Pride Doesn't Fade For 96 Year Old Rhona
96-year old Rabbitohs fan Rhona Jeffries can't see or hear too well anymore so finds it difficult to watch her Rabbitohs when they play, but that hasn't stemmed the passion the Bega nonagenarian has when it comes to her 'Bunnies'.
Born in 1921, Rhona has lived to experience an incredible 17 Souths Premierships in her life. Thankfully, her eyesight and hearing was good enough to enjoy every minute of our most recent 2014 win which she celebrated in style, telling the Bega District News just prior to the game her plans to watch it:
"I'll be sitting here and watching the game with a stubby of beer. In fact, I might even have two! Go the Rabbitohs," she said before kick-off in 2014.
It's safe to say she probably decided to have two after full time of the drought-breaking win.
Rhona has lived her whole life in Bega and began following Souths when she was a 14-year old girl growing up in the south-east, New South Wales township. She started following the team in 1935 because they wore the same Red and Green as the local Bega football Club at the time.
Earlier this week Rhona was admitted to a nusing home after several falls but was determined to bring with her 82 years worth of Rabbitohs memorabilia she has collected. This left daughter Jan Jeffries a big job this weekend of packing and moving Rhona's precious Rabbitohs cargo - although Jan and husband Jeff were happy to oblige!
Whilst Rhona can't see or hear her Rabbitohs games each week, she always looks forward to Jan's update on how the team is going.
Maybe she'll have another two beers when she hears about Friday night's result!
The Rabbitohs family are lucky to have fans like Rhona and wish her and family all the best!