Redcliffe rival retains respect for Ipswich
IT MIGHT not be at North Ipswich Reserve, but the Brisbane Rugby League premiership trophy is safely in Ipswichian hands.
Last year the Ipswich Jets claimed the first BRL premiership since its re-introduction, only to fall agonisingly close to a second straight win in this year's grand final.
This time it would be the minor premiers Redcliffe who hoisted the silverware, but with coach Daniel Green a former Ipswich player himself, the trophy hasn't strayed too far.
Defeating the Jets in a 31-30 extra-time thriller in the BRL grand final, Green always expected some flashy play from his former club.
"You come to expect that from the Jets," Green said.
"It's no fluke the way they play. It takes everyone from 1-17 to execute that kind of play and it's a very hard structure to learn.
"I've always got a soft spot for Ipswich but obviously on the day my priorities were with Redcliffe."
With former NRL player Adam Mogg taking Redcliffe to the Intrust Super Cup grand final, 2016 has been a good year for the Dolphins.
Much like the Jets of last year, Green said having achieving success across both grades came from good club structures.
"The club had gone through a bit of a black patch," he said. "Redcliffe just hadn't been to where it had in the past but Mogg has done a really good job in just his first year with us.
"All the structures came from him and I've really enjoyed being able to pick his brain throughout the year.
"It took 10 months of hard work in the gym and at training to get the result on the day."
In just his second season as Reserve Grade coach, Green brought home the trophy for Redcliffe after the Intrust Super Cup side fell to Burleigh in their grand final.
While more than happy to finish the year with a minor and major premiership, the former Parramatta Eels player said Redcliffe CEO Grant Cleal hadn't placed any pressure on him at the start of the year.
"When I first started the job last year I was told I would be judged on how I manage players not silverware," he said. "I like to think dealing with people comes naturally to me.
"I was pretty lucky to have five or six juniors who had come up through the ranks as well as a lot of new faces who made the experience really enjoyable.
"I've loved coaching this year."
From supporting players through injury, managing expectations from moving up into the top grade, Green said his own experiences on the field gave him a good perspective on a player mindset.
"I know what it's like to be in their position and sometimes there's a lot of things going on off-field as well," he said.
Despite splitting his father Bob's loyalties between Ipswich and Redcliffe with his new role, Green said he hoped to continue his commitment to the Dolphins in 2017.
"He never says it but dad always goes for the team that I am a part of," he laughed. "It's been a great experience at Redcliffe.
"I'm not 100 percent sure what the future holds but I've said I will fill up water bottles if they need me to.
"I'm just happy to be around the club."