WELL the ref has blown his whistle and we?ve had our trial games. Against Brothers Valleys coach Wharton decided to play a young side leaving out twelve regular first graders and we went down to the two blues. Then a week later the boys travelled to Ipswich to take on the Jets in three grades in very hot conditions with first grade getting away with 24-14 victory.
By the time you read this the big NRL trial game at Dolphin Oval would have been played hopefully in fine weather and with a full house. And hopefully we would?ve rolled Toowoomba and Wests in the lead up games,
I must say the boys are looking fit, the sadistic David Simpson is putting the guys through some torrid fitness sessions even the fossils, whoops I mean veterans Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr and Brian Jellick are running around like 19 year olds again.
Footballers are known to have strange sense of humours and just look at their nicknames for proof. Some people have simple nicknames like me while others are more creative. One of the more interesting ones is Marijan Harris ?The Croatian sensation?. One of the new colts Blake Harwood has picked up the nicknames of Hollywood or JJ (Junior Jones). It seems young Blake loves nothing more than taking his shirt off and asking if his hair is ok when a young lady walks past. Then there is Penalty Pete Delaivuna who got that nickname after giving away a few penalties during last season. Daniel Jones has picked up a new nickname as well it?s something about one week in four weeks out. While his brother Ben has picked up Joe Dirt as a nickname after turning up to training with new mullet hair cut not that there is anything wrong with them I even sported one for a while.
The premiership proper starts in a few weeks with our first game against neighbours Norths in the ABC match of the day on Saturday the 13th. There is nothing better as player than playing in front of big crowds that are vocal and passionate. Wynnum seems to be the top of the tree with crowd support and I think we can we do better so why don?t you do yourself a favour get along to a game at Dolphin and cheer the boys along, I know they would appreciate it and it?s a good cheap day out. Some people say the local comp isn?t any good since the Broncos came in but I beg to differ it?s a very strong competition and you?ll see good footy every week. From the old days the names may have changed but the game is still the same. So get along and cheer tomorrow?s stars today.
And don?t forget if you want the best deal on the Peninsula for a new or used car pop in and see the Keystar team.
PHIL Graham's head is still spinning after he rose from the Bundy Cup to the world's best league comp in just a few short months. If the Roosters had their way, Phil Graham would still be running around in the Queensland Cup for the Redcliffe Dolphins again this season. Instead, he finds himself at the Canberra Raiders, pushing for a top grade spot through some impressive trial performances.
MAGPIE stalwart Rick Dodd has made a most impressive start to his season by helping the Canberra Raiders over the line against Cronulla on Saturday.
RE-LIVE the 1978 season with this compilation of articles and results by BRL Historian Mike Higgison.
REDCLIFFE have named their sides for this weekends trials vs Toowoomba and Wests
1 Justin McKay
2 Phil Shilvock
3 Damien Richters
4 Brian Jellick
5 Chris Bond
6 Shane Perry
7 Michael Roberts
8 Troy Lindsay
9 Matt Anderton
10 Adam Starr
11 Gavin Cooper
12 Andrew Wynyard
13 Danny Green
14 Ben Jones
15 Grant Flugge
16 Mark Brown
17 Nathan Black
18 Trent Leis
19 Danny Burke
C Neil Wharton
THE junior Dolphins play their first trials this weekend after the cancellations last week due to the extreme heat. These are the teams that have games.
THE Rugby Football League has confirmed the Challenge Cup Final is to switch to August, with the BBC announcing a new three-year coverage deal. The contract runs from 2005-2007 and follows on from the current deal.
THE annual Varsity match is upon us again. This event is highly competitive and is the highlight of the RL season for the respective Universities. It is also the student games highest profile event. Added to that it is scheduled to be shown live on Sky for the first time, outstripping its Union equivalent that has an obscure afternoon slot on a Tuesday afternoon in December.
MAJOR injuries to some big name NRL stars threaten to cast a shadow over the start of the 2004 season. Test players Jason Ryles (Dragons) and Brent Tate (Broncos) have serious doubts over their immediate playing futures after what can only be described as preventable damage to their injured shoulders. Both players were hurt mid-way through the season and opinion at the time was they risked very little long-term injury even if they played on in discomfort. Only a freakish landing on the joint of the shoulder would risk more damage and low and behold, that occurred. Ryles and Tate have serious nerve damage in their shoulders as a result, and while the players made the decision to continue competing, they also put their careers on the line. Now the game may be robbed of two fantastic careers because of the ?professionalism tag? our athletes now perform under. No player likes to be seen as soft, but there must also be genuine consideration given to the long-term health of individuals over the importance of few games of rugby league.
BRISBANE Broncos centre Brent Tate faces the very real possibility his career may be over after failing to overcome a shoulder injury. Tate had been playing through the pain barrier but scans revealed he suffered nerve damage and the damage has not healed as expected. Tate has been carrying the injury for several seasons but was tackled awkwardly last year, ending his season.
FONE Zone Canberra Raiders coach Matthew Elliott has named his side to take on the Storm at Wagga Wagga this Saturday night.
A number of surprise omissions marked the announcement of Cronulla's twenty five man squad yesterday as coach Stuart Raper opted for a youth rather than experience. Jason Kent, Pat Gibson and Andrew Emilio - who have all spent considerably periods of time in first grade - were the most notable names missing from the list.
DRAGONS centre Mark Gasnier [pic left] and halfback Brett Firman will play their first games in over six months this weekend when St George Illawarra take on the Bulldogs in their NRL country trial at the Gold Coast Stadium, Carrara, this weekend.
THE McIntyre finals system is here to stay after it was given approval by the NRL board today.
BULLDOGS winger Matt Utai has pleaded guilty to a grade three reckless high tackle on Raiders winger Steve Franciscus in Coffs Harbour last Saturday night.