The Coogee Dolphins were formed for three reasons to,
1. Play sport.
2. Support those in the local and wider community.
3. Have fun!
The Coogee Dolphins JRLFC was formed in October 1993 after a few mates thought it would be a good idea to run a football club with the Palace as its base. The Coogee Dolphins inaugural meeting was held in November 1993.
In the Dolphins’ first year, an A Grade side and an Under 6 team were fielded in the Eastern Suburbs Juniors Competition.
The Coogee Dolphins have played in the South Sydney Juniors competition since 1995, in that same year we saw our Under 7s win our first ever Premiership. Our Under 8s next took out the title in 1999.
2000 saw the first Coogee Dolphins Sportsman’s Lunch to be held at the Beach Palace Hotel with monies raised from the Major Auction being donated to the Sydney Children’s Hospital.
This event was continues to be a major part of the Dolphins annual calendar.
On the 12th October 2002, six members of the Coogee Dolphins touring party were tragically killed in the Bali Tragedy. Those members that lost their lives were Clint Thompson (6), Adam Howard (10), David Mavroudis (5), Shane Foley (8), Gerard Yeo (3) and Joshua Iliffe (4).
In honor of our mates, the Club’s logo was redesigned to incorporate the numbers that they played in.
The Club was also renamed to become the Coogee Beach Dolphins Sports Association Inc.
The 2003 season saw us compete in six divisions of the South’s Juniors competition (Under 6s, 8s, 11s, 13s, A & A Reserve), with our A Reserve side competing against, and coming second to, the Paddington Woollahra Tigers in our first Senior Grand Final.
The same year, the Dolphins also formed three netball sides and competed in the Randwick Netball Association, winning two of the three divisions that we competed in. We continue to field netball teams every year.
In 2003, the club lost player Darrin Martin to cancer, leaving behind a wife and three young children. Every year since, the club has held the Darren Martin Golf Day, raising money for the children’s welfare.
2003 saw the Club celebrate our 10-year anniversary with the announcement of our inaugural life members.
Our A Grade overcame La Perouse to win its first ever Premiership in 2004, whilst our Under 6s won a thrilling Grand Final 35-34, to also become Premiers.
The same year, we were invited to compete for the Remembrance Cup against the Glen Mills Bulls at Franklin Field, Philadelphia. This game was the curtain raiser game before the inaugural test between Australia and the United States of America. The Coogee Dolphins won the trophy, defeating the Bulls 42-10.
We were successful in taking out the A Reserve premiership in 2005, whilst our Under 12s were unfortunately defeated in the Grand Final.
2005 also saw the election of our 3rd Life Member.
Our Under 6 Division 2 side became Premiers in 2006.
2007 saw the Under 6 Division 1 side win their Premiership. In the A and A Reserve both teams made the Grand Final, the A reserve as Minor Premiers. The A Grade went on to become Premiers. We also elected our 4th Life Member.
Off the field, we won the three-year battle to install lights at Bardon Park and raised an astonishing $23,700 for the Children’s Hospital Randwick through the Sportsman’s lunch.
2008 saw our A Grade repeat their Premiership effort beating Moore Park in a thrilling Grand Final. Our A reserve were also Minor Premiers and the 7div1’s ran second. While as a club we were awarded the AAMI Community Service Award for our fund raising efforts for charity.
Life Memberships were also awarded for the forth and fifth time.
2009 was the year of the under 7's competing in division 2 and 4 and taking out the Grand Final in both.
2010 we were Minor Premiers in four divisions A grade, U/6 div1, U/6 div2 and U/6div4. We won the Grand finals in the U/7 div3 and U/6 div4. Eleven netball teams were also entered in the Randwick Netball Ass competition.
Off the field we were also made Bronze Sponsors of the Sydney Childrens Hospital for raising in excess of $100,000 for them over the years.
The Clovelly Hotel are proud sponsors of the Coogee Dolphins Sports Club, which incorporates Junior Football and Netball within the Coogee Basin.
in 2013 the Reserve Grade and A Grade finished minor premiers, the reggies going all the way to GF and being crowned competition champions.
2014 and 15 saw the club begin a rebuilding period after losing several key players to retirement, with 2016 seeing A Grade lose out in the Major Semi-Finals whilst Reserve Grade went all the way to the Grand Final against Bondi UTD. After being locked up 20-20 at full time, Bondi came out on top 22-20 with a penalty goal. The boys finished runners up.
2017 again saw the A Grade be knocked out in the Major Semi Finals, whilst Reserve Grade finished 1 point off the Minor Premiership. Doing it tough in the semi finals, reggies went back to the GF and defeated Minor Premiers La Perouse Panthers 28-18 to be crowned 2017 Champions.
At season end 26 Dolphins staff and players headed to Jacksonville in Florida to defeat the Axemen 16-0, next heading to Chicago to turn over the Chicago Stockyarders 20-16 and be crowned the Midwest Rugby League 9's Champions for 2017.
In 2018 the club missed out on the play offs for both A and A Reserve. As we start a rebuilding process for the 2019 season all players are welcome to join the club as we aim to move back to a winning season.