“That game slipped through our fingers.” Stephen Fenech

By Stephen Fenech from Tech Guide.

Bloody hell!! That game slipped through our fingers tonight. We could have and should have won that. If you look back at the game (and I’m about to point out everything now) the Sharks points came off our errors or misreads. It was a minor miracle that we managed to draw level to force Golden Point despite having a better completion rate and more possession. Shark Park has never been a happy hunting ground for Souths and tonight’s loss just added to that miserable record.

Watch our game recap here.

I can’t believe Latrell could miss three field goal attempts in extra time. He also nearly missed the try conversion from in front to tie the game. Latrell didn’t seem himself tonight – I don’t think he played to his usual high standard. Tom Burgess getting sent off didn’t help our cause either. Personally I thought the tackle looked a lot worse than what it was – his initial contact was his arm. But of course the Sharks vocal home crowd revved the ref up not only over that tackle but plenty of other times throughout the night. In fact, Souths lost the penalty count 3-6 and weren’t given one six again all night despite the Sharks players taking their sweet time to get off us.

Latrell Mitchell on the burst last night against the Sharks.

Souths started the game strong making great yards with the ball through our forwards – Junior Tatola was particularly outstanding. This gave us great field position and we had the upper hand early and even managed to make the most of that superiority before Johnston scored our first try in the corner in the 12th minute with Latrell adding the extras. Sharks first try came after the ref gave them a six again for nothing. Connor Tracey showed up AJ on our left side – AJ should have gone low and forced him into touch. The Sharks second try came a set after Damien Cook threw a forward pass from dummy half that had them back on our doorstep again. When Mulitalo went up to take that bomb to score his try – not one of players went up for the ball – they all just looked at it.

Darrell Lea makes it better since 1927.

I don’t know what was up with Cody Walker tonight but it was like he overdosed on angry pills before kick off because he was lashing out at everyone and making some silly mistakes and making some dumb decisions. By the way, his escort was blatant – he was looking at the Sharks player coming through closer than a teenager would look at a porn site. And it should never have been challenged. He also threw a couple of passes when they just were not on. He was even trying to pick a fight as he was walking off with Souths trailing 14-6 at halftime. And inside him Ilias also made a couple of crucial blunders as well including not managing to get off his fifth tackle kicks.

We needed as strong start to the second half and that’s exactly what we got when our forwards took the ball 70m downfield off the kick off. A Sharks knock-on gave us possession again and Latrell pounced on a Cody Walker (he did one thing right) kick after three minutes to bring is back neck-and-neck with them. The next section of the game was an arm wrestle, and it was off the back of the efforts of our forwards who were making great ground with the ball and tackling themselves to a standstill. Our left side was far from its usual potent self tonight and when the ball went that way the Sharks always had an answer. There were also a few occasions when we were attacking their line that it looked like we were making it up as we were going. There was no one calling the shots. There were a few times when we got the ball and just stood still. It didn’t help us losing Cartwright to injury – he was making good yards with the ball and making great tackles including a cracker on Talakai who he forced into touch. This meant Latrell was shifted to centre and Nikorima went back to fullback. Not sure whether playing Latrell out of position was the right call but I guess Demetriou didn’t have much of a choice.

Satts sings on SEN.

It was an error from Tass – who was having a great game up to that point – that gave the Sharks the ball inside our 30 – it was one of only a handful of times they had been in our half. But some loose defence, including an uncharacteristic miss from Cam Murray, saw Andrew Fifita wind back the clock and score.

I applaud the fact that Souths didn’t switch off here. The replacement forwards Davvy Moale and Siliva Havili kept us in the game with their energy with the ball and in defence. Our defence all night had pretty much been on point apart from a couple of lapses. Junior Tatola was rewarded with a try after one his best and busiest games. He was a standout tonight. He also had company from Keaon Koloamatangi who’s smart one-on-one strip of Talakai got us the ball back for Tatola to score that try. We were now all locked up at 20-all and my heart rate looked like the readout of a 10 Richter scale earthquake.

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I thought we had Golden Point wrapped up when the ref bravely ruled that Fifita knocked on in the play the ball in their half. But instead of waiting till the fifth tackle – we could have scored a try – they decided to pass it to Latrell on tackle three and he misses it worse than one of my shanks on a par three at The Coast. Now you’d think that he’d slot one of his other two efforts, but it was just not his night. Burgess’s send off and penalty would be all the Sharks needed to stab every Souths supporter in the heart with an effortless field goal from Nicho Hynes.

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That defeat could prove more costly than we realise – it could mean that a top four finish is now out of our reach. It looks like we’ll be without Cartwright for a few weeks and Burgess might also get a decent judiciary-sanctioned vacation as well. It all starts again next week when we take on the Warriors on the Sunshine Coast before we play Parra, Penrith, Cowboys and the Roosters. We need to regroup and we need to do it fast. If we can hold the ball and complete our sets, there’s nothing to say we can’t win every one of those games. We just need to see how badly Souths want it. Let’s go Rabbitohs!!!

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Rabbitohs Training Audio Highlights – Captains Run v Eels RABBITOHS FAN TV

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AJ & The Goat Return – Team List Tuesday – Rabbitohs v Bulldogs

Team List Tuesday

Both Mark Nicholls and Alex Johnston were on the field at Ironmark High Performance Centre, Redfern this morning and will return to the team to take on the Bulldogs this Sunday 6.15pm at Accor Stadium.

Watch our TLT show here.

Rabbitohs Head Coach Jason Demetriou has named all three of the Club’s State of Origin representatives in captain Cameron Murray, Damien Cook and Jai Arrow to play on Sunday.

Trell & JD at Redfern today.

The Rabbitohs and Bulldogs will be playing for the Mortimer-McCarthy Cup, celebrating the careers of Rabbitohs legend Bob McCarthy and the Bulldogs’ famous Mortimer brothers. Funds will be raised for Men of League at this event.

The team together.

The Rabbitohs NSW Cup team will play against the Bulldogs as a curtain raiser to the NRL fixture at Accor Stadium on Sunday 17 July at 4pm. The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup team will play the Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday 16 July at 12pm.

Izaac Thompson, Junior Tatola & Davvy Moale at Redfern today.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Sunday’s round 18 clash with the Bulldogs is:
1) Latrell Mitchell
2) Alex Johnston
3) Taane Milne
4) Isaiah Tass
5) Jaxson Paulo
6) Cody Walker
7) Lachlan Ilias
8) Junior Tatola
9) Damien Cook
10) Mark Nicholls
11) Keaon Koloamatangi
12) Jai Arrow
13) Cameron Murray (c)
Interchange:
14) Kodi Nikorima
15) Jed Cartwright
16) Siliva Havili
17) Thomas Burgess 18) Daniel Suluka-Fifita 19) Richie Kennar
20) Davvy Moale 21) Shaquai Mitchell 22) Blake Taaffe
23) Ben Lovett
Head Coach – Jason Demetriou

Rabbitohs TV went live at Redfern this morning.

Rabbitohs NSW Cup squad for Sunday’s match up with the Bulldogs is:

1) Jacob Gagai
2) Leon Te Hau
3) Izaac Thompson
4) Richie Kennar
5) Cody Hodge
6) Blake Taaffe
7) Dean Hawkins
8) Davvy Moale
9) Jack Campagnolo
10) Shaquai Mitchell
11) Trent Peoples
12) Ben Lovett
13) James Hasson (c)
Interchange:
14) Shannon Gardiner 15) Hugo Patterson 16) Tallis Duncan
17) D’Arcy Hardman 18) Yileen Gordon
19) Tyson Hodge 20) Tristan Alvarado 21) Terrell Kalo Kalo
Coach – Dane Dorahy

Gus, JJ & Jackson at Redfern this morning.

The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup squad for Saturday’s game against the Bulldogs is:
1) Terrell Kalo Kalo
2) Carson Kaho
3) Zane Bijorac
4) Byron Parnell
5) Tyrone Munro
6) Dion Teaupa
7) Mitchell Chester
8) Thomas Giles (c)
9) Romano Cook
10) Trent Griffiths
11) Louis Grossemy
12) Oscar Mezzomo
13) Jaxson Rahme
Interchange:
14) Joseph Nohra
15) Isaiah Vailalo
16) William Abou-Arrage
17) TJ Toevai
18) Cruise Tweedie
19) Dranza Hawe-De-Thierry 20) Keahlan Bray
21) Isaac Chapman
Coach – Leon Latulipe

Zane Bijorac is back!

Modern Day Legends

The Souths Players Association (SPA) held an event today at The Juniors Kingsford featuring three ‘Modern Day Legends’ John Sutton, Greg Inglis and Sam Burgess.

John Sutton, Bob McCarthy, Sam Burgess, George Piggins & Greg Inglis

Club icons George Piggins & Bob McCarthy were among the attendees plus the entire first grade squad, coach Jason Demetriou and a host of former Rabbitohs players and fans.

John Sutton, Greg Inglis, George Piggins & Sam Burgess

Steve ‘Chimes’ Gillis interviewed all three modern legends on stage and a great day was had by all. Thanks to everyone who posed for pictures or video for us.

John Sutton
Latrell Mitchell & Cody Walker
Watch our Sam Burgess interview on Rabbitohs Fan TV.
Greg Inglis & Matthew Way
Tom Burgess, Lachlan Ilias & Bob McCarthy
Junior Tatola, Taane Milne, Kodi Nikorima & Richie Kennar
Liam Knight, Isaiah Tass & Jed Cartwright.
Sean Garlick
Shaquai Mitchell, Scott Singles, Darren Brown & Latrell Mitchell
Watch our chat with Warren Wilson.
Jed Cartwright
Troy Slattery & Sam Burgess
Lachlan Ilias, Alex Johnston & Jason Demetriou
Warren Wilson & friends.
Norm Lipson, George Piggins, Peter Lahood & Jim Lahood
SPA Soldiers Ross Harrington, Darryl Neville & Mick Koellner
Grant Chappell
Watch our Troy Slattery interview on Rabbitohs Fan TV.
Darren Brown, Sam Burgess & Steve McDemott
Daniel Suluka-Fifita, Davvy Moale & Jaxson Paulo
Spiro Spiro, Gary Clark & Mark Lyons
David Boyle & Henry Morris
The Burgess family
Keaon Koloamatangi & Shaquai Mitchell
Brad Ryder & Michael Curin
Jeremy & Sherree Muir
Siliva Havili
Tom Burgess & Keith McCraw

By Steve Mavin

A game that had everything – Rabbitohs 40 Knights 28

By Stephen Fenech from Tech Guide

That was a game that had everything – and not all of it was good. But what it did have was a gutsy effort from a patchwork Souths team that had nine changes from the side that beat Parra last week and that lost our halfback in the second tackle of the game. The whole squad had to dig deep tonight including some players who were playing their first game for months. I’m proud to say they stood up tonight. Not everything went our way but we outlasted a Knights team that wasn’t going to pack up and go home early. There were patches when we let the Knights back into it – but our scrambles in desperation were some of our best moments.

Without young Ilias at halfback Cody Walker had to stand up and that’s exactly what he did and he was rewarded with the first try (I backed him too – thanks SportsBet!) Early on we were making good ground through the middle and our defence was pretty sound. Then Nikorima missed the ball when he tried to kick the ball on the Newcastle line and Tyson Frizell cleaned up the ball in open space and our lack of defenders to stop his run upfield made him look like Greg Inglis. The Knights scored in the corner on the next tackle and they were back into it. The ref was looking after them with penalties and six agains (can’t recall Souths getting one six again all game) that brought them right back into our territory. Milford’s fifth tackle kick was plucked out of the air by Edrick Lee but no one thought to wrap up the ball and he easily passed inside to Klemmer to score and take them into the lead. I thought Klemmer was in front of the kicker but this idiot ref didn’t see that. Tonight he proved he couldn’t find his arse with two hands. All the tries he disallowed were overturned by the bunker and found to be fair tries and three captain’s challenges were successful against his rulings. All these wrong decisions could easily have changed the game.

But Newcastle weren’t done yet. When Best crossed out wide I had flash backs of the flogging we copped at the hands a St George a couple of weeks ago. We were 16-6 down and things were looking grim. But when the Knights caught us in our in-goal area and forced a drop out can you believe that’s when it all turned around? I’ve never been a fan of the short drop out but we managed to get the ball back. It was also when Souths got their first penalty of the game – it was the 29th minutes and the penalty count was 5-0 against us. That gave us valuable field position and inspired our second wind. Richard Kennar – filling in for Alex Johnston who was a late withdrawal – scored the first of his three tries down our left side. His second would come four minutes later and Latrell blasted the conversions from the sideline to have us out in front again. Just before halftime Cody took a beautiful intercept and we go from trailing 16-6 to leading 24-16 at halftime. The game had turned so quickly I think I’ll need to see a chiropractor tomorrow. In a single half Souths had been Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – going from wide open and out of control to striking with the speed of a cobra. It was enough to make you dizzy.

Up the Rabbitohs!

In the second half we needed to make a statement. Luckily Kennar found the line for try number three and we had a bit of breathing space. Minutes later Junior Tatola was on the spot to clean up a Cody Walker kick for a try as well. It was at this point that I thought Souths would put on the afterburners. But the Knights still had some fight left in them and there was plenty of time left in the game. When Lee scored in the 58th minute it kept them in touch but barely a couple of minutes later Souths exposed the Knights weak defence on their left side for Paulo to stroll over for an easy try. Just on Paulo I think he had a forgettable game tonight – he made a few mistakes and was caught out of position three times to let in tries. He’s become a bit of a liability of late. For the one good thing he does in a game he comes up with 10 howlers. I don’t think my blood pressure can take it. Paulo’s try did put the game out of Newcastle’s reach but that didn’t stop Barnett from finding the line. Paulo was slow moving up in the line and that’s where Barnett reached out and scored his try.

Latrell was captain tonight and played a solid game. He was put on report for the tackle on Wilson that you wouldn’t look at twice. Latrell is always judged a little harder than most players unfortunately. But tonight it was his presence and passion that helped Souths claw this victory. Cody Walker is back to his best – he showed his class several times with the ball to set up most of our tries and score two himself. Hats off to Tom Burgess who is in career-best form followed closely by Junior Tatola and Jed Cartwright who toiled with the ball and in defence despite not playing for the last few months.

Match highlights.

That win puts Souths up into fifth spot but Parra, Brisbane and St George have to play tomorrow and Sunday. Being in the eight at this time of the season is quite an achievement. If we can hold it together and field our best team in the weeks ahead then anything is possible. Next week we’re up against the Bulldogs at Accor Stadium at Homebush. Some good signs are there and if we can build some momentum in the lead up to the semi’s then anything is possible. Let’s go Rabbitohs!!!

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Rabbitohs Captains Run – Nicholls Out – Fifita in – Latrell Captain – Picture Gallery

The big news from todays captains run is new recruit Daniel Suluka-Fifitas promotion to the 17 for tomorrow nights clash with the Knights after Mark Nicholls failed to recover from the head knock he copped against the Eels.

Watch Brownys chat with JD.

Darren Brown had an interesting chat with Rabbitohs head coach Jason Demetriou and I was able to film a few shorts clips of the players and take plenty of pictures.

JD chats to Browny for Rabbitohs Fan TV

Thanks to everyone who posed for pictures for us, we appreciate your support.

Captains run at Ironmark High Performance Centre, Redfern today.
DSF is in! Daniel Suluka-Fifita will make his Rabbitohs debut tomorrow night against the Knights.
Latrell Mitchell spent a few minutes with fans after training.
Cody Walker & Jason Demetriou at Redfern this morning.
Jason Demetriou fronted the media today.
Leaon Te Hau & Josiah Karipani.
Keaon, Latrell & Kodi.
Up close with the players.
Davvy Moale will play tomorrow night against the Knights.
Captain Trell Mit
Josiah Karapani is back.
Today is World Chocolate Day.
Captains run panorama.

By Steve Mavin & Darren Brown

Welcome Home Daniel Suluka-Fifita

Big Daniel Suluka-Fifita was out on the paddock at Redfern this morning training with his new Rabbitohs teammates.

Daniel looked fit, happy & ready to go which is a great sign after the club lost both Hame Sele & Liam Knight to injury on Saturday.

Daniel Suluka-Fifita at Rabbitohs training today.

Dan told Rabbitohs Fan TV that “it’s good to be back” and we have to agree, welcome home mate you’ll look awesome in red & green.

Welcome home Daniel.

What Will Your Game Day Experience Be?

The Rabbitohs Fan TV team will be at Accor Stadium tomorrow braving the elements on Super Saturday to watch the Rabbitohs take on the Eels at 7.35pm. After the game we’ll be hosting the post match function in the P&O Members Deck.

We love sharing South Sydney fan content on our show so whatever your game day experience is tomorrow send us your story, pictures and videos and we’ll reshare them on our website and across our social media channels.

Send us your images/videos & we’ll reshare them.

Pictures and videos from home, at the game, overseas or wherever you’re watching the mighty South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the Parramatta Eels, we want to see how you watch the game, who your are with or what colours you are wearing.

We’ll shoot footage with you.

If you’re at the game come and say hello and get your photo taken with your friends and family, take a photo with us or both. We’ll be sitting in our usual spot in the black centreline seats behind the tunnel on the platform right next to the press boxes (see below).

Come and say hi!

Email your game day story, pictures and videos to rabbitohsradio@gmail.com or message us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or TikTok.

The new giant screen at Accor is awesome!

Send us your stuff and up the mighty Rabbitohs!!!

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Giving Rabbitohs fans a voice.

By Steve Mavin

Team List Tuesday – The Ferrari & The Falcon

Latrell Mitchell is back and former Souths captain ‘The Falcon’ Mario Fenech was at Redfern today for Team List Tuesday. Grant Chappell was there reporting and tweeted a photo of Latrell and Mario having a chat.

Latrell is back!
Watch our teams preview & Origin recap. 👆🏻

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for round 16 against the Parramatta Eels at Accor Stadium to be played this Saturday 2 July at 7:35pm.

Rabbitohs Head Coach Jason Demetriou has named Latrell Mitchell to return to the side at fullback with Mark Nicholls to start in the front row for this clash with the Eels.

Round 16 is the NRL’s Beanies for Brain Cancer round, raising funds for brain cancer research through the Mark Hughes Foundation. The Mark Hughes Foundation is hoping to sell 175,000 beanies this year with the aim to raise $3 million that will help establish a world leading team to solve brain cancer. Purchase your MHF beanie at Accor Stadium on Saturday or online at http://www.markhughesfoundation.com.au.

Junior Tatola & Mario Fenech.

One of Australia’s up-and-coming rap groups, the Sydney Yungins, will be performing on stage as part of the pre-game entertainment at Accor Stadium on Saturday night, performing two of their hit singles. The Sydney Yungins have over one million views on YouTube and 40 million streams on Spotify for the eight songs in their catalogue.

The Rabbitohs NSW Cup team will play against the Parramatta Eels in a curtain raiser to the NRL fixture at Accor Stadium on Saturday evening, kicking off at 5:10pm. Gates at Accor Stadium will open at 4:55pm.

The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup team will play the Eels at the Ironmark High Performance Centre at Redfern Oval on Saturday 2 July at 2pm. The Rabbitohs NSW Women’s Premiership team will play their final match of the season against the St Marys Saints on Monday 4 July at 7pm at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence at Sydney Olympic Park.

Mark Nicholls fronted the media today.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Saturday’s round 16 clash with the Eels is:
1) Latrell Mitchell
2) Alex Johnston
3) Taane Milne
4) Campbell Graham
5) Jaxson Paulo
6) Cody Walker
7) Lachlan Ilias
8) Junior Tatola
9) Damien Cook
10) Mark Nicholls
11) Keaon Koloamatangi
12) Jai Arrow
13) Cameron Murray (c)
Interchange:
14) Kodi Nikorima
15) Thomas Burgess
16) Siliva Havili
17) Hame Sele
18) Blake Taaffe 19) Isaiah Tass
20) Liam Knight
21) Ben Lovett
22) Davvy Moale
Head Coach – Jason Demetriou

The Rabbitohs NSW Cup squad for Saturday’s match up with the Eels is:
1) Jacob Gagai (c)
2) Izaac Thompson
3) Isaiah Tass
4) Richie Kennar
5) Josh Mansour
6) Blake Taaffe
7) Dean Hawkins
8) Davvy Moale
9) Jack Campagnolo
10) Shaquai Mitchell
11) Michael Chee Kam
12) Ben Lovett
13) Liam Knight
Interchange:
14) Shannon Gardiner
15) James Hasson (c)
16) Hugo Patterson
17) Trent Peoples
18) Jake Tago
Coach – Dane Dorahy

The Taree Ferrari & the Maltese Falcon

The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup squad for Saturday’s game against the Eels is:
1) Terrell Kalo Kalo
2) Carson Kaho
3) Leon Te Hau
4) Byron Parnell
5) Wesley Bruines
6) Dion Teaupa
7) Joseph Nohra
8) Thomas Giles (c)
9) Romano Cook
10) Isaiah Vailalo
11) Louis Grossemy
12) Benn Campagnolo
13) Tallis Duncan
Interchange:
14) Cruise Tweedie
15) Jaxson Rahme
16) Trent Griffiths
17) Oscar Mezzomo
18) Josh Rizk
19) Keahlan Bray
20) William Abou-Arrage Coach – Leon Latulipe

The Rabbitohs Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership side to play St Marys on Monday is:
1) Terri Anne Kelly
2) Rikka Lamb
3) Monique Donovan
4) Shannon Muru
5) Nikki Perugini
6) Akira Kelly
7) Rachael Pearson
8) Christine Pauli
9) Seli Mailangi
17) Moniqca Moale
10) Ellie Johnston
11) Tia Cook
13) Sharna Piccinelli (c)
Interchange:
20) Therse Aiton
15) Seneti Kilisimasi
16) Cindy Whiteley
18) Luti Maile
19) Kasey Taaffe
21) Te Aroha Hapuku
Coach – Shane Sultana

Chaps chat with Junior Tatola today.

“I still love the Rabbitohs” Lylah Williams

We shared a picture of young Rabbitohs fan Lylah Williams and Reggie Rabbit at WIN Stadium last Thursday. Lylah is a courageous young girl who loves Reggie and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The image was given to us by Grant Johnson who is a friend of the Williams family and we used it as the cover photo for our Rabbitohs Results article.

Lylahs mum Natalie saw the article on Facebook and was thrilled to see her daughter featured on Rabbitohs Fans TV.

Lylah and Reggie at Win Stadium last week.

“OMG that’s my my Lylah with Reggie!!” said proud mum Natalie. “Lylah said to me tonight – Mama I still love the Rabbitohs, even after what happened”

Lylah loves the Rabbitohs.

After witnessing perhaps the worst first half of football this young lady has seen from her team in her life, her devotion to the mighty Rabbitohs is unwavering.

Natalie continued “You gotta love this kid”

We asked Natalie Williams to talk more about her Lylah and she sent us this:

“Our young Indigenous daughter Lylah, is aged 10 and loves her Rabbitohs team; She loves to watch her mighty Rabbitohs play on tv and when we could, travel up from the South Coast to watch them play at home. Lylah is a Reggie Rabbit fan club member and also a Type 1 Warrior!”

Lylah & dad Brett at the footy.

“Type 1 diabetes came into our life quickly and unexpectedly a few years ago, amid the coronavirus pandemic; on October 28th 2020 when Lylah, our then eight year-old daughter, was rushed to the hospital. She spent close to three weeks in two different paediatric hospital wards getting poked and prodded and pumped full of insulin. My husband and I sat there with tears in our eyes, our hearts aching with sadness and our minds filled with worry of what our future would look like once we left that hospital room. One thing that always bought a smile to her face was watching her beloved Bunnies play.”

“While watching the Rabbitohs play the Roosters one Friday night Lylah asked if any of the boys had Type 1? Can they play if they have diabetes? She asked her Dad.

We follow her favourite players Latrell Mitchell, Alex Johnson, Cody Walker, Keaon Koloamatangi, Cam Murray & Tom Burgess on Instagram but have yet to see any posts about diabetes or players with Type 1.”

Lylah wears her Dexcom G6 sensor.

“Lylah wears a Dexcom G6 sensor that has to be changed every 10 days, this is a continuous glucose monitoring device that is inserted into Lylah’s arm and checks her glucose levels in real time. Lylah’s had some really tough days, both physically & emotionally. Sometimes the site where we inject becomes bruised or bleeds. We have to alternate sites so she doesn’t get infections or lumps under the skin. These can stop the insulin being absorbed and doing its job. Lylah is still very young & adjusting to her diagnosis, She has learnt to inject but her dad and I still need to help her using her junior pen & measuring insulin units & with the finger prick tests for blood glucose levels and other things. We record every test result so we can monitor the changes over time. We measure her food and make sure she eats the correct amount of different types of food according to her insulin level. The right amount changes all the time.”

KFC, Souths Cares & Sunnies – Lylah is a cool kid.

“Even with daily monitoring and injections, Lylah will always be diabetic. Type 1 diabetes is incurable. She will live with this condition for the rest of her life, going to hospital every three months to check her progress and testing and injecting every day to control her blood sugar levels. In the long term she will also have a high risk of complications like diabetic eye diseases, heart and kidney problems. But we try to make her life as normal as possible. We just take it one day at a time and know we have a long journey ahead of us.”

“Lylah has struggled with being different to other kids at school, having to miss out on activities & events due to dangerous low hypo’s that just take their toll on her little body, have her feeling sick, not being able to think or talk properly, feeling weak with tingling in her hands, lips, tongue, arms & legs and finding it harder to move than usual. We have had days/nights of tears and questions, a young girl full of sadness & feelings of depression & hopelessness. It’s a disease that affects the whole family and has meant enormous changes for us all, But Lylah has the most to cope with. It’s her courage and persistence that inspires us all. We are so proud of our wonderful, strong, resilient and brave daughter.”

Easter Bunnie.

“A great organisation that we are in contact with is The Type 1 Foundation on Facebook, they aim to create awareness in the greater community, support families with life saving technology & connect families affected by type 1 Diabetes another is JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). They are working on research for the much needed cure, management and also prevention.””

“Sport & staying active is very important for kids with diabetes to keep BGL steady and keep healthy. Lylah tried out for touch football at school and though she didn’t make it this year she is not discouraged & with more practice with her Dad will try out again next year!”

“Lylah is an orange belt in MMA & trains with her Dad Brett, a proud Wiradjuri man & 3rd Dan black belt in both Full contact Karate & Jujitsu, Brett has supported the West Tigers since he was a young boy just like his Dad so the teasing and rivalry is at full speed when the Bunnies clash the Tigers! It was absolutely fantastic when Benji Marshall her Dad’s favourite player moved to the Bunnies from the Tigers and played so magnificently for the mighty Rabbitohs; Lylah would cheer & cheer for Benji in his Souths jersey & really give it to her Dad!!”

“And in a family full of Rabbitohs supporters going back to Lylah’s Nonna & great uncles who are loud & proud Fenech’s! Just like the Maltese Falcon legend Mario Fenech!! It’s GO RABBITOHS being screamed from the roof tops every time they run out.”

Rabbitohs are number 1.

By Steve Mavin with thanks to Grant Johnson, Natalie Williams & Lylah Williams.

Rabbitohs Results

A mixed weekend of results for our Rabbitohs teams. The first grade were hammered 32-12 by the Dragons on Thursday but our NSW Cup side won again today and moved up to 5th on the ladder, just one win behind the competition leaders Penrith.

Reggie Rabbit & Lylah at WIN Stadium on Thursday night.

The Rabbitohs have the bye next week then take on the 6th placed Eels at Accor Stadium on Super Saturday 7.35pm 2nd July.

The Rabbitohs TV team will be hosting the post match function in the P&O Members Deck.


Gone in the Gong.

A Cody Hodge hat trick continued his sparkling form as our NSW Cup side dismantled the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles with a huge eight tries to two 38-12 victory.

The score line actually flattered the Sea Eagles due to an Isaiah Tass off day with the boot.

Our NSW Cup team have the bye next week then play the 7th placed Eels before the first grade on Saturday 2nd July 5.10pm at Accor Stadium.

8 tries to 2.

Our Jersey Flegg boys started well again scoring tries in the 2nd, 3rd & 10th minute of the game only to be run down by the Sea Eagles 30-26.

The Jersey Flegg also have the bye and will kick off a huge triple header against the 9th placed Eels at Accor Stadium on Saturday the 2nd July at 3.25pm.

A great start not finished off.

Our womens team fought out a thriller against the 2nd placed Mounties, a Terri-Ann Caine try levelling the score at 20 all in the 69th minute.

Akira Kellys conversion to win the game was unsuccessful but it was still a fantastic improved performance by the team.

In two weeks time our women will be striving to celebrate US Independence Day with a victory over St Marys at the NSW Centre of Excellence 7pm on Monday the 4th of July.

20 all!

By Steve Mavin