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George Rose immensely proud

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    As the NRL heads into its Close The Gap round, the Manly prop George Rose reveals how his campaigning grandfather inspired his work with the Aboriginal community.


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    Anfd some more good stuff from the Australian newspaper:


    THERE were days when George Rose didn't want to get out of bed. Days when he didn't want to go to school or football training.

    Days when his mother, Cherie, would badger him until he got off his butt and did what he was told. Days when his older brother, Matt, would dish out an old-fashioned "flogging" in the front yard of their family home.

    They were the days that made big George Rose.

    "Mum would badger me every day, my older brother would flog me," Rose said.

    "He made me go to school pretty much. It was the same when I started playing footy. There were days when I didn't want to train and mum would be on my back, my older brother would flog me.

    "I remember once we had a little dust-up on the front lawn at Bathurst. I was meant to train on Saturday at 12 o'clock in Penrith. I was in Bathurst. I didn't want to leave. I was at home in bed.

    "He got me out of bed, dragged me out the front and had a few swings. Then I was in the car and I was driving back to Penrith. I made it back for training."

    Rose recalls the tale with a smile. There is no anger or remorse. He knows how important his family was in his football career. It was his family that convinced him to stay in school and get an education _ a message he now spreads throughout country NSW as he speaks to indigenous youths.

    "It's good to get out there and just spread the message of where I have come from and where I have ended up," Rose said.

    "The younger fellas . . . I am just telling them how important it is to read, to come to school, have your breakfast in the morning so you can work hard all day.

    "Just read whatever you can. The older ones are at a dicier area where there are friends who are leaving school. They're losing friends at school and they're wondering what they're going to do, whether to wag school.

    "The message is stay in school and work hard, you'll get there. That's what happened to me."

    On Sunday at Brookvale Oval, Rose and his teammates will wear indigenous jerseys against the Sydney Roosters. It will be a special occasion for Rose.

    Attending the game will be four boys from his home town of Bathurst, who recently lost their father. Cherie alerted the club to their plight because of the parallel with her story. George was nine when his father died suddenly of a heart attack.

    "It was weird because he was a fit sort of fella," Rose recalled. "You ask a lot of questions. What could have happened? What could have been different? It was hard. Life changed dramatically from then. We moved to Bathurst to be closer to mum's family. She had four wild kids."

    Rose could have gone off the rails, but his mother and brother made sure that didn't happen. "I would probably be like a lot of my mates who are still back there, going through the motions," Rose said.

    "I would probably be three times the size I am now _ if that is imaginable. It definitely wouldn't be as good as it is now. I am grateful to them for what they did for me, to keep me on the right path."

    Brent Read
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/sport/big-george-rose-spreads-a-positive-message-to-indigenous-youth/story-e6frg7mf-1226106996225
     
  2. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Well done George for all the community work (see first article) and also well done to Peachey. These are reasons beyond mere footy ability why George is an important man in our team. I get the feeling he is appreciated and will be re-signed, I for one hope so. apart from all that he has a great footy ability and I wouldn't be surprised if his best couple of years are ahead of him.
     
  3. dowdz

    dowdz Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Good work George. The guy is a champ. Thanks to George, and age, i too am getting the George Rose athletic body lol.
     
  4. Reggie 12

    Reggie 12 Member

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    Bloody bull****, indigenous round is nothing more then making the black arm band brigade feel good about themselves, this round is up there with the joke all stars match which is nothing but bull****. I'm going to organize a whites only team to play against the all stars, oh wait that's racist. Pull your head in you fat clown and just play footy and stay out of politics
     
  5. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Leave politics to the whites, eh reggie. Are you also campaiging to have Aboriginals voting rights removed, like the good ole days?
     
  6. Brookvale

    Brookvale Well-Known Member

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    Reggie, bit hypocritical there. Your club Souffs has a wealth of indigenous players. Pull ya head in ya knob.

    We'll find you via your IP address and get Georges Brother to give you an old fashioned flogging.
     
  7. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Reggie you can throw your hood and white gown away, it's not that bad.
     
  8. Reggie 12

    Reggie 12 Member

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    Don't make threats you can't back up you fool, I notice you go straight to insults rather then arguing the point the facts are this if Manly or any other team said we are only picking an all WHITE team they would be shouted down yet we let these clowns pick an all BLACK team and you lefties all bend over and say how good is this, so you pull your head in. We'll find you lol I can't wait you tosser
     
  9. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

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    How's it political whatsoever Reggie? Can you spell Bigot?
     
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  10. Joey

    Joey Active Member

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    How can it be Blacks Vs Whites when there are blacks in the white team and whites in the black team?
     
  11. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I want George to show more than pride on Sunday. He can show Kite and Princess the way forward with some tough strong runs......straight.
     
  12. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

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    I'd like to know what makes aboriginals so special when all dark skinned people have lower life expectancies, why not make it about all of them and not just those in our country, what about maori people why can't they get something out of this round, just aboriginals ignores the plight of others
     
  13. captainskin

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    Then that opens the door for the naked pigmies of Borneo... and any other native from somewhere in this universe. ;)
     
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  14. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

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    I'd prefer southern hemisphere personally but I don't see how aboriginals are more important from any other native race,i don't get it
     
  15. Ian Martin tragic

    Ian Martin tragic Well-Known Member

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    something for eagle and reggie:

    1. eagle, the campaign/promotion thing is 'close the gap' isn't it? It's about something specific, motivated in no small way by some indigenous footy players already using their fame for reasons other than making as much money as they can during their short careers (not that I would condemn footy players in general for getting what they can before they are all used up).

    I don't see it stated or implied anywhere in this that aboriginal australians are more important than any other indigenous people.

    when I was younger I did various things to raise money for a charity, freedom from hunger, which did development type projects in the 3rd world. some smart arses would walk by and say stuff like 'why don't you do something about hungry people right here in sydney?' I would say 'why don't you?'

    2. reggie, the 'black arm band view of history'? still nostalgic for the john howard days are you mate? when (anglo) australia's history was all about settling terra nullius and brave explorers?

    Yes, it is political I agree. but the nrl is political every single week. In all kinds of ways (part-owned by the arch media baron, commercialised and capitalised on by corporations, image makers, spin doctors, advertisers, piggy backed on by aspiring politicians, shock jocks, and other low life, and used to reinforce --and sometimes to challenge -- stereotypes, myths and other fictions about manhood, community, nation, heroism, etc. etc.). The argument about the all whites vs all blacks game is naive, and usually cynical (not sure in your case, you seem pretty dim ;-) Politics is about power relations. white australia kicked black australia's head in politically, economically, and often literally for about 200 years. Hence the rationale for a 'close the gap' campaign to do something toward the statistical reality of the gap between quality of life that generally pertains between indigenous and non-indigenous in Oz. white anglo identity doesn't need any boost, or recognition, or affirmation as it is the assumed, invisible norm (just turn on the tv and watch a few ads). The racism is built into the norm rather than created by a fairly extraneous gesture like an all black or all white exhibition team. That's why the idea of an all white team would not fly today; it's 'political incorrectness' is just too obscene; it makes the racist dimensions of australia's history of black-white relations too visible.

    Interestingly, and another dimension of the inescapable socio-political nature of the nrl, an all anglo-white team (ie. from anglo-irish australian background, and leaving out maori and pacific islander ethnic background players) might struggle to find a competitive 17 against the indigenous or maori/pacific 'all-stars'. perhaps it would work as a kind of joke, an obscene one.....
     
  16. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

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    IMT, lets be fair and put the other nrl dark skinned people in,TSI and maori plus fijians, share the day for the many others who deserve it,afterall australia and nz are the only countries south of the equator not in the third world, already recognize our countries region
     
  17. TokyoEagle

    TokyoEagle Well-Known Member

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    The ONLY countries south of the equator not in the 3rd world ? Really ?
     
  18. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Fiji and indonesia are fine places....
     
  19. HK_Eagle

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    intelligent and articulate.
     
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  20. Phantar

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    IMT, you're not really called Ian Martin by any chance are you? I went to school with an Ian Martin back in the late 60s to late 70s.
     

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