Redcliffe Dolphins

Redcliffe Dolphins revealed as ‘preferred candidate’ for 17th NRL team

According to a News Corp report and Triple M’s Ben Dobbin, the Dolphins are the preferred option, beating out the Firehawks and Jets to win the expansion race and will enter the competition in 2023.

It comes after the NRL’s Expansion Assessment Committee met last week to analyse all three bids.

 

Dolphins set to win Bennett with Redcliffe to be unveiled as NRL’s 17th team

The Dolphins who will adopt a new name to replace Redcliffe are set to be unveiled as the NRL’s 17th team to join the competition in 2023.

“It is understood Bennett is close with signing with Redcliffe, who this month will be announced as Brisbane’s second team,” Channel 7 reported.

Bennett was always going home to Queensland after this season with Jason Demetriou taking over as head coach of South Sydney.
Departing Souths coach Wayne Bennett is set to join the Redcliffe Dolphins when they are officially announced as the NRL’s Brisbane expansion team this month.

The shock move that could shake up NRL expansion race and ambush $100m frontrunner

NRL expansion plans are back on the table after temporarily being benched while the governing body focused all its time and energy on keeping the competition alive amid Sydney’s Covid outbreak.

Rugby League Commission chair Peter V’landys confirmed to News Corp earlier this week that formal meetings with the three hopeful teams will be held over the next fortnight.

Those three teams that are vying for a place in the competition are the Brisbane Firehawks, Redcliffe Dolphins and Brisbane Jets.

SP Hunters suffer heavy loss

Within five minutes of the round 12 match, the Dolphins’ Nathan Watts effortlessly registered his team’s first try of the evening, thanks to a lack of communication between Hunters defenders.

A conversion by Bryce Donovan saw the hosts take a 6-point lead.

Thirteen minutes in and the visitors responded through Gairo Kapana, who flew over the right wing to ground the ball. However, an unsuccessful conversion by Nick Hasu left the scores at 4-6.

Nineteen minutes in and Brendon Gotuno was unable to stop a barreling Jeremy Hawkins from pushing his way over the line.

Hunters defeated in home game

High from their round 16 win against the Falcons, the Hunters were looking to win this home game but unfortunately, the third-placed Dolphins proved to be too strong.

Just 3 minutes into the round 17 Intrust Super Cup clash and the Dolphins’ captain, Cameron Cullen, weaved through Hunters defenders at the 40-metre mark and scored the first try of the match.

Another loss away for the Hunters

Despite a good start from the Hunters, it was the home side who got on the board first through a penalty conversion from Kotoni Staggs in the 4th minute.

The Hunters continued to attack and they managed to find the try line in the 9th minute after rookie winger Junior Rau scored off a Watson Boas grubber.

Brother and skipper, Ase Boas kicked a penalty goal to push the Hunters out to 6-2.

But the Dolphins maintained their composure and struck twice in the back end of the first half to give them a 14-6 advantage at the break.

Hunters to challenge for Stan Joyce Cup

The team was finalized yesterday afternoon with coach Michael Marum naming two debutants - Patrick Morea and Junior Bobby in his final 18 that will have the mammoth task of trying to win back the Cup.

Not playing this weekend is Adex Wera and enforcer Adam Korave.

The team left for Brisbane this morning. The round six clash will kick off tomorrow at 6pm at Dolphin Stadium.

Head-to-Head: PNG 6 Redcliffe 2 Drawn 1

The Hunters only win at Redcliffe was in their first Cup match back in 2014.

The final 18:

1. Edene GABBIE

2. Junior RAU

Mogg: We just weren’t good enough

A disappointed Mogg said the team’s execution of the game plan was poor, resulting in the 12-10 loss.

“From the coach’s point of view, it wasn’t really a flash game. As far as standards go, it was a bit off the pace.

“We just weren’t good enough and the Hunters deserved the two points,” said Mogg.

Captain Samuel Anderson shared the same sentiments as his coach, adding the team didn’t match up with the Hunters, who were very physical.

Hunters win Stan Joyce Cup

It was a close game riddled with errors from both sides.

The visitors were first on the board in the 23rd minute after Moses Pangai pounced on the ball to score, after an error made by Stargroth Amean from a Christian Hazard kick. 

The kick from Joshua Beehag right from the sideline was good enough, sailing between the posts to make it 6-0.

In his first game back for the Hunters this season, Wartovo Puara Jr. led the Hunters right back in the game, forcing a lineout to build some pressure on the opposition.

Cullen sparks Burleigh to Intrust Super Cup title

Twice Burleigh opened up a 10-point lead over the Dolphins but a try from late Redcliffe inclusion Darren Nicholls 16 minutes into the second half narrowed the margin to just four points.

The two teams were locked in a tense duel for the next 10 minutes as the Dolphins looked for the go-ahead try but it was Cullen who capped a brilliant individual display with a try in the 70th minute that would ultimately seal their second Intrust Super Cup title.