The Dolphins have a rich history beginning in 1947 that has led to an NRL berth in 2023.
1947 – The Redcliffe Peninsula Rugby League Club club is founded, in an effort to promote the game of rugby league in the Peninsula area. A meeting of interested parties on February 27 in that year made the formation of the club a reality and the first office bearers were elected.
The first club unofficial club emblem – or at least nickname – was the ‘Shellgrit’, no doubt spawned by the abundance of shell grit on the peninsula’s beaches.
The club begins its history in the Sandgate Suburban League. Under-17 and reserve grade teams win the grand finals in their debut year.
The original colours were gold and then blue, before maroon and white was set upon in 1952. This would morph into the traditional dark red and white that was the genesis of the Dolphins’ NRL colours of red, white and gold.
1960 – Redcliffe is officially accepted into the Brisbane Rugby League premiership, with the club known as ‘The Seagulls’.
1962 – Redcliffe wins its first Brisbane Rugby League title, the reserve grade premiership.
1965 – Redcliffe triumph - winning their first Brisbane Rugby League first grade premiership. A young player from Roma named Arthur Beetson stars before being enticed to Sydney to become an international and legend of the game.
1968 – The club takes on the name that has made it famous across Queensland, Australia and now the globe – The Dolphins.
1981 – Beetson returns to captain-coach the Dolphins, with the team falling short in the BRL Grand Final.
1994 – The Dolphins begin a golden age by winning the Brisbane Rugby League Premiership.
1996 – The Dolphins again win the Brisbane Rugby League premiership, and also enter the new state-wide Queensland Cup competition.
1997 – The Dolphins’ magic double – they win both the Brisbane Rugby League competition and secure the Queensland Cup title for the first time.
2000 – The Dolphins win the Queensland Cup Grand Final.
2002 – The Dolphins are Queensland Cup champions again.
2003 – Another Grand Final triumph makes it three Queensland Cup trophy wins in four seasons.
2006 – The Dolphins again win the Queensland Cup.
2018 – The Dolphins take out the Queensland Cup again, now known as the Intrust Super Cup.
2021 – The Dolphins are granted the licence to be the 17th NRL team.
Redcliffe Dolphins Representative Players
Australian Representative Coaches
Queensland Representatives (including State of Origin)
Robert Orchard Snr