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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Steven Marsters #1161

Steven Marsters Wikipedia

Steven Marsters – South Sydney Player Report

Steven Marsters Career Stats

Bennett sacking ultimatum brings Marsters back to the light

Les Brennan #421

Les Brennan – South Sydney Player Report

Les Brennan: Rabbitoh No. 421

RABBITOHS 56 – SEA EAGLES 16 – ROUND 15 – SATURDAY 22ND AUGUST 2020

The Rooster Demolition, Jaydn Su’A, Jaxson Paulo, Les ‘Chicka’ Cowie & The Knights Sudden Death Showdown. RABBITOHS RADIO

We are proud to present our 50th show, a big milestone for the podcast & we wish to thank everyone who has listened & supported us since we began in July 2019. Also a big thanks to all the people who have given up their time to share their stories with us on the show, every one of you have added an extra dimension to the listening experience we present each week. On the podcast this week we recap the record 60-8 hammering of the Roosters, we talk to Rabbitohs enforcer Jaydn Su’A & exciting winger Jaxson Paulo, our remembering a Rabbitoh is Les ‘Chicka’ Cowie & we preview the sudden death semi final clash with the Knights. https://rabbitohsradio.com.au/2020/09/24/the-rooster-demolition-jaydn-sua-jaxson-paulo-les-chicka-cowie-the-knights-sudden-death-showdown/
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  2. Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks
  3. Katie Brown, Lex, Women In League, Phil Blake & the Bulldogs
  4. Jack Johns, Lummy & the Tigers
  5. Mark Nicholls, Eric Lewis & The Storm
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Mr There and Back: How Col Whelan got hitched to Souths, photography and life on the road

Colin Whelan was a rugby league photographer for 34 years. He’s also an author, traveller and brilliant story-teller. Steve Mavin, co-host of the Rabbitohs Radio Podcast, so enjoyed listening to Col’s yarns on the show that he wrote up a yarn so good it needs three parts. This is the first one. It begins with Whelan hitch-hiking across Australia, ends with a favour from “Break Even” Bill Mordey. Enjoy the ride. 

During my career playing for the Rabbitohs in the late 80s and early 90s, Col Whelan was always on the sideline taking pictures. 

Although I’d say hello we never really got to know each other, and it’s only since he joined our Facebook group Rabbitohs Radio Podcast Listeners that we began to regularly communicate. 

Col has also graciously shared many old Souths images from his lifetime behind the lens, and we’ve been lapping up the interesting commentary it generates.

The Rabbitohs Radio Podcast team – Grant ChappellDarren Brown and myself – interviewed Col in our studio in June. As soon as our chat began we knew it was going to be a great one.

And while it’s very hard to do justice to telling the stories of a master story-teller, I’m going to have a crack.

Colin Whelan was born in Sydney in 1951 but grew up without rugby league in Adelaide and then in Perth. In 1963 the Whelan family moved back to Sydney, lived in Kensington and Col enrolled at Sydney Boys High where in 1964 he discovered rugby and rugby league.

And hitch-hiking.

Col started hitching from an early age after being inspired by Jack Kerouac‘s On The Road. Aged 13, to honour a bet with a mate, Col stuck out his thumb to see if he could hitch rides from Sydney to Perth and back. He completed the feat in eleven days. He had his mother’s blessing.

The adventure instilled a love of travelling in Col and an appreciation for “the intimacy of the road”.

Les from La Perouse was Col’s first mate at school. Les had only one stipulation about their friendship: “You have to barrack for Souths”. So Col did and they remain good mates to this day. 

The night before the famous 1965 grand final between the Dragons and Rabbitohs – the one that saw a record crowd of 78,056 cram into the SCG – Col and Les left school, walked across Moore Park in their uniforms, and slept behind the Brewongle Stand. In the morning the boys emerged undetected and watched the game. So the crowd figure should be 78,058!

Experiences like this, Whelan said, meant he was “bitten by the red and green monster, and there was no antidote.”

In 1969 Col became the first (and still only) Prefect to be expelled from Sydney Boys High because of his refusal to stop protesting against the war in Vietnam.

Col had begun drinking in pubs after school and became a regular at Jim Buckley’s Newcastle Hotel on George St, The Rocks. At this establishment he met several brilliant authors who would shape his life.

At the Newcastle Col met Donald Horne who’d written The Lucky Country in 1964, Germaine Greer whose breakout book The Female Eunuch came out in 1972, and Frank Hardy (below) whose Power Without Glory is one of the most infamous books in Australian history.

Frank Hardy left his Marx on the sands of the northern beaches ...

Col was taken under Frank’s wing and learned the etiquette of pubs; about drinking and of shouting. He learned about telling yarns. He learned the difference between telling stories and sharing them. He learned to listen. 

Col went to work at the Commodore Tavern in North Sydney which he described as “a working-class pub that was very rough”.

One day George the publican asked Col to check what was blocking the toilet. Col discovered a Beretta pistol was hidden in the pull-chain cistern. George told Col to leave it there. A few days later it was gone, no-one the wiser about its owner.

The highlight of Col’s working week was when the beer truck arrived each Thursday with Paul Sait and Ron Coote delivering the amber fluid.

“I’d see two of my heroes and they were just normal blokes, real down-to-earth guys,” Whelan said. “I was working once a week with my idols, the guys I’d watch play on the weekend.”

Col went to Macquarie University from 1970-72 and played rugby union. When he left he hitchhiked (of course) from Burma (now Thailand) to Copenhagen in Sweden, a trip which took him across Afghanistan and other places now off limits.

He hitchhiked to North Africa and the Middle East. He followed the Grateful Dead’s tour of Europe and developed a love of opium and hashish. He spent five months working on an opium farm in Turkey and six months on a hashish plantation in Lebanon’s Beka’a Valley.

He was briefly held by the Syrian secret police for photographing where he shouldn’t have been. He headed to Jordan and Israel. He worked with Bedouins. He lived on a kibbutz in the Negev desert.

In 1976 Col returned home to Sydney with an Israeli woman, Naomi, who became his wife and the mother of their twins, a boy Jesse and daughter Natalie who were born in 1988 through IVF. 

And he wondered what to do.

“I came home and thought what do I want to do?” Whelan said. “I had an interest in football and photography so I started teaching myself how to take photos.

“I started snapping pics at rugby games but at first I was terrible. So I would just give my photos away to players. There was no money in it.”

One day a phone call came from Gary Pearse that would change Col’s life. Pearse, a former Wallabies backrower, worked in marketing for Winfield, needed a photographer for the company’s new Winfield Cup sponsorship. After seeing Col’s action shots, a job offer came from John Quayle at the NSWRL followed by an opportunity at Big League Magazine thanks to “Break Even” Bill Mordey.

And a super sports snapper was born.

Stay tuned for Part 2 in which we talk to Col about his adventures as an NRL photographer, and Part 3 in which we talk about his cracking book about bush pubs. You can follow Col Whelan on Facebook at Nothing But The Pub or email him to say hello at idrink@nothingbutthepub.com.

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Special thanks to Matt Cleary from League Whistle

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.

Peter Tunks

Peter Tunks Wikipedia

“Blocker Always Started It”: Peter Tunks Recalls His Fierce Rivalry With Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach

2SM Talkin Sport

Greg Hawick First Grade Player #397

Greg Hawick Wikipedia

Vale Greg Hawick

The Ultimate Utility: Greg Hawick

Greg Hawick Museaum Of The Riverina

GREG HAWICK MEN OF LEAGUE

Alexandria Rovers “Best Of” Team

Greg Hawick Rugby League Project

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-

Gregory Rawson “Greg” “Megsie” Hawick – South Sydney Player Report

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The Rooster Demolition, Jaydn Su’A, Jaxson Paulo, Les ‘Chicka’ Cowie & The Knights Sudden Death Showdown. RABBITOHS RADIO

We are proud to present our 50th show, a big milestone for the podcast & we wish to thank everyone who has listened & supported us since we began in July 2019. Also a big thanks to all the people who have given up their time to share their stories with us on the show, every one of you have added an extra dimension to the listening experience we present each week. On the podcast this week we recap the record 60-8 hammering of the Roosters, we talk to Rabbitohs enforcer Jaydn Su’A & exciting winger Jaxson Paulo, our remembering a Rabbitoh is Les ‘Chicka’ Cowie & we preview the sudden death semi final clash with the Knights. https://rabbitohsradio.com.au/2020/09/24/the-rooster-demolition-jaydn-sua-jaxson-paulo-les-chicka-cowie-the-knights-sudden-death-showdown/
  1. The Rooster Demolition, Jaydn Su’A, Jaxson Paulo, Les ‘Chicka’ Cowie & The Knights Sudden Death Showdown.
  2. Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks
  3. Katie Brown, Lex, Women In League, Phil Blake & the Bulldogs
  4. Jack Johns, Lummy & the Tigers
  5. Mark Nicholls, Eric Lewis & The Storm

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

South Sydney Rabbitohs Victory Song

The South Sydney Rabbitohs broke their 3 game losing streak on Saturday afternoon 13th June 2020 at Bankwest Stadium, Sydney with a 32-12 victory over the Gold Coast Titans.

This victory song has traditionally been sung by the team for decades dating back to the Bunnies glory days. We can’t give you the exact date it began to be used but perhaps there’s a Bunnies historian reading this now that could enlighten us. Mavo & Browny love singing the tune because it brings back memories of wins with their mates.

The songs lyrics are-

“Now that we’re all around the bar
And the captains declared it a quorum
We’re drinking our way through the night
And we’re having the time of our lives
Throw the empties away start again, start again
For the boys of South of South Sydney are together
And we’ll drink til the dawn breaks again
May the sessions of South Sydney last forever
Up the Rabbitohs!”

Blake Solly speaks about his life as a Rabbitoh

Mark ‘Spudd’ Carroll & the countdown to kickoff.

Mark Carroll

On the show this week we speak to rugby league legend Mark ‘Spudd” Carroll.

Spudd kicks his one & only field goal & that famous clash with the Chief

Mark Carroll Wikipedia

Mark Carroll Career Stats

Matty Johns reveals extent of infamous feud between Paul Harragon and Mark Carroll

Mark Carroll gets passionate about fitness through his Sydney gym

‘He saw red’: What made Cody Walker snap and fly-kick a man on the street

James Roberts’ partner opens up as Souths star aims to play just 7 days after rehab

Pride Of The League – The history of South Sydney

The Rooster Demolition, Jaydn Su’A, Jaxson Paulo, Les ‘Chicka’ Cowie & The Knights Sudden Death Showdown. RABBITOHS RADIO

We are proud to present our 50th show, a big milestone for the podcast & we wish to thank everyone who has listened & supported us since we began in July 2019. Also a big thanks to all the people who have given up their time to share their stories with us on the show, every one of you have added an extra dimension to the listening experience we present each week. On the podcast this week we recap the record 60-8 hammering of the Roosters, we talk to Rabbitohs enforcer Jaydn Su’A & exciting winger Jaxson Paulo, our remembering a Rabbitoh is Les ‘Chicka’ Cowie & we preview the sudden death semi final clash with the Knights. https://rabbitohsradio.com.au/2020/09/24/the-rooster-demolition-jaydn-sua-jaxson-paulo-les-chicka-cowie-the-knights-sudden-death-showdown/
  1. The Rooster Demolition, Jaydn Su’A, Jaxson Paulo, Les ‘Chicka’ Cowie & The Knights Sudden Death Showdown.
  2. Luke Curry, Ken Stewart & the Chooks
  3. Katie Brown, Lex, Women In League, Phil Blake & the Bulldogs
  4. Jack Johns, Lummy & the Tigers
  5. Mark Nicholls, Eric Lewis & The Storm

Craig ‘Tugger’ Coleman


On the podcast this week we talk to Rabbitohs legend Craig ‘Tugger’ Coleman & discuss all the big issues at South Sydney & the NRL.

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Craig Coleman

Craig Coleman Wikipedia

Craig Coleman Career Stats & Summary

Don Cameron says: I saw Tugger grow up loving his football as a kid and as a senior player with South Sydney. There were some tough players that wore the red and green John Sattler, Les Davidson, David Boyle, Micheal Andrews but non tougher than Craig, he never took a backward step he had no fear. (28/12/2016) Rugby League Project

Legend Q&A: Craig Coleman

Captain in Focus: Craig Coleman

1989 Rabbitohs: Where are they now?

Latrell Mitchell & Josh Addo-Carr caught camping & fined

Get well soon Les Smith

Mavos mate Les Smith had an horrific accident with a circular saw at home in Canberra last Saturday. Les nearly lost 3 fingers & needed a 10 hour operation. Les is as mad a Rabbitoh as you will ever find & along with wife Cindy they often travel from the nations capital down to Rabbitohs games. Get well soon mate.

Not all were stars but NRL coaches make dream team

Chaps, Browny & Mavo work together as wharfies at Port Botany in Sydney. A lot of their workmates are former rugby league players so they have compiled a wharfie dream team that would surely be hard to beat. Can anyone out there match this team from their workplace?

Crash & The Crapenters Self Titled Album

Glenn Farah does his 25 push ups on Anzac Day 2020

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JD – Rabbitohs Assistant Coach Jason Demetriou

This weeks podcast features JD aka Rabbitohs assistant coach Jason Demetriou. Jason talks about his incredible rugby league journey as a player & coach that’s taken him around the world, across Australia & back to Redfern. JD shares the story about the first time he met Wayne Bennett, gives us an insight into the day his try helped save Wakefield Trinity, his time working with superstar Johnathan Thurston plus lots more. This one is an absolute beauty, don’t miss it 🎙

Jason Demetriou

Jason Demetriou Wikipedia

Jason Demetriou Career Stats

‘Good piece of business’: Demetriou to take Bennett’s place

Why Souths are convinced Demetriou won’t suffer post-Bennett blues

Chorley Lynx

Jason Demitriou played for the Keighley Cougars 2011-12 scoring 10 tries.

Todd Greenberg

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg steps down as league faces coronavirus test

Hooper: Todd Greenberg was a political card shark who had no option but to walk

Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess reveals 2014 Grand Final heroics could have cost him his eye

Latrell & Teddy

Latrell v Tedesco tipped to headline rebooted NRL season with Souths taking on Roosters

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 03: James Tedesco & Latrell Mitchell of the Blues pose for a portrait during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin Media Opportunity at Luna Park on June 3, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.
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Ian Roberts, Johnny Lewis and the return of the Rabbitohs



On the podcast this week we interview two legends, Ian Roberts & Johhny Lewis plus we take a look at plans to kick start the NRL.

Ian Roberts

Ian Roberts Wikipedia

Rugby league legend Ian Roberts discovers permanent brain damage after testing

Ian Roberts speaks about being an openly gay man in the NRL, the tragedy that made him come out

‘I would be so deeply offended and hurt’: Ian Roberts says no to NRL return for Folau

The Year that Made Me: Ian Roberts, 1984

Legend Q&A: Ian Roberts

Johnny Lewis

Johnny Lewis Wikipedia

Australian trainer Johnny Lewis inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame

Legendary boxing trainer Johnny Lewis talks boxing, rugby league and Kostya v Fenech

Back row – Terry Hill, Geordi Peats, Johnny Lewis, Manoa Thompson
Front row – Nat Wood, Jeff Fenech, Darrel Trindall, Kostya Tszyu

Darby Brown

On the show we talk about boxing legend Darby Brown the uncle of Les Brown, Brownys dad.

Darby Brown Wikipedia

Darby Brown Boxing Record

George Barnes v Darby Brown
Rabbitoh Of The Week is Scott Singles