On the podcast this week we pay tribute to the late Tommy Raudonikis, recap the Broncos win, speak to Jerry & Martin Lissing, remember ‘The Little Master’ Clive Churchill & preview the Saturdays game against the Tigers.
On the podcast this week we recap the 38-0 thrashing of the Bulldogs, Chaps has a chat with Les Davidson, we remember former Rabbitoh Malcolm Spencer & preview Thursdays clash with the Broncos.
Rabbitohs Radio – Tommy, The Lissing Brothers & The Little Master – Rabbitohs Podcast Network
On the podcast this week we recap the huge win over the Roosters, chat to Souths forward Pati Mago, remember a Rabbitoh Dennis ‘Sluggo’ Lee & preview the Good Friday Bulldogs clash.
Global Ambassadors – Matty Green
On the podcast this week we recap the win over Manly, chat to Souths media man Jeremy Monahan, remember a Rabbitoh Paul ‘The Huntsman’ McNicholas & preview Friday nights Roosters clash.
We now have 19 Global Ambassadors after we added Paul Wicks in the Phillipines, William Zeddy Biney in Ghana & Matthew Green in PNG. This gives us an ambassador on every continent except Antarctica.
Chaps models the new Rabbitohs hoodie
Lauriston Park Estate & Lauriston United
Mavo is putting together a story on Lauriston Park Estate & the Lauriston United team after we had a great response this week from people who shared their images & memories of the mysterious place that was erased from the map. Stay tuned…
Rest In Peace Michael Cini
The husband to Noela & father of Paul & Michelle passed away suddenly during the week. Michael was a well known & loved member of the Rabbitohs community & will be sadly missed.
Game Day Live at The Juniors
The Rabbitohs Radio podcast team consisting of Grant Chappell, Darren Brown & Steve Mavin would like to ask you to help us connect with the Rugby League and Rabbitohs community around the globe. We are posting this article to provide some examples of ways you can assist our podcast in gaining a wider audience.
The most important thing we’d like for you to do is download & press play on each new podcast we release on the Rabbitohs Podcast Network. If this is the only thing that you have time to do then we’ll be extremely grateful for that, as it will count as a listen in your region & show up in our analytics.
We reach a lot of people, for example our latest post sharing our Campbell Graham episode reached 12652 people on Facebook alone. The problem is that a lot of those people don’t actually listen to the podcast. This is a situation we need to change.
We’ll provide links below to all our main podcast sites but our biggest platform is Apple Podcasts with 70% of our audience. Next biggest for us is Spotify 14% with others platforms like Google Podcasts sharing the remaining 16% of our listeners.
It would be great if you could subscribe on Apple Podcasts (Rabbitohs Podcast Network), leave a 5-star review & encourage your network to do the same. You can also do the same on most other podcast apps & on Spotify we ask people to follow us.
If you aren’t aware, Apple Podcasts comes installed on iPhones & for Android phones people mostly use Spotify or Google Podcasts, plus there’s dozens of other Podcast apps that will work on any phone.
So, the first thing is to press that play button on our podcast, but we’d love it if you became a regular listener & found the hour or so it takes each week to listen to the whole episode.
You are reading this on our website & we also have Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok & a YouTube channel all Rabbitohs Radio, so if you can follow as many of those as possible that would be great. We also have a Rabbitohs Radio Podcast Listeners group on Facebook that you’d be welcome to join as well.
Across all these socials if you can please like, comment & share whenever possible. The repost app is also a great way to duplicate posts we make on your own Instagram. You can also just share our posts on your Instagram or Facebook story.
Other ways to help are to subscribe to our YouTube channel then like, share & comment on our videos.
On Twitter please re-tweet, like & comment on our posts & if you have TikTok then the same applies there – share, like & comment.
On top of all of this, word of mouth, actually talking about us to your friends & even better holding their phone & physically subscribing/following to our podcast on their behalf because often people aren’t aware of how to do it.
All of the information we’ve mentioned above is free to do as long as you have an internet connection & data. Our show is created for the world to listen at no cost.
We hope that you can find the time to promote our podcast using the methods above or if you have any other way that we haven’t mentioned then that would be terrific too.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
“Up The Mighty Rabbitohs”
Grant, Darren & Steve
Rabbitohs Podcast Network
Rabbitohs Radio Global Ambassador Jeff Jouffret from France has been hooked on rugby league since the age of 13. Jeff played the game & was a avid fan of the Winfield Cup – a competition played on the other side of the world in the land down under.
The story of how Jeff Jouffret & Steve Mavin became friends is an incredible one involving Jeffs’ love of footy, VHS tapes, the ‘Mavin Show’ & a chance meeting near Waverley Cemetery.
The following is Jeffs’ story in his own words..
My name is Jeff Jouffret & I am from Avignon in the south of France.
I started playing rugby league for my local club Sporting Olympique Avignon Bisons known as SOA13 as a 6 year old to follow my older brothers.
My Rep Honours were: France B vs Australia 1990 in Lyon. Presidents 13 vs PNG 1991 in Carpentras. France vs Russia 1991 in Paris France. World Sevens Sydney 92 & 93. I played for Wyong Roos lower grades in Australia 1992-93-94.
Steve Mavin is one of my oldest friends on Facebook, many years ago when I first got on Facebook on the section “do you know..” I saw Steve Mavin, we must have had a friend in common and I asked him, are you the former Rabbitoh Steve Mavin? He said yes I am and we became Facebook friends.
In 2016 I visited Australia with my family to see old friends from my Wyong days and former players who played for Avignon since the eighties, and on the Bondi walk by the cemetery I bumped into Steve whom I recognized but had never actually met before, that was quite a shock and I asked my question again, Steve? And he said yes! That was something special to bump into each other like that.
Back in the eighties we didn’t have any coverage of the then Winfield Cup in France and the only way we could watch games was on VHS tapes sent by air mail from Australia by some Australian import players’ families and friends and those tapes were hot properties. I remember passing them on at training like it was gold between each other, waiting for the next training session to in turn get hold of the treasure. Games were 2 or 3 months old but it didn’t matter, it was all new and exotic for us. New teams, new colors, mascots which was unheard of in France.
One of the games we got to watch and share was the infamous 1987 semi final where poor old Mavo got bombed out of the game by the Raiders at the SCG, so everyone in Avignon was sharing what we called the “Mavin Show” amongst other games of course, and that is how this great Rabbitoh man was sadly known in and around town. Sorry Mavo.
The famous Parramatta Eels was the most popular team in France back then, my first ever match was the 1981 grand final. I remember watching that game on a black and white small tv screen sitting on the floor during a rugby camp we used to go to during school holidays (the tv system back then in France was different to the one used in Australia PAL or SECAM and most of the first tapes came out in black & white) and I remember being one of the few staying until fulltime with the adults when all the others went to bed, I was 13. Must have been when I got hooked on the game.
Unlike nearly everyone I know in Australia I never really had a team I grew up supporting more than others, I was not brought up in any Sydney suburb, my family had never heard of rugby league in Sydney and I only found out about the game in Australia aged 13 in the eighties, and in the south of France. What I do know is that the first team I watched and liked because of that formidable backline was the Parramatta Eels.
I later did my studies on the game in Australia and discovered every other team, as well as the Brisbane competition. I started following the Winfield Cup. I actually liked all teams, I liked the game, the grounds and the competition, all this was new to me. Later I liked the obvious big teams of the 80’s, Manly, Balmain, never really liked the Dogs because they beat the Eels, then I liked Souths, Norths, Easts, Wests as it was very cardinal to me and made me discover Sydney geographically.
Penrith toured France in 1988 under Ron Willey & I remember swapping with MG in a Le Pontet dressing room, (I still have that PENRITH CITY t shirt), and taking a photo with Col Bentley.
I like Cronulla and the beach suburb, St George and its history, and the out of town BHP Illawarra Steelers (who sadly disappeared for me since the merger) and Jim Woodger’s lime green Raiders. I studied all teams’ history, why each mascot, grounds, suburbs, famous players, stories…I used to draw a map of Sydney metropolitan area where I would pinpoint every team and suburb, I remember odd things like Balmain playing at Leichhardt Oval which was in fact in Lilyfield, Manly playing in Brookvale and not Manly, Canterbury and Bankstown forming the Bulldogs and playing in Belmore.
I made excel with each team, mascots, grounds, major sponsors, and I used to draw jerseys on my school books during my time in school. I kept those to this day with famous sponsors of the eighties, Hardie’s, VICTA, Penfolds Wines, 100 Pipers, Smiths Crisps, Alpha Micro Computers, AVCO Finance to name a few.
Later I liked and followed the Rabbitohs because they were a foundation club, representing the historical inner Sydney suburb and I got behind the club when all the drama of 1999 happened.
I followed the Raiders when I first visited Australia in 1989 because my friend and host former Avignon prop Jim Antonakos was from the nations capital. We attended the GF at the SFS that year. In 1992 when I came to Sydney with the French side for the World Sevens we trained at Redfern Oval, and I met who was under the Reggie the rabbit mascot, a lovely very small man who was the right size to fit into the mascot.
Later I moved to Wyong thanks to another former Avignon player Tony Keevill, who played for Balmain in 84, and later also was assistant coach to Ken Shine for the Rabbitohs so there is another Rabbitoh link. Later Dean Amos another former Avignon and Wyong legend also played for the Bunnies in the 1995 CANON jerseys.
Blake Solly is also a Rabbitoh connection, I met Central Coast boy Blake in England when he worked for the RFL when my brother Christophe was then CEO of the Catalans Dragons. Good to see old players like the Rabbitoh podcast team keeping the flame alive and linking the community of this great historical club. Like everything the sport of Rugby League changes and it’s nice for us who experienced the old times to remember and commemorate, share stories and pay tribute to the greatest game of all. Congratulations to the team and long live the podcast and the Rabbitohs. Glory Glory.
By Jeff Jouffret
On the podcast this week we recap the Storm loss, interview Campbell Graham, Remember A Rabbitoh Ernie Hammerton & preview this Saturdays clash with Manly.
Global Ambassadors 🌏
1 Ryan McGee Virginia USA
2 Tim Mason Toronto Canada
3 Bec Eakin Port Macquarie NSW
4 Nathan Rugby League Guru Sydney
5 Luke Carroll Sydney
6 Scott Brooks Wollongong
7 Paul Brown Sanur Bali
8 Jonathan Davies aka The Welsh Wiz UK
9 Brendan Tillitzki Central Coast
10 Mike Simpson Brisbane
11 Jack Kingsley Vancouver Canada
12 Belen Ugarte Chile
13 Naisa Boga PNG
14 Brent Foster La Jolla California
15 Jeff Jouffret Avignon France
16 Tony Dunne Kitzbühel Austria
This week our Remembering A Rabbitoh is Souths legend Ernie Hammerton.
Ernie Hammerton was a Souths’ hooker who played in seven consecutive premiership deciders (1949-55), winning premierships in 1950-51 and 1953-55. After making his debut for NSW in 1951 Hammerton made his only Test appearance against France in Brisbane. In 1956 he forced his way back into the NSW side and toured with the Kangaroos (11 matches, no Tests). On retirement he pursued a career as a selector, starting out on the Metropolitan and State panels in 1965. Hammerton served for 18 years as an Australian selector (1970-88) before standing down several years before his death in 1991. – ALAN WHITICKER
On the show this week we recap the Charity Shield win in Mudgee, chat to former Rabbitoh Gary Wright, our Remembering A Rabbitoh is Ian Moir & we preview the season opening clash with the Melbourne Storm.
Charity Shield Rabbitohs 48 – Dragons 16
We’ve appointed 2 more Global Ambassadors this week, Scott Brooks from Wollongong & Luke Carroll. Welcome aboard boys! Scott & Luke join Ryan in the USA, Tim in Canada, Bec in Port Macquarie & Nathan in Sydney bringing our total to 6 with more to come. In breaking news we have also added The Welsh Wiz Jonathan Davies in the UK & Paul Brown from ‘The Bali Burrow’ The Happy Room in Bali to our lineup.
Spotlight On The Pathways
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We’re proud to announce that Rabbitohs Radio Podcast has been included in the newly created Rabbitohs Podcast Network. It’s a sensational development for us because it now means that we’re an official South Sydney Rabbitohs Football Club podcast & become part of the Rabbitohs family. Click the link below to read the full announcement.
Rabbitohs Media Day
Spotlight On The Pathways #SpotlightOnThePathways
Joe O’Callaghan – Rabbitohs Head of Elite Pathways & Player Development
With thanks to Rabbitohs Historian Brad Ryder
We’d like to thank Ivans granddaughter Magenta for recording the intro for this segment & also her mum Ivans daugher Katrina & her sister Mel for allowing us access to their dads incredible collection.
Katrina told us “dad never collected any of this stuff so it wasn’t until he passed away that we discovered many of these pictures & news articles. We are glad that Rabbitohs Radio are able to show what we have instead of it just sitting in the cupboard.
NRL 2021: South Sydney primed to win NRL crown but entering final year of premiership window, claims Cooper Cronk
We’re proud to announce that Rabbitohs Radio Podcast has been included in the newly created Rabbitohs Podcast Network. It’s a sensational development for us because it now means that we’re an official South Sydney Rabbitohs Football Club podcast & become part of the Rabbitohs family.
Our podcast will be one of four weekly podcasts in the network, each one will be different to the other. Our show will remain the same & still have all the content, interviews, segments etc that we’ve been presenting so far. The big difference is that now the Rabbitohs will be putting their considerable resources into promoting & distributing our show along with the other 3 podcasts under the same banner which is a massive upgrade for us.
We always thought that our show would fit perfectly with the clubs professional media team & now that has become a reality. The amount of people that the Rabbitohs website, socials & members correspondence reach far surpasses the total followers that we’ve built to date. This fact alone should gain us a wider audience & that’s been our goal since day 1 – to be heard by South Sydney fans everywhere.
All our socials & followers will remain as will our various groups & pages but we look forward to working more closely with all the Rabbitohs fans, players, coaches, staff & sponsors.
Another point worth noting is that we aren’t in competition with the other 3 podcasts. Those shows will in no way take anything away from ours, we’ll actually enhance each other. We believe that the other shows will give listeners extra Rabbitohs content & give you the listener more quality club related audio to download once they’ve finished listening to us (or vice versa).
The Rabbitohs Podcast Network is a first in Australian sports history & marks a turning point in the evolution of digital media in this country. We are absolutely delighted to say that we played a part in making that happen.
We’ll give you more details on the other 3 podcasts as they are released but we can reveal that one of those will be a ‘Top 4’ podcast hosted by Jeremy Monahan, Mark Ellison, Shannon Donato & a special weekly guest. It’s going to be a winner with that talented lineup!