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  • Writer's pictureBruce Giddings

The Dolphins - NRL Contenders At Last

2023 is a landmark year for local rugby league fans, who are celebrating the long-awaited debut of The Dolphins into the National Rugby League.

With a proud 76-year local history behind them, the Redcliffe team will play their first game in the NRL when they take on the Sydney Roosters on Sunday, 5 March.

“Everybody is really level-headed and prepared to work hard; that's the best sign.

The game will be a stern first-up test for Queensland's fourth NRL team, with their southern opponents finishing sixth place out of 16 during the regular season last year.

The Dolphins are looking strong and cohesive. Inaugural Captain Jesse Bromwich spoke to Fox League, saying the team is united and ready to go.

"Everybody is really level-headed and prepared to work hard; that's the best sign," he said.

Thirty-three-year-old Bromwich played 295 games for the Melbourne Storm before moving to The Dolphins with his brother Kenny Bromwich and team-mate Felise Kaufusi.

The Dolphins already boast a strong fan base, receiving strong support across Moreton Bay and all over Australia.

As the first new team to enter the NRL since the Titans in 2007, Coach Wayne Bennett's men will begin a new era for the rugby league-mad Peninsula when they run onto the Suncorp Stadium turf at 3 pm, 5 March.

After 76 years, the Dolphins can finally represent their community in the big league. They are where they belong and ready to challenge any team in the NRL.

The game will be shown on Fox and go free to air on channel 9.


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