The Gold Coast District Cricket Club
The product of frustrated local cricket administrators and supporters, the Gold Coast District Cricket Club (the “Dolphins”) was formed in 1990 to provide local cricket talent with a direct pathway to grade and first-class cricket. Previously, Gold Coast players had to seek representative honours through the circuitous Queensland Country system or settle for playing locally in the Gold Coast competition. The Dolphins entry to the Brisbane grade competition came following the demise of Colts and at the time, they were the first side from outside the greater Brisbane area to be represented. In the first year, the Dolphins fielded teams in the first, second, third and under 18 grades.
Inaugural Season - 1990/91
In its first year in grade competition, the Dolphins fielded a 1st grade side which included a smattering of local players, most notably, local junior product and future Australian test cricketer, Scott Muller. Bruce Oxenford, another local product in that team, went on to play first-class cricket for Queensland and is currently an umpire on the ICC’s International Panel. The Dolphin’s first year team also included English test cricketers Graeme Hick and John Stephenson, former New South Wales batsman Ross Chapman and former Queensland Bulls coach Terry Oliver. The Dolphins played their home games at Carrara Stadium, where they shared the ground with winter tenant the Brisbane Bears AFL team.
Off the field, the Dolphins were well served by inaugural President, Bill Pippen.
The early years of the Dolphins also saw the grade cricket debuts of former Australian test and one-day batsman, Andrew Symonds and former first-class batsman and New South Wales coach, Matthew Mott. Of note, and further justifying the endeavours of the Dolphin’s founders, both Symonds and Mott were products of the local junior competition. Other cricketers of note to play for the Dolphins in the 1990’s included Australian representatives Craig McDermott, Dirk Wellham and Greg Campbell and Queensland representatives Steve Storey and Peter Anderson.