Alas poor Bunnies

I could not bear to watch….

Keeping an eye on the game via the rolling summaries on ABC Sport I eventually posted my tipping outcome for the day ten minutes before the final siren.

Not a great start for tipping either… Do note the doubt I had expressed on the Tuesday I made my selections…

On Facebook my running comment was:

The Bunnies are in all sorts of trouble… At half-time 26-0 Melbourne in front! 10 minutes into the 2nd half things had not improved: 36-0! 😢🐰 With 20 minutes to go it’s 40-0! I think the doom is in…. Yep, 46-0 with 10 minutes left. With NINE minutes to go The Storm did it again! 50-0! 😢😢🐰 Cricket score time, alas! That was the final score.

All sorts of records were broken, as the ABC reports.

Melbourne star Josh Addo-Carr has made history by becoming the first player to score six tries during an elite-level Australian rugby league game in more than 70 years.

The NSW Origin winger returned the remarkable haul in a 50-0 demolition of South Sydney, putting the Rabbitohs’ NRL premiership hopes in serious doubt.

No team in history has conceded 50 points in a season and gone on to win the premiership that year.

In a miserable night for the depleted Rabbitohs, Addo-Carr ran riot on the right edge with four tries in the first half and two in the second.

Addo-Carr is the first player to score six tries in a game since Jack Troy did it for Newtown in 1950 .

The 50-point victory brought to an end Souths’ seven-game winning streak after injuries ravaged their side through the week.

Perhaps the Bunnies need to get this guy back:


Oh those Bunnies!

My footy tipping at Illawarra Leagues has not been spectacularly successful After the recently completed Round 7 I ranked 96 out of 136 tipsters. I might add that no-one tipped all the winners in Round 7! However, now we have Round 8 and I made a good start last night. So did the South Sydney Rabbitohs, aka The Bunnies, with their seventh win in a row!

Believe those tips at your own risk!

Back in 2013 The Bunnies had special help, but still did not win the Grand Final.


But they did come good the following year! I was spotted at the bus stop in Mount Keira Road at the time.


Ah, what a year that was!

Mind you, many a slip and so on this season — but it is looking good. Next Thursday they are up against the Melbourne Storm and that will prove interesting!

The background to that 2014 win and why it was significant is gone into in my 2014 post.

This is the climax of many a turbulent year since the last time the Bunnies made it – 1971. Roy Masters tells an interesting story. (I took the photo below in Cleveland Street’s “Little Lebanon” just up from The Prophet in July 2010.)

So yes, I lived in Bunnies territory for quite a while, and in the last five years to 2010 wrote a few pieces for the South Sydney Herald, even scoring a front page once!

The Paper (as we all called it) was the brainchild of the late Trevor Davies, a Labor true believer and a pillar of South Sydney Uniting Church, where I was a regular from 2005-2010. I have been back a few times, but not in recent days. There were and are some great people there.

On Facebook the other day I posted a memory I have stored on YouTube. Here is a different day from 2008 — you’ll see which one! Sorry it cuts short but I was just getting used to my camera and was not sure of its battery life!

I recall East Redfern — 4

People tend to think of Redfern as the area near the railway station, particularly “The Block”. Redfern is bigger than that. This is the last in the set to focus on East Redfern, with images 2008-2011 from my photo blog.  These images mostly come from 2009 when I has the privilege of tutoring Dr Cassy’s son in English for the HSC at her East Redfern apartment, where there was also the biggest collection of Cricket memorabilia I have ever seen. On Dr Cassy see Miscellanea again… 1.

Footbridge over the Eastern Distributor and South Dowling Street, East Redfern:

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From the high rise — see the full set there:

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Rabbitohs, Rusty, and Sydney Boys High again!

On Facebook I am, unsurprisingly, a member of the SBHS Old Boys’ Union Group. Last night a post on it being 25 years since the GPS Regatta was held on the Nepean at Penrith came up. I added my two cents worth: ” I am ancient enough to have seen SHS win the Head of the River — twice!” Which is true: 1957 and 1959.


1959: Bow, P W Shenstone; 2, I J Stewart; 3, I D Toll; 4, A J Skinner; 5, J A Campbell; 6, G F Cohen; 7, S R McGill; Stroke, W L Young; Cox, R G Caddy; Coach, A R Callaway, Esq

Last night too, I should add, the South Sydney Rabbitohs had a famous victory over the St George Illawarra Dragons. Yes, there is a connection — via Russell Crowe! Though born in New Zealand, Rusty did go to Sydney High as a boy. Here he is:


In that lovely 1994 movie The Sum of Us, Rusty wore a Sydney High Rugby jersey in the opening moments.

As you may have observed in that trailer. But here is a screen shot in case you missed it.

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I remember the wonderful Tony Hannon telling me about the day Rusty came back to the school to get that jersey.

Now as any  Bunnies fan knows, Russell Crowe is Rabbitohs through and through. What I didn’t know is that he tried to insert the Sydney High motto — veritate et virtute — into The Gladiator! Hat tip fellow Facebook SHS Old Boys’ member Drew Laidlaw Hoare, who wrote: “I’d heard many times the Russell Crowe ‘Veritate et Virtute’ Gladiator story, but had never seen the footage. Here’s the explanation for those interested:”

The relevant bit is in the first few minutes of that. But that is not all.  Drew went on: “There was also talk of him putting the motto on South Sydney Rabbitohs kit at one point but can’t find it. Here is a shot of him with it on the back of a jumper.”


And Rowing lives on at SBHS!

Blogging the 2010s — 84 — September 2010

As I wrote at the time: “It has been an odd month for this blog, what with my relocation to Wollongong and all that went with that.”

State of play at The Bates Motel

Yesterday Sirdan and Brett hired a van to bring down the boxes labelled “BOX” which now reside generally unopened here in Mount Keira Road.


Today I went back to Surry Hills and oversaw the transfer of about 200 vinyl records plus many boxes of books to the good folk at 2MBS-FM.

Tomorrow I return for coaching, then on Friday/Saturday armed with many garbage bags and cleaning stuff I attack the bomb site that has been home for eighteen years.

Afternoon coffee with Mr Rabbit

At the good coffee shop in the alley.


And very pleasant it was too, hearing his English teacher stories and about his travels, among other things.

Hard to believe I’ve known him ten years now. He really is doing well.

Bloody frogs

So here I am sitting watching the sun making silver the waves breaking on North Beach as I quietly enjoy a skim flat white. Not Surry Hills.

Yesterday afternoon when I got back from Sydney after the final Elizabeth Street day my neighbour, R, a friendly young guy, fed me with sausages, which the other neighbour, P the Poet, was also offered but declined. P is suffering from some terminal illness, it appears.

Last night strange noises kept me awake for a while. I searched my room at the Bates Motel for a source of these weird clickings, to no avail. Eventually I worked out it was frogs outside. Yes, frogs.

Not used to all this Nature. 😉

Sunday in Waterloo and Surry Hills

I spent yesterday in my old haunts, travelling up by express bus since the trains aren’t running because of track work.CIMG4866

At South Sydney Uniting Church some nice words of farewell were  said to me, and I joined birthday celebrations for the amazing Julie McCrossin (left) and Nicole Fleming. That’s Nicole on the right. Naomi, a carer, is in the centre.


After that lunch at The Trinity Bar with Sirdan and P. Then to Central Station for another express bus home.


I sat next to a very nice young man who warned me about half-way into the journey that he was about to vomit, having had the foresight to bring his own plastic  bag for the purpose. When we arrived in Wollongong I congratulated him for vomiting so quietly and discreetly.