Redcliffe Dolphins

The Redcliffe Dolphins are a rugby league team based in the city of Redcliffe in Queensland, Australia. The Redcliffe Dolphins were founded in 1947, accepted into the Brisbane Rugby League premiership in 1960, and since 1996 have played in the Queensland Cup. The Dolphins are one of the greatest survivors of rugby league in Australia, having being the most thriving Brisbane Rugby League team until the admission of NRL team, Brisbane Broncos which caused the decline of the BRL.[1] The Redcliffe Dolphins have won the most Queensland Cup titles out of any other teams with 6 premierships and is considered one of the most successful rugby league clubs in Queensland.

Redcliffe Dolphins
Redcliffe 2006.jpg
Club information
Full nameRedcliffe District Rugby League Football Club Inc.
Nickname(s)Redcliffe Dolphins
Colours  Red
Founded27 February 1947; 74 years ago (27 February 1947)
Current details
CEOGrant Cleal
CoachAdam Mogg
CompetitionIntrust Super Cup, Brisbane Rugby League
20185th (regular season), Premiers.
Rugby football current event.png Current season
Premierships8 (1965, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2018)
Runners-up11 (1973, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2012, 2016)
Most capped270 - Troy Lindsay 314 games
Highest points scorer1211 - Liam Georgetown


Redcliffe District Rugby League Football Club Inc. (known as Shellgrit) was founded on 27 February 1947, and in its first year entered Under 17, Reserve Grade and First Grade teams into the Sandgate Suburban Rugby League competition. Through the 1950s Redcliffe also played in the Kilcoy, Murrumba and Geraghty Cup competitions. On 19 November 1959 Redcliffe received full district club status and was accepted into the Brisbane First Grade competition.[2]

Throughout the 1960s, a number of famous players came through the ranks of the Dolphins to represent Queensland and Australia, including Trevor Harken and Arthur Beetson. Redcliffe won the Brisbane Rugby League Premiership for the first time in 1965.

In 1972 Redcliffe were coached by former Kangaroo Ken Day. Redcliffe's halfback Greg Oliphant was selected to go on the 1978 Kangaroo tour but did not play in any Test matches.

Australian national coach Frank Stanton coached Redcliffe in 1980.

The Redcliffe club won further premierships in 1994 and 1996 and has appeared in seven Queensland Cup grand finals, making it the most successful team in that competition.

The logo of the Redcliffe Dolphins from the early 2000s (decade) to 2005

In the 2000s a new National Rugby League team to be based on the Gold Coast was going to call itself the Gold Coast Dolphins. This was decided against after the Redcliffe Dolphins threatened legal action. The team was ultimately decided to be named the Gold Coast Titans. The Dolphins won the 2006 Queensland Cup, beating Toowoomba in the grand final at Suncorp Stadium under the coaching of Anthony Griffin.[3][4]

Redcliffe Dolphins tackled by Easts at Langlands Park in 2011.

NRL BidEdit

The Redcliffe Dolphins have revealed that they have ambitious plans to join the NRL. The Dolphins have rich historical success, financial stability and with a new stadium, the club believes it is ready to enter the NRL.[5]"With our facilities to support a team I would have thought there was no-one that has got anything compares to what we already have," Redcliffe Dolphins Chairman, Bob Jones said.[6]

On 21 September 2020, Redcliffe made a massive $100 Million bid to join the NRL, potentially making them the richest rugby league club in Australia.[7] The Dolphins added to that the following day by launching a website and social media accounts for an official NRL bid.

The website states that a Dolphins NRL team would not be called Redcliffe, and that the traditional red and white colours of the Redcliffe team will be maintained with an additional colour. Both the name and colours are to be selected at a later date, with input from the local community.[8]

2019 squadEdit

Redcliffe Dolphins
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

  • Adam Mogg

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Home groundEdit

Redcliffe's current home ground is Dolphin Oval, Kippa-Ring, which was first opened in 1979. After multiple upgrades of the stadium, in mid-2018 the eastern stand of the stadium was officially opened.[9] In 2016, the Des Webb Stand was completed and later the following year, the construction of the Eastern side of the stadium was announced.[10]


  • 1996: Runners-up
  • 1997: Premiers
  • 1998: Preliminary finalists
  • 1999: Runners-up
  • 2000: Premiers
  • 2001: Runners-up
  • 2002: Premiers
  • 2003: Premiers
  • 2004: 6th
  • 2005: Preliminary finalists
  • 2006: Premiers
  • 2007: Runners-up
  • 2008: Semi Finalists
  • 2009: 11th
  • 2010: 8th
  • 2011: Preliminary Finals
  • 2012: Runners-up
  • 2013: 8th
  • 2014: 11th
  • 2015: 7th
  • 2016: Runners-up
  • 2017: 2nd
  • 2018: Premiers


Major Senior SponsorEdit

  • Village Motors Group

Major Junior SponsorEdit

  • Image Property

Dolphins ClubhouseEdit

  • ProLiquor
  • Big Dog Pet Foods
  • Woodland Shop-fitting
  • CMBM Facility Services
  • Everyday Access
  • Cooke and Hutchinson
  • Paynter Dixon
  • Tricolour Concreting
  • Infruit
  • Asahi (Schweppes)
  • Delta Hospitality
  • Lion Nathan

Dolphins Junior SponsorsEdit

  • Redcliffe Smiles
  • Carsburge Earthmoving
  • Inspirations Paints
  • Countrywide Embroidery
  • Ethos Orthodontics
  • The Boat shed


Dolphins Development SponsorsEdit

  • Daily Press
  • Everyday Access
  • Tricolour Concreting
  • Brian's Bus & Coach Charters
  • Leading Edge Sports


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Gorman, Joe (26 February 2017). "Redcliffe Dolphins: 70 years growing and with ambitious plans for future in NRL". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  2. ^ "About". Redcliffe Dolphins. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  3. ^ {{Cite news Luke is their number 1 fan. |last = Berrett |first = Nick |title = Griffin takes over as Broncos coach |work = Redcliffe & Bayside Herald |place = Australia |publisher = News Limited |date = 21 February 2011 |url = |access-date = 21 February 2011 |url-status = dead |archive-url = |archive-date = 23 February 2011}}
  4. ^ "About - Redcliffe Dolphins". Redcliffe Dolphins. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  5. ^ Gorman, Joe (26 February 2017). "Redcliffe Dolphins: 70 years growing and with ambitious plans for future in NRL". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Five Queensland-based bid teams in NRL expansion race". National Rugby League. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  7. ^ Courier Mail Retrieved 21 September 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Dolphins Credentials". Dolphins NRL Bid. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Dolphin Stadium | Austadiums". Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  10. ^ "About". Redcliffe Dolphins. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Our Sponsors - Redcliffe Dolphins". Redcliffe Dolphins. Retrieved 10 May 2018.


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