This article was created after we shared a picture of the Burrow at a round 9 Rabbitohs v Storm game from 2006 at Stadium Australia (see below).
Unbeknownst to us a fan in that photo was Rabbitohs TVs loyal supporter Brendan Tillitzki.
Brendan sent us a message that read “Nice pic boys I’m in that one”. Brendan had spotted himself in our picture from the Rabbitohs TV archives courtesy of Colin Whelan.
Brendan continued “I remember David Fa’alogo scored an unreal try that night, it deadset was the try of the season (see above). The try was unreal it went through every one of the teams hands plus throw in a couple of kicks as well. It was the best Souths try from that era easy, I’ll never forget it.”
David Fa’alogo scored 4 tries for the Rabbitohs in 2006 and he did it in 4 consecutive games. The first one was against Newcastle in round 8 (see below), then the Storm try, one against the Panthers & then the Roosters in round 11.
Unfortunately Souths lost all four games!
But wait there’s more, Brendan continued “Mate in the same game Mick Crocker got like a 10 week suspension for a massive spear tackle on Shane Rigon. Absolutely pole axes him.” (see image below, Crocker actually copped a 9 game ban)
In yet another incident we uncovered from the game Souths Jaiman Lowe and the Storms Ryan Hoffman came together for a punch up (see below). Ironically it was Michael Crocker who was sent to the sin-bin for being the 3rd man into the fight.
Brendan also added “Mavo you could add that the villain became the hero some 3 years later in 2009. Mick Crocker made his debut for Souths at the SCG mid season when Nathan Merritt kicked the winning field goal against the Tigers (see below).
A footnote to this story is the fullback for the Storm that day was Greg Inglis and the five eight for the Bunnies was John Sutton. In 2014 those 2 players would lead the red & green to a famous victory in the 2014 Grand Final, Sutto as captain and GI scoring that magic goanna try that placed a cherry on top of an historic win.
So many stories from a single photograph, so the the saying goes ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’.
By Steve Mavin