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.
This Rabbitohs victory song has traditionally been sung by the players in the dressing room after a win dating back to the Bunnies glory days.
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!”
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
On this weeks show we review the great win in New Zealand against the Warriors across the ditch. We also went down to Metricon Stadium (Redfern Oval) last Saturday to watch the pathways games and we caught up with some passionate platinum members including the other Wayne Bennett who travelled for over 10 hours from Pottsville on the far north coast of NSW to come down to watch the footy.
We also caught up with Silky & Co. from Roosters Radio & review the upcoming local derby with the Roosters and much more.
RABBITOH OF THE WEEK: (The other) WAYNE BENNETT, platinum member #1866 of Pottsville NSW.
Also in contention for Rabbitoh Of The Week were Steve SSTID Moore for his amazing Bunnies collection & Josh Kemp, Wayne ‘Cloudie’ Dolling, Michael Tasker & Kevin Smith from the Burrow for making the trip across the ditch to watch the Rabbits In NZ. Top stuff lads