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

Jack Johns #1160 – South Sydney Player Report

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Kevin James “Lummy” Longbottom #485 – South Sydney Player Report

Jai Arrow revealed Gold Coast teammate ‘butchered’ mullet

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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Steven Marsters – South Sydney Player Report

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Bennett sacking ultimatum brings Marsters back to the light

Les Brennan #421

Les Brennan – South Sydney Player Report

Les Brennan: Rabbitoh No. 421

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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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Col Whelan, Paul Sait & Action Jaxson

On the podcast this week we talk to legendary photographer Col Whelan, our Remembering A Rabbitoh is Paul Sait & we check out our newest Rabbitoh Jaxson Paulo.

Listen to the full episode here

Col Whelan

Famous photographer Col Whelan gives us one of the best interviews we’ve had on the podcast. Cols’ life & times are nothing short of amazing from meeting Nelson Mandela, taking once in a lifetime photos to writing a best selling book on Pubs.

Legendary Snapper Col Whelan Calls It a Day

Historic Tattersalls pub in remote NSW burns down weeks after 93-year-old owner sells up

93-year-old publican calls time at remote New South Wales hotel

The late Mary Crawley. Mary once said “I had never heard of Russell Crowe. Of course if he had been a race horse it would have been different.”

Paul Sait – Rabbitoh #549

Paul Joseph Sait (Saity) #549 was 4th September 1947. Sait went to school at Matraville Public and also played his junior footy for the Matraville Tigers, he is a South Sydney man through & through. Sait worked his way through the grades at Souths and eventually made his debut in round 4 against Wests at Lidcombe Oval in 1968.

One of the most ferocious players to have ever worn the Red and Green, Paul Sait became a fan favourite among the Rabbitohs’ faithful as a versatile competitor from 1968-1978.
In 1969 he come off the bench in the famous loss to the Tigers in the grand final & was unlucky when a controversial no try wasn’t awarded to him late in the game. “Referee Keith Page did us no favours, with the Balmain players going down injured all the time”, he once said. 

In 1970 he played in the centres and marked up against rugby league Immortal Bob Fulton and played well smashing Fulton every chance he got. His form in 1970 saw him rewarded with a spot on the winning Kangaroo World Cup squad. Sait again played in the centres in the 71” grand final win over St George 16-10 & also made his test debut in 71” against the Kiwi’s which was a proud moment for Paul & his family.

When Ron Coote left the club in 72” Sait moved into his preferred position of lock forward at Souths. The same year Sait was again a part of the Australian World Cup squad, putting in one of his finest performances against France where he scored a double in the 31-9 win. In 73” He played in all 3 matches again Great Britain.

Ron Coote said of his former team mate “he was a brilliant player, he had to wait to make his mark in first grade but then he did a terrific job, he played in the centres and also in the forwards or wherever you needed him to play. Sait was a fine attacking player and he could defend too. Sait retired in 1978 the same way he started playing against Wests at Lidcome Oval.

Sait was made a life member of the Rabbitohs in 1991
He is a member of Souths dream team
He was also named in the Souths Juniors team of the century
He captained his beloved Rabbitohs
He was a versatile player who could play front row, second row, lock, 5/8 and in the centres.

Pauls son Paul Jnr aka Stich said “Dad coached Souths lower grades and also the Illawarra Red Devils & La Perouse. I also remember going to Souths games and being in the dressing room & being allowed to sit on the sideline. Dad would take us surfing when we were young, he loved surfing, spearfishing water skiing. Now we just enjoy quiet birthday get togethers”.

Thanks again to Marco Sivis & Brad Ryder for their contributions.

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Paul Joseph “Saity” Sait – South Sydney Player Report

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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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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

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

Blake Solly, the footy is back & Dargan debuts in the Bankwest blockbuster

On the podcast this week we speak to Souths CEO Blake Solly, check out our debutant Troy Dargan & look at the moster clash with the Roosters at Bankwest Stadium.

Blake Solly

Newly appointed Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly is a fine administrator & in our dealings with him he has only ever been welcoming & friendly. We spoke to The Juniors Chairman Keith McCraw about Blake. Keith has put a lot of work into building a close relationship between the junior & senior clubs. Keith said “Blake is an absolute champion & a good operator, we are in good hands”.

South Sydney Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly’s life in rugby league

Blake Solly Wikipedia

Blake Solly appointed Rabbitohs’ CEO

Super League’s revolutionary format is matter of pride to Blake Solly

Last week the Rabbitohs announced Menulog as a sponsor

Troy Dargan

Troy Dargan is a 22 year old former Australian Schoolboy and NSW U20s representative as well as representing Cook Islands at Test level. Dargan played for the Guildford Owls, Wentworthville Magpies, Parramatta Eels, Brisbane Broncos & Norths Devils before arriving at Souths. A highly-regarded junior coming through the ranks at the Eels, Dargan played in the 2014 Australian Schoolboys team alongside the likes of Latrell Mitchell, Brock Lamb and Jayden Brailey and in 2016 was the Eels’ NYC Players’ Player and halfback in the NYC Team of the Year.

In 2018 it was reported that Dargan was considered for the starting half role in Round 1 for the Broncos but his NRL dream wasn’t realised. Dargan said at the time “My dad played footy and I just grew up with a football in my hand. Mum and Dad always say one of the first steps I took as a child was walking to try and kick a footy”.

“Mum and Dad said I used to sleep with a ball under my arm every night so I just grew up with a footy and then when you turn 6 and 7 that’s when you start playing and never looked back.

Take a look at his highlight package in the 2019 QLD Cup (below) & you can’t help but be impressed. Dargan is quick, runs the ball, has magic ball skills & a great left foot kicking game. If he can bring that form to the Rabbitohs he’s going be a star in the NRL. On the podcast last year in Season 1 Episode 12 Grand Final Heroes, Scott Sattler praised Dargan, saying he is a speedy halfback & Wayne Bennett is a big fan.

Troy Dargan Official Profile

Troy Dargan Norths Devils

Troy Dargan Brisbane Broncos

Troy Dargan Junior Career

Troy Dargan ready for makeshift halves role for South Sydney, Rabbitohs captain says

Dargans’ highlights package showcases a young gun that could be set to explode on the NRL scene

‘We’ve seen more violence over toilet rolls’: Crowe defends Walker, backs Bennett’s ‘leadership’

Ken Smith from NG Farah on the 3rd hole at the Coast
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Rabbitoh Of The Week

Michael Gibson

Mick & Blake at Bourke Street Bakery Kirrawee
Rabbitohs fans Chloe & Blake

We spoke to Michael ‘Gibbo’ Gibson about his life as a Rabbitohs supporter. Gibbo is a regular at Bourke Street Bakery & says “If you like mochas and hot chocs you will love the Bourke Street Bakery ones because they use real chocolate buds in there instead of chocolate powder, hardly any joints do that”.

“I’m an inner city boy fell & in love with Rabbitohs in late 80’s while living at Woolloomooloo. I grew up in The Rocks/Millers Point (Ex Rabbitoh Chris Caruana is from same area).”

“My mother and family are Carrions & grew up in Douglas and Mount Streets in Redfern. My uncles Ray and Roy Carrion were Souths fans.”

“My favourite Souths players over the years are Phil Blake for his individual brilliance and Tugger for his craftiness in the late 80’s. I also loved watching Tricky Trindall in the 90’s, he was probably my favourite player to watch of all of them, he was a standout when we were doing it tough. I liked watching John Sutton come through mid 2000’s especially at 5’8, I loved his skill set and left hand offload & more recently watching Cam Murray in attack and defence has been amazing.”

“I haven’t got a favourite moment but just having a quality team to follow each year is my highlight and one that my kids are excited to follow especially after those dark years we had, that’s what I’m happy about. I predict another grand final win before Wayne retires.”

“My kids Chloe and Blake are now mad Rabbitohs fans even though we moved out of the Souths area 2 years ago. My son Blake loves Cody Walker and wants to be him all the time, even my daughter pretends to be John Sutton when they are running around tackling each other.”

“I walked out to my first amateur fight with Reggie Rabbit leading me out to the sounds of Glory Glory. This was a highlight of my sporting life by far.” Michael Gibson

Watch Charlie rabbit lead Mick into battle
Gibbo sparring Luke Burgess
Gibbo making his big entrance with Charlie Rabbit

The Juniors is opening its doors on Monday 1st of June 2020

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

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