'Heartbreak' that defines Souths' grand final push

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South Sydney supporters waited 43 agelong years for their premiership drought to beryllium breached successful 2014 and to deliberation the Rabbitohs person different changeable astatine lifting the Provan-Summons Trophy emphasises the value of the determination to reinstate them into the competition.

I watched my precocious begetter sob erstwhile the Bunnies were kicked retired of the league successful 1999 and excluded from the NRL successful 2000.  If it wasn't for the tireless efforts of radical similar George Piggins and Nick Pappas, the Rabbitohs would inactive beryllium determination down a warren.

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We marched down Chalmers Street to the Town Hall wherever thousands of footy fans, not conscionable South Sydney supporters, rallied against the decision. The Bunnies were relying connected the powerbrokers to overturn it and they weren't going to springiness up.

Russell Crowe and Sam Burgess during the 2014 NRL Grand Final lucifer betwixt the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury Bulldogs astatine ANZ Stadium connected October 5, 2014 successful Sydney, Australia. (Getty)

They fought bony and nail, conscionable similar the players who had travel earlier them to unit their mode backmost into the comp and I inactive retrieve the time successful 2001, watching connected TV, erstwhile 'the Godfather' himself George Piggins walked retired of the Federal Court to declare, "we were going to combat until we got justness and we got justness present today."

The NRL was backed into a country successful a David vs Goliath conflict and it was the league's CEO David Moffett who was forced to backmost down and reinstate the Rabbitohs successful their rightful spot arsenic the 'pride of the league.'

The celebrations lasted for days and I tin inactive spot my dada walking done the beforehand doorway astatine location that nighttime wearing a Rabbitohs jumper, chapeau and scarf telling me, "son, we're back."

Adam Reynolds of the Rabbitohs (Getty)

David Levy was determination with thousands of different supporters successful 2014 erstwhile the Bunnies lifted the trophy astatine Stadium Australia and I conscionable privation helium was astir to lap-up different week of anticipation arsenic the Rabbitohs effort to assertion their 22nd premiership.

We scattered his ashes connected Redfern Oval past twelvemonth and played 'Glory Glory to South Sydney' astatine the extremity of his ceremonial successful 2018.  Whether it was a household function, a time astatine work, a schoolhouse fete oregon conscionable kicking the footy astatine the park; my dada would ever beryllium wearing red-and-green.

Apologies for being a small self-indulgent, but I cognize determination are astir apt tens of thousands of different stories similar excavation and I anticipation those radical are besides reflecting connected the heartbreak of 1999 and the joyousness that's stemmed since the entreaty successful 2001.

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I'm a beardown believer of fairytales successful athletics and the premiership triumph successful 2014 was special, but determination are a fewer much memories to beryllium made connected Sunday nighttime for the likes of Wayne Bennett, Adam Reynolds and Benji Marshall.

Bennett is the archetypal manager to instrumentality 4 abstracted teams to a Grand Final and who's prepared to uncertainty the 71-year-old's chances of winning an eighth premiership?

Reynolds is their inspirational skipper who bleeds red-and-green and grew-up crossed the roadworthy from Redfern Oval successful a lodging committee unit. 

'Reyno' realised a puerility imagination by making his debut for the Bunnies, past winning the comp successful 2014; ideate the emotions if the small halfback tin assistance the trophy successful his last crippled for the club.

South Sydney five-eighth Benji Marshall tries to interruption done a tackle successful the St George Illawarra clash. (NRL Imagery)

Then there's Benji. The Kiwi International is playing alongside young blokes who attempted to emulate his fancy footwork and flick walk erstwhile they were kids watching him play for the Wests Tigers. Marshall past featured successful a Grand Final 16 years agone and portion he's weighing up his future; I wonderment if different premiership volition bring down the curtain?

I deliberation we're successful for thing peculiar connected Sunday nighttime and I'll beryllium tipping the South Sydney Rabbitohs to bushed the Penrith Panthers by a converted try.  Not lone volition Adam Reynolds decorativeness his clip astatine Redfern with a premiership, I deliberation he'll besides adhd the Clive Churchill Medal.

It'll beryllium different large Grand Final and I'll beryllium on-air with 2GB's Continuous Call Team from 1pm AEDT Sunday for the build-up to the biggest crippled of the season, earlier Ray Hadley broadcasts the 2021 decider betwixt South Sydney and Penrith. May the champion squad triumph and up the Rabbitohs!

Let maine cognize who you're tipping to triumph the Grand Final and what are your memories of South Sydney's combat for reinstatement.

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