By Ron Lane
On Saturday at Dolphins Rugby Union Club it was indeed a day of both reverence and rugby; for on that day the St Josephs Nudgee Club Juniors Rugby Union team was in attendance to show respect to a former past junior member, Halley Appleby and also play Rugby against the Noosa Juniors.
Halley Appleby, who had played rugby for the Noosa Dolphins as a junior and then Nudgee College, unfortunately died as a result of injuries received during a game on the grounds of the college. As a mark of respect and to keep the memory of the young man alive, at 11 am a wreath laying ceremony, attended by his mother Sue, was held and the wreath was laid as the base of the Halley Appleby Memorial Tree.
Then Jerry Lewis, acting Dolphins Vice President spoke on behalf of the club and thanked the Nudgee boys for their attendance; and also Rob Frey Junior President, for his work in organising the ceremony.
In the game that followed Nudgee had a win over Dolphins junior colts 50 to 26 and then later in the day Dolphins u/19 Colts played Caloundra which saw Noosa win 22 to 5.Then in the premier game Caloundra was victorious beating the Dolphins 20 -10. However as they start to approach the finals there is good news for Dolphins ; Charlie McKill who plays back row is returning after playing a season with the Scottish Sevens and Jonathon Davis, second row is also returning after playing overseas. Great news for the Dolphins and we wish them well
Also during the day the old boys of the Dolphins 1988 premiership winning team and the 1999 premiership winners held a reunion and many old memories were enjoyed. “It was good for the club to see them back for a visit,” said past President and life member Max Gunthorpe.