NRL news 2023, Dolphins vs Roosters debut game, Peter Psaltis column
So on Sunday a new chapter begins in the NRL for the Dolphins.
A new NRL team? Yes. A new club? No way.
The Dolphins have been around since 1947, entering the Brisbane Rugby League in 1960 and they are used to success.
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The Phins’ first premiership came in 1965. That team featured a 19-year-old from Roma in the centres. The great Arthur Beetson was in that Dolphins team that won the decider against Valleys.
The Dolphins honour roll is full of Brisbane rugby league royalty.
Greg Conescu, Mark Murray, big Petero Civoneceva, the electrifying Kevin Yow Yeh, uncle of Jharal.
Cult heroes – Ian ‘Bunny’ Pearce, Brenden ‘Cowboy’ Lindsay.
The foundations have been laid on the peninsula for a long time and for the first time in the history of the game a side will graduate from the Brisbane Rugby League and the Queensland Cup into the NRL.
The three-part Stan Original Documentary Series ‘Dawn of the Dolphins’ premieres weekly from March 6, only on Stan.
So how will this current Dolphins team go?
There’s been a lot of doom and gloom written and spoken about the Dolphins since they were accepted into the competition.
I wrote recently and have said numerous times on 4BC’s Wide World of Sports Radio that this will be a competitive football team.
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It’s so easy to be critical. Most of the focus has been on who they have missed out on signing.
I’ll focus on who they’ve got.
The Panthers didn’t want to lose young Isaiya Katoa. The 19-year-old could be anything. He’ll wear the No.6 jersey on Sunday against the Roosters.
The forward pack, if they stay fit, can match it with just about any other pack in the competition.
I think the Dolphins will win more games than people think. The Wayne Bennett factor can not be ignored.
This team will be in the fight whenever they play.
So good luck to the Dolphins as they enter the NRL for the first time.
Supporters of the team will need to be patient, but one thing is for sure – it will be a wild ride.
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