Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks

On the podcast this week we speak to Souths Junior League CEO Luke Curry, our remembering a Rabbitoh is Ken Stewart & we preview Fridays Roosters clash.

Luke Curry

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Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks RABBITOHS RADIO

On the podcast this week we speak to Souths Junior League CEO Luke Curry, our remembering a Rabbitoh is Ken Stewart & we preview Fridays Roosters clash. https://rabbitohsradio.com.au/2020/09/21/luke-curry-ken-stewart-the-chooks/
  1. Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks
  2. Katie Brown, Lex, Women In League, Phil Blake & the Bulldogs
  3. Jack Johns, Lummy & the Tigers
  4. Mark Nicholls, Eric Lewis & The Storm
  5. Steven Marsters, Les Brennan & The Rabbits Roll On

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Katie Brown, Lex, Women In League, Phil Blake & the Bulldogs

On the podcast this week we celebrate Women In League round by speaking to Katie Brown & Alexis Mavrantonis from the Rabbitohs Womens team, our Remembering A Rabbitoh is Phil Blake & we preview the upcoming Bulldogs clash.

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PART 2: I set a goal, it was to play rugby league. I did it. I did what I told myself I would do. Is it weird that I’m proud of myself? 😂 Souths Sydney Rabbitoh number 60, 2 games, 1 broken nose. Some beautiful new friends and tons of memories – high and low! The debut was highest of highs and not being selected was the lowest of lows. (I mean let’s be real, who would enjoy being dropped) Joy, nerves, excitement, adrenaline, laughs, anxiety, rejection, devastation. These were my emotions during the last 9 months. Sucks the competition was so short, was just vibing! But appreciative we had a season at all 🙏 It really was a rollercoaster ride, but one I’d jump on again and again and again! When people asked me why did I want to play, well I wanted to play because 1. I love playing sport, 2. I cover rugby league everyday and the more I watched it, the more addictive it became and there was this niggle for me to give it a go. 3. I’ve always loved testing my body’s ability and that pressure of putting my body on the line to win for the team! 4. I weirdly like training and sweating 🤷‍♀️ I’ll never forget the day I told Dean Widders I wanted to have a crack and @deanw25 your encouraging response gave me belief that I could do it. So many of you have been so supportive of me having a dig and thank you so much for that! The positive vibes were exactly what I needed 😁 And if you’re one of my haters reading this – THANK YOU! I used your negative energy and pretended it was you I was running at out there 😂 (I ate shit a couple times, but I still feel like a winner). I hope this inspires someone to have a crack at something new. Well thanks for reading my essay, have a great Sunday and I’ll get back to my real job which is reporting and I’ll try keep my face neat and my voice box in check for a while longer until I decide what I wanna try next 😏 over & out. #womeninsport #rugbyleague

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Alexis Mavrantonis

We also had a chat to South Sydney Rabbitohs Womens team player #63 Alexis Mavrantonis. Lex is also the Rabbitohs match day manager & does a fabulous job presenting all the entertainment at Souths home games.

BEK-JEAN STEWART

Perry Keyes has given us permission to use his songs on the podcast & Bek-Jean Stewart sings on some of those tracks. We feature Beks vocals on this weeks podcast.

Phil Blake #755 – South Sydney Player Report

Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks RABBITOHS RADIO

On the podcast this week we speak to Souths Junior League CEO Luke Curry, our remembering a Rabbitoh is Ken Stewart & we preview Fridays Roosters clash. https://rabbitohsradio.com.au/2020/09/21/luke-curry-ken-stewart-the-chooks/
  1. Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks
  2. Katie Brown, Lex, Women In League, Phil Blake & the Bulldogs
  3. Jack Johns, Lummy & the Tigers
  4. Mark Nicholls, Eric Lewis & The Storm
  5. Steven Marsters, Les Brennan & The Rabbits Roll On
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Jack Johns, Lummy & the Tigers

On the podcast this week we speak to Souths rookie Jack Johns, Remembering A Rabbitoh is Kevin ‘Lummy’ Longbottom & we preview the West Tigers clash.

Jack Johns

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Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks RABBITOHS RADIO

On the podcast this week we speak to Souths Junior League CEO Luke Curry, our remembering a Rabbitoh is Ken Stewart & we preview Fridays Roosters clash. https://rabbitohsradio.com.au/2020/09/21/luke-curry-ken-stewart-the-chooks/
  1. Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks
  2. Katie Brown, Lex, Women In League, Phil Blake & the Bulldogs
  3. Jack Johns, Lummy & the Tigers
  4. Mark Nicholls, Eric Lewis & The Storm
  5. Steven Marsters, Les Brennan & The Rabbits Roll On

Steven Marsters, Les Brennan & The Rabbits Roll On

On the podcast this week we speak to Rabbitohs rookie Steven Marsters, feature Bunnies legend Les Brennan & preview Thursdays huge Ees clash.

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Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks RABBITOHS RADIO

On the podcast this week we speak to Souths Junior League CEO Luke Curry, our remembering a Rabbitoh is Ken Stewart & we preview Fridays Roosters clash. https://rabbitohsradio.com.au/2020/09/21/luke-curry-ken-stewart-the-chooks/
  1. Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks
  2. Katie Brown, Lex, Women In League, Phil Blake & the Bulldogs
  3. Jack Johns, Lummy & the Tigers
  4. Mark Nicholls, Eric Lewis & The Storm
  5. Steven Marsters, Les Brennan & The Rabbits Roll On
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Garlo, The Falcon & beating the Broncos

On the podcast this week we have former Souths captain Sean Garlick, our remembering a Rabbitoh is Mario Fenech & we preview Friday nights big Broncos clash.

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Ryan McGhee

Ryan McGhee from Tennessee USA found rugby league when there was no sport on TV due to the Covid-19 shutdown. He discovered the Rabbitohs & has adopted us as his club.

Ryan says he’s fallen in love with the game because of the pace of play and the unique aspect the kicking game brings to it. He said he watches live NRL on Fox Sports 1 & it suits him because he has a 1 year old who gets up at 6am when the games are on. Ryan said that he’s loves the Rabbitohs Radio podcast teams passion for the sport and the Rabbitohs.

Ryan hosts a Curling podcast called Rocks Across the Pond & he’s a huge Virginia Tech Hokies fans & tailgater. His crew has about 10RVs that all park close to each other & have a big party at games.

So Ryan is a now a Bunnies man but he will fit right in with us & here’s why.

The tailgate fans are mad supporters much like the Burrow. They get together, bbq, drink & cheer their team.

Curling is like lawn bowls on ice & Ryan says “Curling is a Scottish game deeply rooted in sportsmanship that starts with a handshake and ends with the winning team buying the first round.” What’s not to like about that?

Ryan is a sports nut just like us, welcome aboard mate, up the Mighty Rabbitohs!

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Latrell Mitchell, Eric Simms, Munkimuk & Dan The Man

Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks RABBITOHS RADIO

On the podcast this week we speak to Souths Junior League CEO Luke Curry, our remembering a Rabbitoh is Ken Stewart & we preview Fridays Roosters clash. https://rabbitohsradio.com.au/2020/09/21/luke-curry-ken-stewart-the-chooks/
  1. Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks
  2. Katie Brown, Lex, Women In League, Phil Blake & the Bulldogs
  3. Jack Johns, Lummy & the Tigers
  4. Mark Nicholls, Eric Lewis & The Storm
  5. Steven Marsters, Les Brennan & The Rabbits Roll On

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Thomas Burgess, John Peek & The Red & Green Machine

On the show this week we speak to Rabbitohs legend Thomas Burgess, we feature John Peek & have a chat with the Green Machine podcast.

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On the podcast Tom talks about the historic game in 2013 he played with his three brothers at the 38.00 in this video

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Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks RABBITOHS RADIO

On the podcast this week we speak to Souths Junior League CEO Luke Curry, our remembering a Rabbitoh is Ken Stewart & we preview Fridays Roosters clash. https://rabbitohsradio.com.au/2020/09/21/luke-curry-ken-stewart-the-chooks/
  1. Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks
  2. Katie Brown, Lex, Women In League, Phil Blake & the Bulldogs
  3. Jack Johns, Lummy & the Tigers
  4. Mark Nicholls, Eric Lewis & The Storm
  5. Steven Marsters, Les Brennan & The Rabbits Roll On

Peter Tunks, Greg Hawick & the defeat of the Dogs

On our huge show this week we feature 2 of the greatest rugby league players of all time Peter Tunks & Greg Hawick.

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Thanks to Brad Ryder who knew Greg & his wife Maureen well & Marco Sivis for their contributions on Greg Hawick. Click the link below to visit Marcos SSR Almanac Greg Hawick player profile-

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Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks RABBITOHS RADIO

On the podcast this week we speak to Souths Junior League CEO Luke Curry, our remembering a Rabbitoh is Ken Stewart & we preview Fridays Roosters clash. https://rabbitohsradio.com.au/2020/09/21/luke-curry-ken-stewart-the-chooks/
  1. Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks
  2. Katie Brown, Lex, Women In League, Phil Blake & the Bulldogs
  3. Jack Johns, Lummy & the Tigers
  4. Mark Nicholls, Eric Lewis & The Storm
  5. Steven Marsters, Les Brennan & The Rabbits Roll On

Arthur Stephen ‘ASH’ Hennessy – Rabbitoh #1 & the 1908 Bunnies

Preface

I’ve always been fascinated by the year the South Sydney Rabbitohs began in 1908. The focal point of the this tale is Arthur Stephen Hennessy nickname A.S.H & I was immediately drawn to the fact that we share the name Stephen spelt with the PH. ASH is Rabbitoh first grade player #1 & I’m #757, he made his debut in 1908 & mine was 1987 but we are both Stephens & Rabbitohs players so for me we share an affinity. I realise it’s only his middle name, the S in the acronym ASH but the man known as the ‘Father Of The Rabbitohs’ and I both suited up for the mighty Rabbits & didn’t spell our name Steven with the V. (Yes I do answer to the shortened version Steve but that’s beside the point!)

The most satisfying discovery I made was to uncover the fact that the first rugby league game ever played in Australia was held on the 21st of March 1908 at Sir Joseph Banks Park Botany. On this historic day a South Sydney Possibles & Probables trial match was played. I was born & bred in Botany, played for the Botany Rams & still live here today but I never knew about this game that ASH took part in was played at a park that I roamed as a kid.

In The Beginning…

The story of the Rabbitohs inaugural season in 1908 & their eventual victory in the first ever Australian rugby league grand final is a tale that Rabbitohs fans will cherish forever.

Stories will endlessly be told about the clubs Redfern origins, it’s 11-7 victory over North Sydney the first time the team took the field & the march to glory over the Roosters in the grand final at the end of that season.

This article takes you through some key points of this time & highlights the involvement of the ‘Father Of The Rabbitohs’ Arthur Hennessy.

Rugby League broke away from Rugby Union in the late 1800s for the simple reason that players weren’t being paid. The greatest game of all was born in England in 1895.

The beginning of South Sydney traces back to early meetings in the Australian test cricketer Victor Trumper’s shop. Trumper is one of the most important figures in the club’s formation.

Five other men also played huge roles in creating the Rabbitohs – Arthur Hennessy, S. George Ball, Johnny McGrath, Billy Cann & Ed “Son” Fry. Early meetings were held in 1907, plans were hatched then finally a meeting took place on 17th January 1908 at Redfern Town Hall Sydney to form the South Sydney District Rugby League Club.

Pictured – Billy Cann, Arthur Hennessy, SG Ball, Johnny McGrath
Redfern Town Hall in 1871

Arthur Stephen Hennessy (nickname ASH) was born in Sydney on the 24th September 1876. Hennessy played hooker & although only a small man at 5ft 8ins (173cm) & 12st. 6lbs. (79kg) he would become a star rugby union player winning a competition with Souths Rugby Union in 1905 & gaining NSW representative honours.

By the time he finally helped create the NSWRL & the Rabbitohs, Hennessy was 31 years old so his career as a rugby league player was relatively short but he would go on to become the first captain of NSW & the Australian Kangaroos.

A trial match was organised between the South Sydney Possibles & Probables on the 21st March 1908 at Sir Joseph Banks Park Botany as a tune up for the upcoming season but also so the players could learn the rules to this newly created game. Englishman Tom McCabe lectured players and officials on the finer points of the new code. This historic match would be the first ever rugby league game played on Australian soil. Hennessy captained the Probables but they were defeated 9-8 by the Possibles led by Bill Cann.

A view of the Sir Joseph Banks Hotel at Botany Bay

On the 20th April 1908 the big one happened, the Rabbitohs first ever competition game in the NSWRL. Hennessy took the field for the Bunnies at Birchgrove Oval as an undersized captain/coach. Arthur Hennessy would earn the honour of being named Souths first grade player number #1. This numbering system was introduced by the club in 2003 & Hennessy was allocated his number then. The modern players like myself have embraced this numbering system with pride. Chris McQueen has his number 1070 boldly tattooed on his neck below is left ear.

Rabbitoh 1070 Chris McQueen

The first ever try scorer for Souths was winger Tommy Anderson (first grade player #2) in the 11-7 win over North Sydney.

Souths would win their next 2 games before suffering defeat for the first time at the hands of arch rivals Eastern Suburbs 13-12 at the Royal Agricultural Society Showground. The Souths v Easts rivalry has been around for as long as the game has existed.

Birchgrove Oval, Sydney the birthplace of the Bunnies

This would be Souths only loss of the season, they would remain undefeated all the way through to the grand final where they turned the tables on Easts to win the game 14-12. This result secured the competition, the first of the clubs 21 premierships, a record that has allowed the Rabbitohs to be continually described as the ‘Pride Of The League’

Hennessy would only play 5 games for Souths in 1908 before leaving for England on board the RMS Macedonia with the 1908-09 Kangaroos with 2 rounds to go before the finals. When their ship stopped over in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) the Rabbitohs players received a telegram from the team saying a simple message “Premiers”.

The tour robbed both Souths & Easts of their best players for the grand final & condemned the game to a contest without the best talent competing. Notable absentees that went on tour for Souths were Arthur Hennessy, Tommy Anderson & Arthur Butler (first grade player #3) while Easts lost the one & only Dally Messenger, Dan Frawley & Sandy Pearce.

Arthur Hennessy suffered a broken jaw on the Kangaroo tour & didn’t play in a test match. Hennessy played a total of 26 games for the Rabbitohs & would go into coach the Rabbitohs & Kangaroos.

Hennessy would create a institution of “running rugby” at South Sydney. He strongly advocated the no kick principle, emphasizing the importance of ball possession to score tries. This came to be the mark of South Sydney’s football with straight running and backing up. The no kick policy produced fast, open football and for Souths a remarkable winning record.

Hennessy was also caught up in the boundary wars with Easts that forced him to play for the tri colours for a short period.

Hennessy moved to Maroubra where he invested in the Maroubra Speedway and in mini-golf, and partly owned the Amusu cinema, Maroubra, living in a cottage opposite the theatre. Survived by his wife, Hennessy died on 19 September 1959 and was buried with Anglican rites in Botany cemetery.

Maroubra Speedway

Glory Glory

After a 43 year drought the Rabbitohs won their 21st premiership in 2014. This victory meant that their legions of fans could celebrate the ‘Pride Of The League’ once again & sing the song ‘Glory Glory to South Sydney….South Sydney marches on’.

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Albert Clift, George Treweek & Eddie Root

Albert Clift, George Treweek & Eddie Root (image courtesy of Col Whelan)

On Friday 26th June 2020 an image was posted in our newly created Facebook group ‘Rabbitohs Radio Podcast Listeners’ by legendary photographer Col Whelan.

Beneath the photo Col asked the question “Any idea who these blokes are”?

The next day we had our answer thanks to Chris Isouard. In the picture stood three Rabbitohs legends Albert Clift, George Treweek & Eddie Root.

“Albert mentioned this day in a couple of his interviews over the years” said Chris. “Treweek and Root visited him in the early 80s and presented him with some of their playing memorabilia. Like many, Albert was a hero of mine and inspired me as a kid to collect everything Souths”.

Albert Clift

Albert Clift was a former player for South Sydney, former official and director, was the Club’s first mascot back in 1968, held an amazing collection of Rabbitohs memorabilia including the famed timekeeper’s bell from the first game in 1908 & is a Life Member of the Football Club.

Albert Clift
Albert Clift & Russell Crowe ring the famous timekeepers bell in 2002
Russell Crowe purchased the bell for $42000 to ensure it stayed in red & green hands

Eddie Root

Eddie Root (first grade player #139) 109 games & 34 tries was a starting forward in the Rabbitohs golden era of 7 premiership wins between 1925-32. Root had a brilliant career & is rightly regarded as one of the greatest ever Rabbitohs.

Eddie Root

The 1931 Rabbitohs

The 1931 South Sydney Rabbitohs defeated the Eastern Suburbs Roosters 12-7 in the NSWRL grand final. Eddie Root was the hooker & George Treweek played second row.

Second row: Eddie Root, Jack Morrison, Frank O’Connor, George Treweeke (vc), Frank Curran, Harry Eyers, Benny Wearing.
Front row: Jack Why, Jim Tait, Carl Eggen, Paddy Maher (capt), Albert Spillane, Jim Deeley, Perce Williams.
(Picture courtesy of SSR Almanac)

George Treweek

George Treweek (first grade player #153) 119 games & 40 tries was a starting forward in the Rabbitohs golden era of 7 premiership wins between 1925-32. He is a legendary attacking player who was rated as the finest second row forward the game has produced.

George Treweek was once described as “all arms & legs”
George Treweek played 7 tests for the Kangaroos
George & Eddie visit Albert