TOUGH AS NAILS: Hooker Brett Hamill, flanked by Steve Danvers (left) and Terry Alford (right), is one man who could feature in the Team of the Century. PHOTO: Contributed
TOUGH AS NAILS: Hooker Brett Hamill, flanked by Steve Danvers (left) and Terry Alford (right), is one man who could feature in the Team of the Century. PHOTO: Contributed

Rebels’ finest rakes in spotlight

SOUTH Grafton Rugby League Club will name its Team of the Century as part of the club's 100th anniversary celebrations in 2014.

GRAY NICHOLS has run a fine-toothed comb through the club's history and come up with a comprehensive list of the greatest players ever to wear the red and white jersey.

Rumour has it the top squad has already been decided, and will be revealed in the lead-up to club's 100th anniversary dinner on May 10.

The great rakes of Rebels history move into the spotlight this week, before we head into the coaches' box next week.

Jack Greenaway

Original hooker in the 1915 season, Greenaway terrorised opposition packs with his aggressive style of play.

A true hard-man of the game, Greenaway represented Clarence League in its first representative encounter against Richmond.

Tough as they come, Greenaway continued playing for South Grafton after the First World War, retiring from the game in the early 1920s.

Peter Sullivan

A dogged old-style hooker who tested the referee's patience on occasions, "Sullo" was widely acknowledged as the fastest striking rake of his time.

With a career spanning from 1954 to 1969, Sullivan was as competitive as they come, often bringing himself under the microscope of referees.

"Sullo" featured in three grand finals for South Grafton and had a short stint with the Balmain Tigers.

Ken 'Sleepy' Landrigan

In an era where elbows and stiff-arms were the norm, a bygone era where people played for passion and not for the highest bidder, Landrigan never took a backward step.

A wiry competitor, "Sleepy" Landrigan loved a contest and was always in the thick of things on the footy field.

Another South Grafton junior product, Landrigan was also a member of the all-conquering 1972 side.

Steve Kirby

A talented ball-player and a punishing front-on defender, Kirby optimises what South Grafton rugby league is all about.

Equally at home at half or five-eighth, Kirby's creative play orchestrated many four-pointers for the Rebels.

His fighting spirit on the footy field inspired his teammates and frustrated opposition packs.

The role of hooker has changed dramatically over the years so picking the "Hooker of the Century" will no doubt have the selectors scratching their heads.

A few more notables to add to the list are Charlie Walker, Alan Ryan, Russell Munro, Greg Meyers, Brett Hamill, Craig Crispin and Mark McPhillips.



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