ONE IN A HUNDRED: Former South Grafton Rebels front-rower Viv Hodge, pictured with Lower Clarence Magpies captain Graham Kennedy, was named captain of the Rebels’ Team of the Century. PHOTOS: CONTRIBUTED BY GARY NICHOLS
ONE IN A HUNDRED: Former South Grafton Rebels front-rower Viv Hodge, pictured with Lower Clarence Magpies captain Graham Kennedy, was named captain of the Rebels’ Team of the Century. PHOTOS: CONTRIBUTED BY GARY NICHOLS

South Grafton Rebels reveals its Team of the Century

SOUTH Grafton Rugby League Football Club celebrates its 100-year anniversary tomorrow night at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club. To coincide with the Gala Evening a Team of the Century has been selected by a panel of former players, coaches and historians.

Seventeen superstars have been named along with legendary master coach John Brown.

FULLBACK
Brian "Cappy" Graham
Clubs: South Grafton 1954, St George 1955-64, Newtown 1965-67
Representative honours: Combined Northern and North Coast, NSW
Graham won five consecutive grand final victories with St George and was a talented goal-kicking fullback and leading point's scorer for the Dragons in 1964. A magical player who played with and against some of the games finest.

WINGER
John "Chicka" Ferguson
Clubs: South Grafton 1972-75, Glen Innes 1976-80, Newtown 1981-83, Easts 1984-85, Wigan 1984/85, Canberra 1986-90
Representative honours: NSW Country, City, NSW, Australia.
Crowd favourite who lit up McKittrick Park every time he touched the ball. Electrifying winger who defied the age barrier. Named in the Canberra Raiders best team of all time.

WINGER
Ron Gill
Clubs: South Grafton 1944, St George.
Representative honours: North Coast
Those who saw Gill play described him as a try-scoring freak. Pace to burn and North Coast beach sprint champion, only the War stopped him representing Australia

CENTRE
Fred Felsch
Clubs: South Grafton 1932-33, Goulburn 1934-35, South Sydney 1936-44, Cessnock 1946
Representative honours: NSW Country, NSW and City
Ulmarra product who went on to play 188-games for South Sydney and captained NSW Country. A clever centre and inspiring captain. The Second World War undoubtedly cost him an Australian jumper.

CENTRE
Paul "The Pope" Pyers
Clubs: South Grafton 1950-53 and 1964, Eastern Suburbs 1954, Murwillumbah 1955, Brisbane Easts 1956-58, Mackay 1959, Parramatta 1960-62
Representative honours: Queensland
The complete footballer who could slot into any position with ease. An enigmatic character who most describe as arguably the best player to wear the red and white.

FIVE-EIGHTH
Terry Stevens
Clubs: South Grafton 1968-72 and 1980, Eastern Suburbs 1973, Wests Newcastle 1974-79.
One of South Grafton's favourite sons, Stevens oozed class. A brilliant support player and creative pivot. Held Group One try-scoring record for years.
Representative honours: NSW Country, Group One, North Coast.

HALFBACK
Kevin "Stumpy" Stevens
Clubs: South Grafton 1970-72, Eastern Suburbs 1973-80, Parramatta 1981
Representative honours: NSW City.
Tough as teak, "Stumpy" was a punishing front-on defender and equally at home at lock or second-row. Stevens featured in two NSWRL premiership winning sides with Eastern Suburbs and Parramatta under master coach Jack Gibson.

LOCK FORWARD
Mark Eggins
Clubs: South Grafton 1970-78
Representative honours: Group One
A devastating and mobile runner with the ball, Eggins could have gone on to test himself in the Sydney competition however preferred the country lifestyle. Highly regarded by his peers as one of the Rebels' finest back-rowers.

SECOND-ROW
Noel Butters
Clubs: South Grafton 1954-64
Representative: Upper Clarence
Butters' raw strength and explosive running style left defenders in his wake. A hard-nosed bush footballer who relished the tough stuff. A gentleman on the field until riled by his opponents.

SECOND-ROW
Frank "Jumbo" White
Clubs: South Grafton 1958, 1971-76, Armidale 1963-1970
Representative honours: Northern Division
A towering back-rower who never took a backward step, "Jumbo" progressed to the front-row later in his career as an enforcer on the field. Instrumental in the Rebels' premiership title in 1975.

FRONT-ROW
Viv Hodge (captain)
Clubs: Wests Newcastle, Glen Innes 1963, Kurri Kurri 1964-65, Taree United 1966-67, Waratah Mayfield 1968, Newtown 1969, South Grafton 1970-1973, Grafton Ghosts 1975
Representative honours: Group One, North Coast Division
Old school front-rower who led from the front. Hodge moulded the young 1972 side into a winning force and arguably the best South Grafton side in its history.
A natural born leader, Hodge was a brilliant scrummager and an astute leader.

FRONT-ROW
Mark McIntyre
Clubs: South Grafton 1984-1985, 1989-91, 1995-96, 1998, Lower Clarence 1986, 1992-94, Easts Brisbane 1987-88.
Representative honours: Group One, Northern Rivers, Queensland Residents, NSW Country
The only player in more recent times to make the side. Strong-running forward built for trampling opposition players. McIntyre was a tireless worker on the footy field and was named in the NSW Country nineties Team of the Decade.

HOOKER
Peter "Sullo" Sullivan
Clubs: South Grafton 1954-58, 1964-65, 1969-70, Maitland, Balmain 1958.
Representative honours: Nil
A dogged old-style hooker who tested the referee's patience on numerous occasions. "Sullo" featured in three grand finals for South Grafton and was regarded as one of the fastest striking rakes of his time.

BENCH

Dennis "Meato" Pye
Clubs: South Grafton 1971-72, 1974-82, 1984-88, Grafton Ghosts 1973, Woolgoolga 1983.
Representative honours: Group One
A crafty front-rower who played a record 310- games for the Rebels, "Meato" featured in seven grand finals. Blessed with an astute football brain, Pye captained and coached the Rebels during his stellar career.

Garry Chapman
Clubs: South Grafton 1972-82, Lower Clarence 1983-84, Grafton Ghosts.
Representative honours: Group One
Known as the "Wizard", Chapman could certainly sniff out a try. He made six grand final appearances for South Grafton and topped the Group One try-scoring list on four occasions.

Ken Gray
Clubs: South Grafton 1945-46, 1948-50
Representative honours: North Coast, Combined Country
Established himself as the dominant second-rower on the North Coast. Scored the only try against Great Britain's powerhouse pack creating much publicity in the English media. Member South Grafton winning premierships sides 1948-49.

Eric "Flip" Lawrence
Clubs: South Grafton 1946-56, St George 1942
Representative: Upper Clarence
Fellow teammates were in awe of his skills and his natural ability. Many rate Lawrence as one of the best players to lace on a boot for South Grafton. "Flip" could slot into any position in the backline.

COACH
John Brown
Clubs: South Grafton 1969-76, 1988-89, Woolgoolga 1977-78, Lower Clarence 1978-84.
Coached premierships in reserve grade 1973, first grade 1975. Played 1972 premiership winning side.
Brown was ahead of his time as a coach. He believed hard training and discipline were key ingredients to being successful on the footy field. Players had full respect for Brown and looked up to him as a mentor on and off the field.



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