Vale Bob Moses
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are mourning former player, Bob Moses, who passed away recently, at the age of 76.
Mr Moses joined the Rabbitohs in 1965 and went on to lift two Premierships in Red and Green, in 1967 and 1968.
Mr Robert (Bob) Lindsay Moses was born in 1940 at Newcastle, and he was the younger brother of the late Ron 'Jake' Moses, who played in 23 first grade games for Balmain between 1956-59, including the Tigers' grand final loss in 1956 to the great St. George team who went on to win 11 straight premierships.
Moses started his football career with Lakes United juniors in Newcastle and after two seasons in their First Grade side he went to Goulburn for one year and then back to the Newcastle competition to play with Central Newcastle for three years. He appeared in the Central's grand final loss to South Newcastle in 1963, when they were defeated by 12-7.
He represented Newcastle in their 16-14 win over the touring French team in 1964, and the NSW Colts against France in 1964, in a team that contained future Souths teammates Ron Coote, Bob McCarthy and John O'Neill. The following year he was part of the Newcastle representative team that won the NSW Country Divisional Championship and then the State Cup which featured all the Sydney clubs. They beat the South Sydney Rabbitohs by 29-14 in Round 1, North Sydney Bears 6-0 in the quarter-finals, St. George Dragons 5-3 in the Semi-Final, and Parramatta Eels by 14-7 in the final and in front of more than 23,000 local fans at Newcastle Sports Ground. Newcastle led the Eels by 9-2 at half-time, and the match was described as one of the finest games ever seen at Newcastle at the time.
In 1965, he came to the Rabbitohs with fellow Newcastle team-mate, Jim Morgan, and made his first grade debut as a centre in Round 1 against Canterbury-Bankstown at Belmore Oval. His South Sydney first grade player number is 537.
Mr Moses played in the centres in the Rabbitohs grand final loss to St George in 1965, but later won premierships with the Rabbitohs in 1967 and 1968, the latter after moving to the forwards.
He spent six seasons at the Rabbitohs playing in a total of 95 first grade games, and in 1971 he moved to Manly-Warringah, where he stayed until 1973 and played in another 14 first grade games. In 1976, he coached the Penrith Panthers Reserve Grade side.
Mr Moses was a keen surfer and a member of the Swansea Belmont Surf Life-Saving Club when he lived in Newcastle. He was inducted as a Life Member of the South Sydney Football Club in 2009.
On behalf of everyone connected with the Rabbitohs, we offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bob Moses.