‘We’ll be back!’
Resurgent Redcliffe vow to return to the finals even stronger next season BY JOEL GOULD
THE REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS ARE BACK WHERE they belong.
They may have lost the grand final, but after three years of failing to make the semis the five-time premiership winners are back as a powerhouse of the Queensland Cup.
Seven of their top 25 players were unavailable for the grand final but coach Adam Mogg was in awe of his charges’ guts and determination, epitomised by captain and prop Sam Anderson.
“Sam’s had a nerve problem in his shoulder for 10 weeks but he’s managed it and been outstanding for us,” Mogg says.
“I got here on November 1 and I said to ‘Crusher’ [CEO Grant Cleal], ‘I’m not going to rush into [filling] my captaincy role’.
“But I absolutely got the right person.
“He leads by example, the boys respect him, his work-rate is outstanding and he puts the team first.
“We had a great season and I’m really proud of our squad.
“We finished first in defence and first in attack, but we just weren’t good enough today.
“No disrespect to anybody, but this [grand finals] is where we belong and where the club deserves to be year on year.
“It’s our responsibility to make sure we stay there and I know we’ll be stronger next year.”
The club has seen its players thrive, with Tom Opacic and Jonus Pearson both turning out in the NRL for the Broncos this season, while talented half Darren Nicholls is off to the Panthers.