'Phins lose final but win biggest prize

Published 11:30am 21 October 2021

'Phins lose final but win biggest prize
Words by Nick Crockford

Feature picture: Winning Shot Photography

Redcliffe Dolphins Soccer Club may have lost the Capital League 2 grand final on Sunday, but just reaching the event was a “win”.

That was the verdict of Senior Team Manager Laura Herkes after the ‘Phins went down 3-0 in a physical game against premiers North Brisbane at Perry Park.

“The hard work and effort didn’t show on the scoreboard,” she said.

Biggest prize

“The 'Phins played their hearts out for each other and for the supporters and mini roos that came along to Perry Park to cheer them on.

“All season they have worked towards promotion and just setting foot on the field at the grand final was already a win for the boys!

“It’s not all losses though, the boys fought hard this year and came away with the biggest prize of them all!”

Highest league

'Phins, formerly Redcliffe PCYC before separating earlier this year, beat Clairvaux 5-1 in the final match of the regular season to snatch second place in Capital League 2. 

That earned ‘Phins a place in the new Football Queensland Premier League Four (FQPL4) – equivalent to Football Brisbane Capital League 1 - under a restructure. It will be the highest league the club has played in.

Helping 'Phins scale new heights was striker Josh Blackburn whose 18 goals won the division's Golden Boot.

Exciting future

“We hope this inspires our youngsters to want to join our senior team and in 2022 with a women’s side we know you ladies will achieve greatness too!” Herkes said.

“Thank you to our PCYC ‘Phins family for your years of support and dedication as we become a new Phins family.

“Redcliffe Dolphins Soccer Club will be bigger and better and we are all excited for our future with you behind us.”

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