It’s Thursday the 16th of September 2021 & there’s 3 huge online events occurring today. Thanks to the beauty of technology you can take part in 1, 2 or all 3!
The first live event is a special edition of our weekly ‘Suttos Say’ segment.
This afternoon from 3.30pm will be the first live edition of Suttos Say allowing you to interact with our 2014 Grand Final winning captain.
Prize winner Keiran Macklin will be joining us too after he subscribed by email to our website & was drawn out at random on our ‘Team List Tuesday’ show.
During the show today in the live chat section you can show your appreciation & make your comment stand out by purchasing YouTube’s Super Chat & Super Stickers. Prices start at $2 & range up to $50 or more. This is a good way to help out the team at Rabbitohs TV and an even better way to interact with us.
We give everyone a live shoutout that sends us a Super Chat or Super Sticker on the show & today you can ask John Sutton a question that he will respond to using this new feature.
Click HERE to visit Rabbitohs TV & join us from 3.30pm.
Events 2 & 3 both take place at the same time but this won’t prevent you from taking part in both simultaneously, here’s why.
Adam Reynolds home auction brought to you by NG Farah Real Estate is taking place via Zoom from 6.30pm & The Juniors Jumbo Online Raffle is also on at 6.30pm. Tickets for the online raffle can be pre purchased with no need to actually watch the live draw so this will allow you to get involved with both events at the same time.
We promoted the sale of our departing club captains home this week in an article comparing it to Graceland, the famous dwelling of the one & only Elvis. This is a rare opportunity for a Souths fans to buy & live in the home of a Rabbitohs legend.
Details of todays Zoom auction can be found HERE.
If you aren’t in the market to buy then you can join Anthony Maroon from Triple M who will be drawing $3k in prizes live on The Juniors Facebook page from 6.30pm.
It’s a fun show with our man Maroon & you can interact with him via the text hotline on 0403 589 404.
Pre purchase your tickets for The Juniors Online Raffle HERE.
Today Grant Chappell paid a visit to the Heffron Park site where work has begun on the South Sydney Rabbitohs new home.
We’ll keep you updated as work progresses right here on our website.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for their Qualifying Final against the Penrith Panthers to be played this Saturday 11 September at 7:50pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Wayne Bennett has made nine changes to the Rabbitohs’ top 17 that defeated the Dragons in the final round of the regular season last weekend.
Jaydn Su’A will play his 50th NRL game in South Sydney colours this Saturday night having made his club debut against the Sea Eagles in round 17, 2019.
Keaon Koloamatangi makes a welcome return from suspension to the 2nd row, Blake Taaffe keeps the fullback spot & Jaxson Paulo retains the right wing position.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Saturday’s clash with the Panthers is:
1 Blake Taaffe
2 Alex Johnston
3 Dane Gagai
4 Campbell Graham
5 Jaxson Paulo
6 Cody Walker
7 Adam Reynolds (c)
8 Mark Nicholls
9 Damien Cook
10 Junior Tatola
11 Keaon Koloamatangi
12 Jaydn Su’A
13 Cameron Murray
14 Benji Marshall 15 Jacob Host
16 Thomas Burgess 17 Jai Arrow
18 Jed Cartwright 19 Braidon Burns
20 Lachlan Ilias 21 Patrick Mago
Head Coach – Wayne Bennett
“Good team, mobile forwards.” Grant Chappell
“I like Su’A he’s aggressive in defence, put some hits on. Our defence will win this game.” Darren Brown
Our spine is the key here, if Cookie, Reyno, Cody & Taaffy have big games we win.” Steve Mavin
Win a Zoom chat with South Sydney legend John Sutton.
Rabbitohs TV will be giving away an opportunity to join us on our weekly show ‘Suttos Say’ plus 2 of our stubby holders.
To enter you must subscribe via email to our website on the link below 🔻
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Entries close on Tuesday the 14th of September & there will be a live draw on Rabbitohs TV YouTube at 4pm. Existing subscribers are eligible & will be included in the draw too.
Suttos Say will be scheduled for Thursday 16th September (time to be confirmed).
Good luck ❤💚🐰
Chaps, Mavo & Browny
Yesterday was a great day for our Rabbitohs TV YouTube channel because we hit that magical 1000 subscriber total.
We want to thank everyone who has helped us along the way, listeners, viewers, fans, readers & everyone else who has taken the time to help us out. You are legends!
You can look forward to seeing even more exclusive content, community page & our live videos are coming soon.
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It’s Father’s Day tomorrow & this 55 year old image of the 1966 Jersey Flegg Premiers features Les Brown, father of Darren from Rabbitohs Radio. Another young player pictured is Frank Curry (father of Ben & Luke) who both played for (#580) & coached the Rabbitohs.
We’ll be presenting a Father’s Day special tomorrow with a recap of the Dragons clash, interviews with Les Brown, Reg Chappell & Dick Mavin, our Remembering A Rabbitoh is league legend Harry Wells & we preview our massive finals week one showdown with the Panthers.
One other reason we present this photo is that 4 members of our victorious 2019 Jersey Flegg team will be playing tonight, Jaxson Paulo, Blake Taaffe, Lachlan Ilias & Peter Mamouzelos. Good luck boys & up the mighty Rabbitohs.
24 year old Jordan Mailata has come a long way.
15874km to be precise from Redfern Oval in South Sydney Australia to Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia USA.
“This is one of the great Australian sport stories.”
“When he arrived at the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2017 Mailata was 6 foot eight and 166 kg but got his weight down to 140kg to play in the NYC (National Youth Competition).”
“When I first saw him I couldn’t believe how big he was” says club legend John Sutton.
“I had to go & get Sam (Burgess) to come & have a look, he was massive.”
Like the majority of Aussies, Mailata knew next to nothing about the NFL having previously only “watched a few games & some highlights.”
To Jordan Mailata the NFL was just one “big mystery” as he put it.
Mailata played rugby league for the Bankstown Bulls in Sydney as a young bloke & his major opposition in that competition came from a Mascot side coached by my cost host on Rabbitohs Radio Darren Brown.
“Our champion Mascot team had my son Jaiden & talented players like Siosifa Talakai, Reimis Smith & Billy Magoulias who have all gone on to play in the NRL but back then Jordan was a damaging runner of the ball, hard to tackle & always the biggest bloke on the field.”
Mailatas’ playing contract at the Rabbitohs was $12k & a new offer was on the table.
Ultimately, Mailata declined the contract from the Rabbitohs. There was no bad sentiment between Mailata and the club after the contract offer, as Mailata stated “They gave me a chance so without them I wouldn’t be here.”
After seeing clips of him playing rugby league, NFL executives invited Mailata to try out for their International Player Pathway Program.
So Jordan took off to the USA to try & make it in the NFL.
Mailata landed in an intensive training program at the IMG Academy learning off people like offensive line coach Paul Dunn (yes same name as the Bulldogs legend).
Mailatas’ progress impressed team scouts across the USA with his amazing agility for a man his size & there was interest from Washington, Pittsburg & others but it was still somewhat of a long shot when the Philadelphia Eagles traded up in the 7th round of 2018 NFL draft to pick him.
In around 100 years of NFL drafts no foreign player with zero experience had ever been drafted.
The Eagles did exactly that & to add an extra layer of intrigue he was selected to play in the specialist position at left tackle made famous around the world by the movie ‘The Blind Side’ which tells the Michael Oher story.
That movie was the only other experience with the NFL that Jordan Mailata could recall & incredibly there is a similarity in both Oher & Mailatas’ journey to American footballs biggest stage.
Michael Oher famously rose from poverty to play left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens with the help of Leigh Anne Tuohy & her family. (Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for the role.)
Jordan Mailata collapsed twice at training as a 17 year old & it was discovered that he needed two heart operations.
The chances of a young Michael & Jordan making an NFL team 53 man roster then gaining a starting spot were extremely remote, almost zero..but they did it. (yes I did just use the words Michael & Jordan in this paragraph.)
In 2018 before the NFL draft Jordan Mailata said “Even though this (game) is all foreign to me I will catch up. I didn’t come to take part man, I come to take over.”
His contract now is worth $1.2 million but a major upgrade is on the way with the highest paid players in the position earning over $20 million per annum.
49ers left tackle Trent Williams earns $23,010,000 per year.
Mailata has won the coveted starting left tackle role protecting quarterback Jalen Hurts blindside. Jordans’ job is to make sure Hurts doesn’t get hurt.
In another unbelievable twist he beat 2019 No.1 draft pick (22nd overall) Andre Dillard for the job.
In the 2018 draft Mailata was taken 233rd overall.
This sensational turn of events just highlights Mailatas massive achievement.
Dillard went to college at powerhouse football school Washington State. He started 29 games at left tackle for the Washington State Cougars who compete in the top level NCAA Division 1.
Around the same time Jordan Mailata was playing under 20s rugby league for the Bunnies in Sydney & had never played a second of American football.
My mate Paul Rigoni has been to Philly & loves the place. He said –
“Don’t forget to mention in your story that Philadelphia is the city of brotherly love & the great fighting city of working class people like South Sydney.”
“I know everything about Philly!! So much American history there. It’s where the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Philly was the original capital of the US not New York before Washington DC was built.”
“Philly is an awesome city where people love their sport, both teams (Phillies & Eagles) previously played at the old Veterans Stadium in south Philly but it was a really bad area lots of crime so they basically redeveloped the whole area & built three new Stadiums.” (South Philadelphia Sports Complex).
“It’s a bit like Homebush now but it’s only two minutes from the Philadelphia CBD with just two train stops.”
“Jordan could be mates with the Aussie Ben Simmons because he plays for the 76s.”
Mailata made his NFL debut in the 2020 season & if the Eagles start winning games when the 2021 season starts next week, I’m pretty sure that Jordan Mailata will have no shortage of mates in his new home town.
By Steve Mavin
The one & only time the Rabbitohs defeated the Roosters in a season decider was on this day in 1908, the historic first year of the competition.
The story of that amazing year was covered in our article & video on Rabbitoh player number 1 Arthur Hennessy below.
We also talk more about the 1908 season in our feature on Rabbitoh number 2 Tommy Anderson, the first man to score a try for the foundation club.