Packed house celebrates 100 years of Rebels rugby league
ONE HUNDRED years of rugby league at South Grafton was celebrated in style on Saturday night. A packed house of 274 guests filled South Grafton Ex-Services Club.
Former ARL and NSWRL chief executive Geoff Carr, who grew up in Grafton, was Master of Ceremonies for the function.
"All the boys made the effort to get back there and they couldn't have fitted more in," Carr said.
Carr interviewed members of the recently named Rebels Team of the Century, including fullback Brian Graham, as well as special guests Ricky Walford and Larrry Corowa.
He said the calibre of names in the Team of the Century highlighted how strong rugby league has been in Grafton.
"Brian Graham played in five grand finals in St George's golden era, Chicka Ferguson won two, Stumpy (Kevin Stevens) won with Parra and Easts. It's pleasing to see."
Carr signed for St George when he was 17. But his father Vic Carr played fullback for South Grafton in 1937.
On the field the present-day Rebels delivered a spectacle. They tried valiantly to reward the old boys in the crowd with the Group Two upset of the season against Coffs Comets.
Instead, after leading 22 to 18 Rebels self-destructed as frustrations boiled over in the last 20 minutes and Comets prevailed 34-22.