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REDCLIFFE LEAGUES NEWS CLUBHOUSE NEWS Geraghty Lewis provides guns for top berth R • DOLPHIN Tom Geraghty hard at work in the pre-season

UGBY league props take time to mature. Very rarely do front-rowers stamp their presence until their mid-20s, and that’s after a few seasons of introductions and soul-searching. Current Dolphins skipper Petero Civoniceva is a case in point after being recruited by the Broncos from Redcliffe where he was playing centres in the Colts. He began his NRL career as a centre but spent 39 games in reserve grade before successive seasons allowed the club to build his frame and mature his game until he assumed a front-row role. Tom Geraghty is tracking down the same path as Petero at the Dolphins. After two seasons in the Colts, the 20-year-old has been brought into the senior ranks this season. A start on the interchange bench in the 16-all draw with Burleigh Bears signalled his progress. “I’m really liking it this season,” Geraghty said. “The move up to the seniors has been great as I’m able to test myself at a higher level.” Geraghty came to the Dolphins via the Broncos’ under 20 recruitment program after spending his entire junior career at the Maroochydore Swans. “I had three years with the Broncos and went through

their under 20s although I never played for them,” he said. “To get a run I turned out for Redcliffe and have been here ever since.” Although a lock in earlier days, Geraghty was used as a front-rower with the Colts last season and then in the backrow this year. “In FOGS I have been playing lock and front-rower, although I’m not fussed where I play,” he said. “I usually have been No. 13 but I’m used to anywhere in the forwards.” At 99 kilograms, the third year Bachelor of Physiology student has the bulk to cope

Matt makes his mark FORMER Dolphin Matt Handcock is making every post a winner at the Illawarra Cutters. Handcock won two man of the match awards last month for the St George Dragons’ offshoot in the New South Wales Cup. After his side’s 28-26 loss to Newcastle, Cutters head coach Paul McGregor heaped praise on Handcock.

“Two weeks in a row Matt has been players’ player,” he said. “He is a tiler, he works tirelessly through the week, works 40 hours a week, trains at night time so to get consecutive players’ player awards is great for him.” The Cutters have been more than competitive in 2013 and have had several narrow losses that could easily have been victories.

with the bish-bash nature of the code. “I got 15 minutes against the Bears and the style of the game is a lot more physical and harder,” he said. “It’s like home now at the Dolphins. The facilities are excellent and everyone is great to deal with. “It’s pretty crazy to be playing with Petero. To have someone that you looked up to as a kid and now are playing with is a bit weird to get your head around. “Petero is always helping out with tips and is a good role model to the younger guys in the club. My aim for this season is to establish myself in the first grade squad.” Apart from being noted for his defence, Geraghty is also rated for his durability, playing every round with the premiership-winning Colts under Troy Lindsay last season and doing the same with FOGS A grade this season. “I hope I am known for my defence and high work rate,” Geraghty said. “I like to get through a lot of work during a match.”

WHEN you talk about who inspires junior rugby league players, the names Cooper Cronk, Daly Cherry Evans, Greg Inglis and Johnathan Thurston spring immediately to mind. But if you ask the Redcliffe Dolphins under 12 Div 2 White team, you may get a very different answer. You see their inspiration isn’t an NRL superstar or even a Dolphins Intrust Super Cup player, in fact, he doesn’t even play the game. His name is Lewis Saxby and he runs out the kicking tee for the side every weekend, and if you ask coach Paul Murray, he is every bit as important as the halfback or frontrower. Lewis suffers from Down’s syndrome and loves his rugby league, often joining in with his older neighbours passing and

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kicking the football. “He really wanted to play this year but he is only four and misses out on the under 6s,” Murray said. Wanting to get him involved with footy, Murray asked Lewis’s father Danny about the possibility of him becoming his team’s tee boy. “Lewis just loves his footy and seeing him running the tee out with a big smile on his face puts smiles on a lot of people’s faces,” Murray said. However, according to Murray, Lewis’s enthusiasm has come at a little cost of late. “Speaking to Danny, Lewis had been getting into trouble a little as he was now happily tackling all the kids at school,” he said. “Danny has now had a chat to him and explained that is only for the big boys on game days.” Lewis Saxby is certainly a Dolphin in the making.

• EVERYONE loves to include Lewis on game days.

Juniors to hold march past ALL junior Dolphins teams will march at the annual Junior March Past on Sunday, July 28 with their coach, manager and various team staff. Players are to wear their 2013 junior polo shirt and are reminded

they may wear their playing shorts or smart casual shorts with closedin shoes. All players must meet club staff at the northern gate near the Dolphin Oval scoreboard at 2.30pm with their team for march past co-ordination.

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