Almanac Rugby League: Redcliffe-based Dolphins to join the NRL (and the QCup Grand Final)

 


Photo: abc.net.au

 

 

About a month ago, a rumour was doing the rounds that Wayne Bennett had signed to buy a substantial property on the Redcliffe Peninsula. Grist for the mill. And then we came to yesterday…

 

The Redcliffe-based Dolphins consortium has won the day after being licensed to become the NRL’s 17th team – hardly a surprise given both the location and financial resources available to the franchise. The yet-to-be-named team will enter the competition in 2023.

 

To read a report from nrl.com click here.

 

Writing on The Guardian’s online site, Almanac old-timer Nick Tedeschi argued that selecting the Dolphins bid was the most sensible choice among the three bidders.

 

To read Nick Tedeschi’s article from The Guardian, click here.

 

For those of us with a bit of Redcliffe in our backgrounds, it’s a no-brainer given the Dolphins’ strong juniors base, dynamic leagues club, powerful financial foundation and proud history. Well done to Bob Jones and all the bid team at the club on this huge success!

 

To read reports from the local Moreton Daily click here and here.

 

Now the fun starts – the unveiling of an appropriate franchise name (which will include Dolphins); a coach (it’s Bennett’s job for the taking); a competitive squad of players (watch both the market and the rumour mill go bananas!); a promotional drive to establish a broad supporter base (anywhere north of Chermside through the northern corridor to include the Sunshine Coast and on up to Wide Bay at least).

 

I’m hoping for/expecting significant input this weekend from Redcliffe cultural icons and long-term Dolphins supporters William McInnes and Rupert McCall.

 

Go Dolphins!

 

QCup Grand Final

 

Minor premiers the Norths Devils (‘Norfs’ to the old-timers) and the bayside’s Wynnum-Manly Seagulls faced off in the QCup Grand Final on Sunday in front of about 7000 fans at Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe. The crowd was treated to a tussle not unlike the NRL Grand Final – rugged, uncompromising and exciting with the outcome in doubt to the very end.

 

The match unfolded not unlike the NRL game – Norths dominated the first half but led by just four points at the break with the aid of a strong breeze. Waves of attack by both sides confronted dogged defence as the second half became the proverbial arm wrestle before Wynnum-Manly squared the ledger with a try to David Mead. But Norths, the leading side all season, would not be denied and scored a remarkable try by man-of-the-match Michael Molo with five minutes on the clock to get out to a 16-10 lead and then hung on desperately to claim the title.

 

I enjoyed the game because it was good, solid, community-based, local rugby league played with great intensity, in very good spirit and without all the hoo-ha, over-the-top carry-on that passes as ‘the game day experience’ we are forced to endure at the top level. Jack Gibson’s words, ‘Played well, done good’, could easily have been applied to all 34 combatants. Footy was the winner!

 

To read Colleen Edwards’ match report for qrl.com.au click here.

 

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About Ian Hauser

A relaxed, Noosa-based retiree with a (very) modest sporting CV. A Queenslander through and through, especially when it comes to cricket and rugby league. I enjoy travel, good coffee and cake, reading, and have been known to appreciate a glass or three of wine. As well as being one of Footy Almanac's online editors, I moonlight as an editor for hire - check me out at www.writerightediting.com.au

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