On our huge show this week we feature 2 of the greatest rugby league players of all time Peter Tunks & Greg Hawick.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
On this weeks show we talk to our newest Rabbitoh, first grade player number 1157 Keaon Koloamatangi & welcome back Cody Walker & James ‘Jimmy The Jet’ Roberts. We also look forward to the debut of another rising star in our forward ranks Patrick ‘Pati’ Mago.
Ziggy is one of the touch judges in the Titans clash, lets hope he listened to our Ziggy podcast last week!
Remembering A Rabbitoh
This weeks Remebering A Rabbitoh is first grade player number 153, 5 time premiership winner the legendary George Treweek.
- Fullback Clive Churchill
- Winger Harold Horder
- Centre Herb Gilbert
- Centre Paul Sait
- Winger Ian Moir
- Five-eighth Jim Lisle
- Halfback Bob Grant
- Lock Ron Coote
- Second row Bob McCarthy
- Second row George Treweek
- Prop John O’Neill
- Hooker Elwyn Walters
- Prop John Sattler (c)
- Reserve Greg Hawick
- Reserve Ray Branighan
- Reserve Ian Roberts
- Reserve Les Cowie
- Coach Jack Rayner
Rabbitoh Of The Week
RIP Toni Mavin
On the show this week we speak to rugby league legend Mark ‘Spudd” Carroll.
On the podcast this week we speak to Rabbitohs forward Junior Tatola, discuss the Zoom boom, mention NRL referee Gavin Badger plus lots more.
On the show we talk about the explosion in popularity of Zoom communication.
We intent to get ‘The Badge’ on the podcast soon for a chat.
NICK LONERGANS SOUTHS JUNIOR TEAM
This song is by Rod Keady & Steve Smith. It’s track 5 from the CD ‘Glory Of South Sydney’ & is presented here courtesy of Laughing Outlaw Records. #RabbitohsRadio #GloryGlory
We are proud to bring you two great interviews this week with Mario Fenech & Anthony Maroon. We also look ahead to the Rabbitohs sudden death clash with Manly at ANZ Stadium.
One of the most whole-hearted players to play club football, many people still wonder how the durable hooker/forward Mario Fenech did not win a Test jersey during his career. Fenech was chosen in two President’s XIII sides (against Papua New Guinea in 1985 and Great Britain in 1988) and represented NSW but Test honours eluded him. His stay with English club Bradford in 1986-87 was certainly short – he played in just two matches, the first as a prop against the visiting Kangaroos – before returning home. Fenech’s early career was plagued by a hot-headed temperament (few can forget his duels with opposing hooker Ben Elias) but Souths’ coach George Piggins appointed the firebrand hooker captain (echoes of John Sattler) with great results. Fenech took on the role with great pride and maturity, taking the club to the minor premiership in 1989. That year, he was Jack Gibson’s preferred hooker in NSW’s State of Origin team but a broken hand cost him a place on the Australian tour of NZ (his NSW replacement, David Trewhella, toured instead). The following year, with Souths in financial crisis, Fenech made the difficult decision to join Norths. Despite his great form in the front row for the Bears during 1991, he was constantly ignored for State of Origin duty. The following year was interrupted by injury and despite being one of the club’s best players in 1993-94 he was released at the end of the 1994 season due to salary cap restrictions. Fenech was an inspiration to the club’s younger forwards in the win over defending premiers Brisbane in the 1994 semi-finals. Moving to newly-formed South Queensland Crushers in 1995, he had a slow start to the season and was relieved of the captaincy before being relegated to the interchange bench. Fenech was starting to hit top form when he broke his collarbone and cut ties with the club at the end of the season to concentrate on a career in the media and later, the NRL. Autobiography, Personal Best (1993), written by younger brother Steve Fenech, a journalist with News Ltd. & now with https://www.techguide.com.au/
– ALAN WHITICKER
Anthony Maroon grew up in Redfern, is a lifelong South Sydney Rabbitohs supporter & his cousin Darren Maroon played 1st grade for Souths. Maroons’ radio career began in 1989 at 2NZ Inverell, NSW & his career path then took him to further around the state to stations at Goulbourn, Wollongong & finally to Sydney where he’s been a popular star at Triple M for over 20 years (with a short stint at Vega 95.3). Maroon has become one of the best rugby league callers in the game & he’s an integral part of the Triple M Footy team. Maroon hosts brilliant trivia events & he’s an awesome MC who can arrange a star studded line-up of speakers to any event. Maroon also loves his cars & his latest vehicle is a Chevrolet Camaro.
To book Anthony Maroon for your next Trivia Night or to MC your event email –firstname.lastname@example.org
In this episode we speak to Souths legend Bob McCarthy. The interview takes place in a noisy Coogee cafe but it’s still a tremendous chat with one of the greatest ever Rabbitohs. Long time Souths trainer Terry Coulits gives us some interesting insights into what goes on behind the scenes at Redfern.
The advent of limited tackle football in 1967 saw Bob McCarthy revolutionise the role of the second row forward. While most back-rowers were content to stay in tight and make their runs close to the ruck McCarthy was one of the first forwards to stand wide and make his devastating bursts out in the centres. A scorer of over 100 tries for Souths (the second forward to do so after the great Frank Burge), club captain John Sattler rated McCarthy the greatest blind-side forward in the world. The national selectors, however, were slow to recognise his talent. The athletically built forward came through Souths’ junior ranks in the early 1960s and was a member of the young Rabbitohs team that was beaten by St George in the 1965 grand final. Under the guidance of coach Clive Churchill McCarthy was given greater freedom to skirt wide (his memorable intercept try that turned the tide of the 1967 grand final came from his unorthodox positioning on the field). Incredibly, he was omitted from the Kangaroo squad selected on grand final night that year. A vital cog in the champion Souths teams that won premierships in 1967-68 & 1970-71, (he was coming back from injury in 1968 and had to be content with a reserve grade premiership), McCarthy made his Test debut on the Australian Tour of NZ in 1969. The season’s leading try-scorer in 1970 with 15 tries, he scored another vital try to wrap up the 1971 grand final against St George after linking brilliantly with Ron Coote. McCarthy was a member of Australia’s World Cup squads in 1970 and 1972 and was vice-captain of the 1973 Kangaroos. He captained Australia in the Second Test win over Great Britain and scored a defiant try before injuring his shoulder. His last of 10 Test appearances was against Great Britain in 1974 and while a host of champion players left Souths during the early 1970s McCarthy at first remained to captained the club. During the disastrous 1975 season that led to Clive Churchill’s resignation McCarthy took over as caretaker coach. After a club record number of first grade games to his credit he reluctantly left Souths and signed with C’bury the following year. McCarthy stoically led the Bulldogs in two competitive seasons but returned to Souths at the instigation of coach Jack Gibson in 1978. The following year he played in two trials for Easts but injury finally caught up with him. Awarded the MBE in 1977 McCarthy coached successfully in Brisbane after his retirement as a player. He was G’Coast’s initial coach in 1988-90 but his return to Souths at the start of the 1994 season proved to be short-lived. Souths won the pre-season competition that year but McCarthy’s position as sole coach was changed to accommodate football manager Alan Jones and reserve grade coach Ken Shine and McCarthy stood down after the opening rounds of the season citing health reasons. The most exciting ball-running forward of the new era of limited tackles McCarthy rose to a position on the NRL Judiciary and then as Chairman of the NSW and Australian Selection Panels.
– ALAN WHITICKER