Rebels celebrate end of a long journey
RUGBY LEAGUE: The South Grafton Rebels celebrated their history-making Group 2 grand final victory in style yesterday as Mad Monday celebrations began at McKittrick Park before a pub crawl around South Grafton.
Players were dressed in different outfits with big Xavier Sullivan rocking his best hound dog as 'The King' Elvis Presley.
Determined captain Grant Stevens connected with his inner-child as Teletubbies member Po while tenacious lock Luke Welch turned up as a croc.
It was a light-hearted way for the players and club members to celebrate what has been a long journey to the top of Group 2.
Taking time out from the festivities, Rebels president Ray Taunton reflected on what has been a rewarding road from when he took over the reins in 2012.
"We sat down at the beginning and we had a five-year plan to get to a premiership," he said. "We got there in three and now have won two in four years - it is just unbelievable.
'It was great to see the entire community out on Sunday and that is what this whole thing is about. It was a great day for all the spectators and a great day for all involved."
Taunton gave credit to the Grafton Ghosts, who left it all on the field against the Rebels in the grand final.
"It was one versus two out on that field and they both deserved to be there," he said. "When our boys play the Ghosties, it is the best thing in country rugby league.
"I have never come across anything that matches the tenacity and skill on show."
Taunton credited the tireless volunteers at the Rebels club for their support and said the premiership did not happen without them.