The Redcliffe Dolphins had a shocking start to the year, winning only three of their first 10 games. But the reigning premiers showed why they won in 2018 during the back end of the season, after welcoming back Dolphins junior Tyson Gamble, and were real contenders during finals.
With the 2019 Intrust Super Cup season having drawn to a close, we take a look back through the year that was for all 14 clubs to see what went right, what went wrong, and what the clubs may focus on heading into the 2020 season.
The 2019 Year in Review series continues with the Dolphins
The season by the numbers
Final position on the ladder
- Won: 13
- Drawn: 0
- Lost: 10
Home and away record
- Home: 8-4
- Away: 5-6
- Scored: 558
- Conceded: 392
- For and against: 166
Players in focus
Izaia Perese had a stellar year on the field. The 22-year-old former Queensland Reds flyer was a consistent top performer for the Dolphins and added serious power to their wing. Perese's fine form was rewarded with XXXX Queensland Residents selection and he was named Intrust Super Cup Centre of the Year. The young star also made his NRL debut for the Brisbane Broncos and took out the Dolphins' Waller Fullerton Smith Hit of the Year.
Try assists: Six
Tackle breaks: 140
Tackle efficiency: 72 per cent
Average run metres: 168.9 metres
Notable player achievements and milestones
- Izaia Perese - XXXX Queensland Residents, Intrust Super Cup Centre of the Year, NRL debut for Brisbane Broncos, Dolphins Waller Fullerton Smith Hit of the Year
- Nathan Watts - XXXX Queensland Residents selection
- Jordan Grant - Intrust Super Cup Prop of the Year, Dolphins Peter Leis Medal for Player of the Year
- Cory Paix - Queensland Under 20 captain
- Aaron Whitchurch - 250 Intrust Super Cup games
- Trai Fuller - Dolphins Tony Obst Award for Players' Player
- Josh Beehag - Dolphins Try of the Year
- Jake Turpin - Brisbane Broncos Wally Lewis Award for Play of the Year
- Jeremy Hawkins - Dolphins Top Try Scorer
- Tyson Gamble - Dolphins Top Points Scorer
Key factor to season result
Poor start to the season
The Dolphins, led by coach Adam Mogg, put themselves on the back foot at the beginning of the season, winning only three of their first 10 games. The loss of Cameron Cullen to injury before the season started did not help. But the reigning premiers re-grouped and showed why they won in 2018 during the back end of the season, after welcoming back Dolphins junior Tyson Gamble, and were real contenders during finals.
Looking ahead to 2020
The Dolphins will be looking to start the season strong in 2020. The club has already made moves to improve next year, signing several star players from across the competition. Former skipper Cullen will be back and Intrust Super Cup leading try scorer Jon Reuben, from Sunshine Coast Falcons, will add some oomph to the squad. Ben Shea and Marmin Barba from Ipswich Jets will also help add some fire power to the Dolphins pack.