Rebels Roy Bell during the South Grafton Rebels versus Bellingen Group 2 match at McKiitrick Park on Sunday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Rebels Roy Bell during the South Grafton Rebels versus Bellingen Group 2 match at McKiitrick Park on Sunday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

YOUR STORY:Powerful message from Taster for next generation

CONGRATULATIONS to the Rebels on reaching the grand final and most importantly playing the match at home on McKittrick Park.

It has been a long time between drinks - 1975 is still vivid in my memory and will stay there for a long time to come.

Premierships are the holy grail of all clubs and there is nothing more gratifying than winning one at home in front of your own supporters.

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I wish Dallas Waters and all his team the best; may the penalties be in your favour and the wind at your back.

To Ray Taunton and his committee, this is where your year-long efforts bear fruit - enjoy it.

Special mention to John Matthews. You took on the task of rebuilding a club who had been brought to its knees and was facing extinction and nearly 100 years of tradition was going down with it. John, this is your day in the sun.

I am deeply sorry I cannot be at the ground on the big day but I will be eagerly checking The Daily Examiner's website for results.

Here in Hawaii not much has changed. Sunshine every day, water temperature like a luke-warm bath and the beer price has now risen to $6.70 for a six pack.

Finally to captain Rhys Walters, on Grand Final Day; just prior to kick off have a quick glance over to the eastern touchline about 10m from halfway toward the scoreboard end. Around that spot three of the clubs greatest hailed the Rebels through good times and bad. Art Murray watched the first game of league from there in 1915, Slip Bellamy joined him at the end of his playing career, then Rhys's grandfather Boxer became the third member of the group upon retirement after the 1950 season.

I have no doubt Boxer and his two mates will be there in spirit - proud Rebels right to the end.

- Taster

Terry 'The Taster' Frazer is a South Grafton Rugby League Club life member and a committeeman in 1975 when the last grand final was played at McKittrick Park.

The club's 'unofficial' historian, he helped organise the 100th reunion last year.

Unfortunately, after waiting 40 years to see another grand final at McKittrick Park, he won't be in attendance as he is on an overseas holiday.



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