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Stories from past players

Charlie Taylor

1975 

Second Row

Charlie Taylor played for the South Darwin Rugby League Football Club in 1975 after moving up to the Territory to help rebuild Darwin after Cyclone Tracy.

 

“We had to train down at the old Speedway because we didn’t have a permanent training ground back then," he recalls.

 

“I chose to play for Souths because there were a lot of Maori and Kiwi expats playing for the Club and having just moved over from New Zealand, it made sense to join the Rabbitohs.”

 

Charlie mainly played second row in the forward line for Souths playing one season in B Grade. 

“Playing any sport was difficult in 1975.  Cyclone Tracy destroyed a lot of Darwin, but we did the best we could with what we had."

 

"We were coached by Phil De La Cruz then and we had players like Ronnie Walker, Harry Appo and Big Bird Huddleston who were brilliant. Souths had some of the best league players I’ve ever seen and I was fortunate enough to play alongside them."

 

“We only had 6 teams that year, so everyone knew everyone. You were the same on and off the field, we were all mates. After the games, our Club used to host the biggest parties and everyone from other Clubs would come along too.”

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