Former mascot hopes current generation Rebels will inspire

I WAS lucky enough as a seven-year-old to be the Rebels mascot on grand final day at McKittrick Park 40 years ago. I was decked from head to toe in red and white and carried a makeshift trident decorated with red and white balloons.

My memories of the day are of eating peanuts from the shells, running out in front of the team, the way the crowd all rose in expectation every time an afro-haired Johnny 'Chicka' Ferguson got the ball and everyone running onto the field to congratulate their heroes at fulltime.

In the years since then I have been a player, a strapper, a coach and a committeeman for the mighty Rebels.

To the current players, all the best on Sunday and I hope that the next generation of Rebels are inspired by your deeds like I was 40 years ago.

To the current committee people and office bearers, congratulations for resurrecting the Rebels back to where they are. Best wishes for Sunday and into the future.



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