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He came into the top grade as a winger with flowing blonde locks. But since making that debut way back in 2009, Dave Tyrrell has gone from a speedster and self-proclaimed ‘good looking bloke’, to a vital cog in the Rabbitohs engine-room up front. On Monday, he will play his 100th first grade game.
For Tyrrell, the notion that he would play his 100th fmatch – all of which have been in the red and green of South Sydney – came as a shock, the prop-forward instead pointing out that while he is proud of the milestone, Monday night is all about getting the win.
“To be honest I didn’t really know about it,” laughed Tyrrell.
“Getting that is obviously nice, but it’s just another game that we need to get a win for. I’m going to go out there and do my best for the team and hopefully celebrate a win.”
Tyrrell made his first grade debut in round 18 of the 2009 season against the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium – a match Tyrrell still remembers well.
“My first game, I remember the long blonde hair,” laughed Tyrrell.
“I was a great looking bloke apparently. But yeah the first thing I remember was giving away a penalty.
“That shattered my nerves a little bit, but I stuck through that and I am where I am now. If anything I think it may have made me focus a little more throughout that game.
“Thankfully we won so it ended up not being too bad giving away that penalty.”
The Rabbitohs will be looking to make it two in a row on Monday night in Canberra, following a positive performance against the Parramatta Eels that saw the side take home a 32-12 victory. Having gone down to the Raiders earlier in the season, Tyrrell says he and his teammates are keen to atone.
“We’re expecting a tough game against the Raiders,” said Tyrrell.
“We went down to them last time, so we’re just going to focus on ourselves, get our game right and put in a good performance.
“It’s always a tough trip down to Canberra – it can be a bit of a mental battle with the extra cold down there and the trip, but like I said, we’re just going to be focussed on ourselves and getting that victory.”
The big prop added that he is certain that the Rabbitohs faithful will turn out in droves to throw their support behind the team in the nation’s capital.
“Our Members and supporters tend to travel everywhere,” said Tyrrell.
“Monday night in Canberra is a big ask, but if any team’s supporters are game enough to do it, it’s ours. They get out there and cheer us on no matter what the weather or circumstances, so I’m looking forward to getting out there again on Monday.”
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