institutions and the current campaign can only be a benefit for club members and junior supporters in our efforts to maintain lowest costs of participation in junior sport.
Thanks also go to Leading Edge Sports for its presence on Dolphins sign-on day and the manner in which they attended to the many sporting goods needs of the Dolphin juniors.
Peter Clarke, of Leading Edge Sports at Clontarf Beach, has been a renowned supporter of sport on the Peninsula and his connection and commitment to the Redcliffe Rugby League Club is appreciated by our juniors.
Completing the show stall style presentation for our Dolphin junior supporters was the non-stop visiting spot for the players as they queued up to the Redcliffe Old Boys Club sausage sanger sizzle, which was an eat-out after Ron Pascoe and his rustys served up over 800 barbecued sausages.
To borrow from a great football quote, "cooked hard, done good!" (sorry Jack!)
Training has got under way for all sides and the schedule up until the juniors' first trial on the weekend of March 6 is:
Under 7s Saturdays 9am on Junior 1
Under 8s Saturdays 9am on Junior 2
Under 9s Saturdays 10am on Junior 2
Under 10s Saturdays 10am on Junior 1
Under 11s Mondays and Wednesdays 5pm Mod 2
Under 12s Mondays and Wednesdays 5pm Mod 1
Under 13s Mondays and Wednesdays 5pm Talobilla 3
Under 14s Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm Talobilla 3
Under 15s Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm Talobilla 4
Under 16s Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm Talobilla 3
Under 17s Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm Talobilla 4
Under 18s Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm Junior 2
This program of training is necessary for important reasons:
1. Families from all player age groups know 'who' is 'where' and 'when'.
2. Any late sign-ons or those absent on sign-on day can follow the program.
3. This year, Talobilla fields 1 and 2 have undergone major groundworks of levelling and resurfacing and to allow proper regeneration are unavailable for use until mid-March.
4. The timetable can be adjusted once finalisation of teams and grades are completed, expected by the start of competition on March 18-20.
5. Cooperation from all concerned is naturally appreciated.
Coaches appointed to modified games teams are: under 7s, Jamie McDonald, Matt Buxton, Mark Payne and Bruce Castle, (another coach needed); under 8s, David McDonald, Brian Foley, Andrew Cullis, (another coach needed); under 9s, Darren Van Bruggen, Pat Murphy, Greg Gray, Aaron Lambourn; under 10s, Cam Cherry, John Boxsell, John Murrell, Glen Wilson; under 11s, Jason Warr, Mark Stringer, Adrian Beaven, (another coach needed); under 12s, Steve Peoples, Brett Morris, Mark Charlton, (another coach needed).
Any person interested in beginning the role of coach with one of the needed abovementioned teams should contact Grant Cleal on 3203 7333 to arrange further discussion.
Big year coming up - go the Dolphins!
THE Dolphins will start their 2005 Queensland Cup campaign without top-line forwards Daniel Green, Troy Lindsay and Grant Flugge.
Lindsay (one week) and Flugge (two weeks) were hit with suspensions from the final fixture of 2204 while Green is recuperating from an off-season shoulder operation.
But Dolphins coach Anthony Griffin has been buoyed by his side's strong pre-season trial form, beating premiers Burleigh 36-16 on the Gold Coast and then disposing of Souths-Logan 34-22 at Dolphin Oval.
"We won comfortably against Souths and I was pretty happy with their performance," Griffin said.
"We are building up a bit of momentum, although there are still a few areas we need to work on defensively."
Redcliffe led Souths 16-0 early, before the Magpies came back to 16-10, however the home side stormed away to 28-12 before defensive slips balanced the final scoreline.
Griffin said front-rowers Adam Starr and Nick Walker were impressive, along with halves Michael Roberts and Shane Perry and utility forward Shannon Fish.
"Daniel Jones injured his ankle in the Souths trial, which was our most serious injury," he said. "He was taken off and did not come back.
"Daniel Green might be ready at he start of the season but he could have a game or two in the reserves."