Hear the term Coogee Dolphins and chances are your memory jolts straight back to 2002 and the horrific events in Bali in October of that year, in which six of the club’s players were lost.
But as long-time disciple and former club administrator Alby Talarico discusses on the latest episode of Inside Sport’s Dead In Goal rugby league podcast, those events rocked the entire district, with people from other sections of the community also losing loved ones.
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Back then, the club well and truly did its job as a true support hub, while others from outside did their best to make sure those running the Dolphins - and its players - were being looked after, too.
But as Alby also discusses, the Coogee Dolphins are evermore than Bali 2002: they’re still a fantastic, country footy-esque unit, run by a dedicated band of volunteers who are the essence of junior footy. Enjoy the episode.