By Grant Chappell
What a memorable night out at the football.
I am so grateful that I got to share it with my two daughters, my Rabbitohs TV Co-hosts Browny and Mavo plus all the Souths faithful.
Nathan Merritt and Alex Johnston, two Indigenous local juniors from proud community’s were the talk of the town.
How’s this for irony, Souths Juniors A grade teams La-Perouse Panthers played the Redfern all Blacks in which AJ and Merro played for as kids respectively were in the curtain raiser game on Indigenous round, the night where one indigenous local legend breaks another’s record, you couldn’t make this stuff up.
Coincidentally AJ made his debut on the 25th of April 2014 replacing Nathan Merritt in the lineup wearing jumper number #21 and as you know later that year Souths went on to win our 21st premiership, the most by any club in the game.
Between them they have played 396 games for the Mighty South Sydney Rabbitohs and amassed a whopping 293 tries.
Let’s not forget the feats of Nathan Merritt who was a member of the team which finished in the bottom 4 in his early years at Souths.
Nathan only played in 4 finals matches whilst on the other hand Alex Johnson has played in two grand finals, 16 finals matches scoring 9 tries and he is only 27 years of age, who knows how many tries this bloke will finish on.
I hope my daughters tell their grandkids that they were at the game when AJ broke his hero Nathan Merritts try scoring record at this famous club.