New faces, focus on speed for Dolphins in 2022

New faces, focus on speed for Dolphins in 2022

The countdown is on for the start of the Hostplus Cup season for Redcliffe Dolphins who officially launch their season on Friday ahead of round one on March 19.

Head Coach Scott Murray says preseason has gone quickly and the majority of the squad is fit and ready to go.

“We’ve tried to make it full of energy and a bit different to what they’ve done previously – fun and enjoyable as possible, if you can do that,” Murray says.

“Sometimes it can drag on for the players. The majority of the squad are fit and ready to go.”

Murray is still locking in some key positions and had hoped two trial games would make those decisions easier, with Warriors players to consider, young rising stars and experienced players to choose from.

But the Dolphins haven’t yet had a run on the paddock, with their first trial game against Norths on February 26 cancelled due to heavy rain and last weekend’s trial against Souths Logan also washed out.

The side will get just one trial game – against the Falcons at Bribie Island RLFC on March 12 at 5.30pm – before they meet the Falcons again in round on at Moreton Daily Stadium on March 19.

When asked how the side was looking, Murray says footy is changing, speeding up, which is something they have been working on in the preseason to improve reaction times and play at a faster pace.

“The squad has done really well with that. There’s been a competition element to what we’ve been doing,” Murray says.

“They’ve responded really well in regards to skill and physical level. We’re keen to put it into practise and see where we’re at.”

A few new faces …

Murray says there are some new faces to watch this season including Dunamis Lui, a former Bronco and Canberra prop who made his State of Origin debut in 2020.

Dunamis brings, experience, leadership and toughness to the Dolphins’ engine room and has already been mentoring young forwards in the squad.

Also joining him at the Dolphins are hookers Kyle Patterson (Cronulla Sharks) and Liam Hampson who has come from Tweed.

Add to that a few guys who are also training with the Warriors, and Murray says they have a strong squad for 2022.

There’s Adam Cook at five-eighth, Jayden Corrigan at outside back and Jackson Frei who has played some NRL for the Warriors.

“They’re part of our squad and will come back to us over the course of the next couple of weeks,” Murray says.

He says having the Warriors based in Redcliffe is working well.

“It’s made it so much easier. They’re in and around the community, they’re part of Redcliffe,” he says.

“They don’t have to travel and are on our doorstep. That’s going to be an enormous benefit for them and for us to in and around what they do.”

He says that has changed a bit in recent weeks, due to COVID-19 restrictions, but he has already benefited from the contact they had earlier in the preseason.

“They’re a great bunch of people,” he says.

What to expect from round 1

Murray is expecting a tough game against the Sunshine Coast Falcons in round 1, with the same local rivalry fans have grown to enjoy.

“They’ve picked up some quality players. Anything we do, we’ll build on that. Hopefully, it’s going to be a winning start (to the season),” he says.

“It will take some time to get some combinations going, but I’m confident we can start well.”

The club’s season launch is on March 11, where the side’s captain for 2022 will be announced.

So, who’s the club to beat this season (other than the Dolphins)?

“Norths had a good year last year. They’ve lost a few players but recruited well,” Murray says.

“Wynnum has also recruited really well as have Easts who also have that affiliation with Melbourne Storm, which the Falcons do as well.”

He says it makes for a competitive competition.

See the bios for the 2022 Redcliffe Dolphins Hostplus Cup squad below.

Toby Elliott, 21

Position: Half/hooker

Height: 180cm

Weight: 83kg

Favourite workout tune: Jamboree

Favourite post-game meal: Macca's

Worst training drill: 1 on 1 full contact

Sporting hero: Shaun Johnson

Background: Toby is a smart half-back that reads the game well. He has gained plenty of experience and respect while training with the top squad this preseason.

Pio Nakubuwai, 24

Position: Back row/centre

Height: 187cm

Weight: 100kg

Favourite workout tune: Body in Motion - Dj Khaled (feat. Bryson Tiller, Roddy Rich, Lil Baby)

Favourite post-game meal: Hungry Jack’s

Worst training drill: Malcoms

Sporting hero: Jarrad Subloo

Background: Limited again in 2021 by injury and surgery, Pio is yet to play a fixture in a Dolphins jersey. He is a big Fijian centre usually but don’t be surprised to see him in the second row at some stage. He is strong, fast and has good skills.

Jarrett Boland, 24

Position: Second row, prop

Height: 195cm

Weight: 111kg

Favourite workout tune: Can’t stop - Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Favourite post-game meal: Zinger box with extra wings

Worst training drill: Malcoms

Sporting hero: Boyd Cordner

Background: A tall back rower who can play prop also. A great teammate and clubman. Jarrett will be a regular in the team week-to-week. Enjoys helping the Dolphins juniors in his spare time.

Jack Aiken, 21

Position: Centre

Height: 184cm

Weight: 93kg

Favourite workout tune: Run this town - Jay-Z & Rhianna

Favourite post-game meal: Stuffed crust pizza

Worst training drill: Malcoms

Sporting hero: Dan Carter

Background: Hailing from the Sunshine Coast, Jack is a well-built centre who has been one of the best in the under 21s competition for the past couple of seasons. He will handle the step up the Cup.

Shane Pumipi, 31

Position: Hooker

Height: 175cm

Weight: 95kg

Favourite workout tune: Old-school hip hop/reggae

Favourite post-game meal: Pork bones, watercress, fried bread

Worst training drill: 1.2 time trial

Sporting hero: My dad and Jonah Lomu

Background: A Grand Finalist in 2016 with the Dolphins, played NRL with the Dragons. Second season back at the club out of semi-retirement and is one of the smartest footballers running around in the HPC.

Liam Hampson, 23

Position: Hooker

Height: 178cm

Weight: 85kg

Favourite workout tune: When it Rains it Pours - 50 cent

Favourite post game meal: Chicken Parmy

Worst training drill: Assault bike

Sporting hero: Joe Burrow

Background: From the Tweed Seagulls, Hampo caused the Dolphins a few headaches on a couple of occasions last year. The livewire hooker will keep teams guessing around the ruck.

Lachlan Timm, 25

Position: Front row or lock

Height: 187cm

Weight: 111kg

Favourite workout tune: Everlong - Foo fighters

Favourite post game meal: Pizza

Worst training drill: Malcoms

Sporting hero: Shane Webcke

Background: A former Dolphins Colts player. Lachlan plays front row or lock. He is a very honest player that gives his all every match. Coming off the back of a strong 2021 campaign, he will again be one of the regulars in the Dolphins pack. Works as an early childhood teacher.

Tahj Wood, 21

Position: fullback/halves

Height: 182cm

Weight: 92kg

Favourite workout tune: Gecko - Oliver Heldens, Becky hill

Favourite post-game meal: KFC zinger box

Worst training drill: Malcoms

Sporting hero: Jonathan Thurston

Background: A versatile player that is at home at fullback, in the halves or anywhere in the back line. His career has been hampered by injury until now. In his first year in the seniors, Tahj will be a handy inclusion to a strong squad.

Dunamis Lui, 32

Position: Front row, second row

Height: 180cm

Weight: 110kg

Favourite workout tune: Just Got Started Lovin’ You - James Otto

Favourite post game meal: McDonald’s or KFC

Worst training drill: Wrestling

Sporting hero: Kobe Bryant

Background: The former Bronco and Canberra prop made his State of Origin debut in 2020. Dunamis brings, experience, leadership and toughness to the Dolphins engine room. He has fitted in with the squad extremely well and is in very good shape after the preseason workload.

Justin Worley, 23

Position: Centre/second row

Height: 190cm

Weight: 98kg

Favourite workout tune: Bones -Wax Mustang

Favourite post game meal: GYG Calli burrito

Worst training drill: MAS

Sporting hero: Steven Thompson

Background: In great shape after a strong preseason in his second year on the peninsula. A powerful runner with an aggressive streak.

Sheldon Pitama, 26

Position: Lock/hooker

Height: 174cm

Weight: 93kg

Favourite workout tune: Perfect Two

Favourite post-game meal: Guzman y Gomez and a maxi bond

Worst training drill: Any fitness further than 70m

Sporting hero: My old man

Background: A robust hooker who can play lock. Sheldon defends very well and is a clever ball player. A former Kiwi representative in the juniors he will again provide some starch around the ruck.

Kyle Paterson, 22

Position: Hooker

Height: 178cm

Weight: 88kg

Favourite workout tune: Anything the boys play

Favourite post-game meal: Macca’s or KFC

Worst training drill: Nothing

Sporting hero: Tom Brady

Background: Another hooker in the squad who will provide strong competition for spots. Old-fashioned type of rake who clocks up 50 tackles a game.

Benjamin King, 26

Position: Front row, lock, second row

Height: 189cm

Weight: 104kg

Favourite workout tune: A Tale of 2 Citiez - j. Cole

Favourite post-game meal: Mum’s cooking

Worst training drill: Malcoms

Sporting hero: Tom Brady

Background: A Dolphins Junior, Kingy has played some HPC and performed admirably. The club is expecting big things from him this year as he continues to develop. He works as a high voltage electrician during the day.

Josh Beehag, 27

Position: Wing/anywhere

Height: 175cm

Weight: 95kg

Favourite workout tune: none

Favourite post-game meal: GYG

Worst training drill: 1.2km test

Sporting hero: none

Background: Local Redcliffe Dolphins junior. He was a winger in the 2018 premiership team and is tough as nails. While working and playing for the Dolphins, Josh put himself through university and is now an engineer. A Dolphin through and through!

Jackson Frei, 24

Position: Front row/lock/Back row

Height: 194cm

Weight: 105kg

Favourite workout tune: No Vaseline - Ice Cube

Favourite post-game meal: KFC

Worst training drill: Malcoms

Sporting hero: Michael Jordon

Background: Jacko is in the Warriors system through a train and trial with the NRL club this year. He made his NRL debut at Moreton Daily Stadium last year and performed like a seasoned veteran. Still only young for a front rower, he will develop further in 2022. He has a high work rate, a pro when it comes to preparation and very popular among his teammates.

Nathan Watts, 25

Position: Front Row

Height: 187cm

Weight: 108kg

Favourite workout tune: none

Favourite post-game meal: KFC

Worst training drill: 1.2km test

Sporting hero: Petero Civoniceva

Background: Another local Dolphins junior. A try scorer in the victorious 2018 team who beat the Tigers at Suncorp. Despite some minor injury setbacks in this preseason, Wattsy is still looking very fit and strong. He is a certain starter in the Dolphin pack again this year.

Setu Tu, 23

Position: Wing/fullback

Height: 189cm

Weight: 95kg

Favourite workout tune: Never Would Have Made It - TYJ

Favourite post-game meal: Eggs and toast

Worst training drill: none

Sporting hero: RTS / Israel Folau

Background: This is his second season at the Dolphins from the Warrior’s system. A big winger with very good footwork, Setu was restricted by injury in 2021 but showed enough to suggest bigger things are ahead for the likable player.

Cameron Cullen 28

Position: Halfback

Height: 172cm

Weight: 83kg

Favourite workout tune: Lose Yourself - Eminem

Favourite post-game meal: KFC

Worst training drill: Parly’s warm-up

Sporting hero: Jonathon Thurston, Alfie Langer

Background: Former NRL player with the Gold Coast and Manly, premiership winning captain with the Dolphins in 2018. A wonderful leader that has a great running and passing game. Owns and operates Image Realty on the peninsula.

Tyson Cleal, 27

Position: Front row

Height: 186cm

Weight: 105kg

Favourite workout tune: When the Rain Tumbles Down in July

Favourite post-game meal: Pizza

Worst training drill: 1.2km time trial

Sporting hero: Joe Frazier

Background: A Dolphins Junior also, a try scorer in the 2016 ISC Grand Final. Tyson plays front row or lock and is an aggressive defender. At his best, he is a crowd favourite. He works at Moreton Daily Stadium as a groundsman.

Ed Burns, 23

Position: Wing/centre

Height: 189cm

Weight: 98kg

Favourite workout tune: Jimmy Recard - Drapht

Favourite post-game meal: Pizza

Worst training drill: Wrestle conditioning

Background: Ed arrives on the peninsula from bayside rivals the Wynnum Manly Seagulls. He is a strong running centre/winger who is very experienced at Cup level. Ed is not your usual rugby league player having completed his degree in medicine and working at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Mali LePou, 22

Position: Second Row

Height: 182cm

Weight: 94kg

Favourite workout tune: Need It (nba young boy)

Favourite post-game meal: Steak with mushroom sauce

Worst training drill: Shuttles

Sporting hero: Dallas Johnson

Background: A gifted back rower who came through the Dolphins’ under 21s in 2021. Mali made his first-grade debut in the Round 15 match in Rockhampton against the Capras. He showed more than enough to suggest there are big things ahead for him.

Trai Fuller, 25

Position: Fullback

Height: 170cm


Favourite workout tune: none

Favourite post-game meal: KFC

Worst training drill: 1.2km time trial

Sporting hero: Matty Bowen

Background: Already a crowd favourite with Dolphins fans, Trai completed an NRL preseason with the Warriors and is in career-best shape. Two tries in the 2018 Grand Final and a man of the match performance means Trai can deliver when it counts. Very fast and tough.

Adam Cook, 22

Position: Halves/fullback

Height: 184cm

Weight: 93kg

Favourite workout tune: Scared Money - YG

Favourite post game meal: KFC

Worst training drill: Comandos

Sporting hero: Benji Marshall

Background: A new face in 2022, Adam is a strongly built halfback. Originally from North Queensland he spent time in the Canberra Raiders’ system before signing a trial and train with the Warriors.

Patrick Gallen, 23

Position: Five-eighth/fullback/hooker

Height: 180cm

Weight: 88kg

Favourite workout tune: September - Earth Wind and Fire

Favourite post game meal: KFC- Zinger stacker Combo

Worst training drill: Rehab with Walshy

Sporting hero: Jonathan Thurston

Background: Also from North Queensland, Patrick is in his second year at the club after a stint at the Northern Pride. A very sharp player around the ruck who is at home at hooker, fullback or in the halves. Did some really good things in 2021 after limited opportunities in the top grade. Will have a big year.

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