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Three Life Memberships Awarded at 2022 Member Co. AGM

Three new Life Members were inducted at the South Sydney Members Rugby League Football Club (Member Co.) Annual General Meeting held at The Juniors Kingsford today.

Former Directors and Committee Members, Martin and Jerry Lissing, were joined by Rabbitohs modern-day legend, Issac Luke, in being awarded Life Membership, the greatest honour that can be bestowed on an individual by the Club.

Martin Lissing and Jerry Lissing have been life-long Rabbitohs supporters which started back in the 1950s when the Immortal Clive Churchill told Martin that he must promise to be a South Sydney man for life after meeting in 1954.

Martin and Jerry joined fellow Life Member, Steve McDermott, in establishing ‘Group 14’ in 1998, a high-profile group of businesspeople, politicians and celebrities that helped the Rabbitohs win reinstatement to the elite Rugby League competition in 2001. They played integral roles in attracting sponsorship to the Club and provided a platform for the ‘Fightback’ which saw the Rabbitohs restored to the elite competition.

The brothers were both Board Members of the Club as well as Martin being the Director of Football and Jerry the Director of Marketing. They played key roles in organising the rallies for reinstatement in Sydney and continue to support the Club through the Burrow and the Canberra Supporters Club.

Their contributions were chronicled in the recent documentary, ‘Tales of Reinstatement’ that was shown on the Rabbitohs’ digital channels throughout 2021.

Issac Luke is regarded as one of the modern-day greats of the South Sydney Football Club, having played a vital role in the Club’s 21st premiership victory in 2014.

Issac made his first grade debut for South Sydney in 2007 against the Melbourne Storm, going on to amass 188 first grade games over nine seasons, scoring 414 points from 36 tries and 135 goals. Despite not playing in the 2014 Grand Final due to suspension, he played one of the starring roles in the Club securing its 21st premiership throughout that season.

The little hooker with the strength of three front rowers was a crowd favourite. He always respected the Club’s Members, its history and his place within it. After the leaving the Club to return home to New Zealand for family, Issac was always greatly received by the crowd in attendance and always paid tribute to the Rabbitohs Members and supporters in the crowd.

Issac, first grade player 1054, won the George Piggins Medal as the Rabbitohs’ best and fairest player in 2010, the John Sattler Rookie of the Year award in 2007, the Roy Asotasi Members’ Choice award in 2010 and 2013, the Burrow Appreciation award in 2013, and had the honour of ringing the foundation timekeeper’s bell on field as the Rabbitohs took to the turf before the 2021 NRL Grand Final, something which had only been done once before, by fellow Life Member and South Sydney legend, Bob McCarthy, in 2014.

Luke played 43 Tests for New Zealand, including 36 whilst with South Sydney, making him the second most-capped international in South Sydney’s history, one Test match behind the Immortal Clive Churchill.

On behalf of everyone connected to the Rabbitohs, we congratulate Martin Lissing, Jerry Lissing and Issac Luke on their Life Memberships.

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