BEST ON GROUND: South Grafton Rebels second rower Grant ‘Stumpy’ Stevens accepts the award for Player of the Grand Final from Group 2 administration officer Jim Anderson and president Warren Gilkinson at McKittrick Park on Sunday. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
BEST ON GROUND: South Grafton Rebels second rower Grant ‘Stumpy’ Stevens accepts the award for Player of the Grand Final from Group 2 administration officer Jim Anderson and president Warren Gilkinson at McKittrick Park on Sunday. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

'Stumpy' Stevens carries his family's legacy

FORTY-THREE years ago his father stood proudly in a red and white Rebels jersey lifting high the Premiership trophy, and on Sunday Grant "Stumpy" Stevens was able to do the same.

And in the same vein as his father, Stevens went well and truly above the call of duty.

The second-rower led his side out of danger on multiple occasions, carting the ball out of his own in-goal into a hungry Coffs Harbour defence line.

He toiled in defence for the full 80 minutes, pulling off clean one-on-one tackles and ensuring Coffs did not get the better of the South Grafton side.

However this would have been all a dream to a downcast Stevens back in 2013 when the forward had been ruled out for the season with a knee injury in round one.

"To think I was never going to play football again let alone first grade, this just makes me the proudest man in the bloody world," Stevens said.

"I won one in 2010, and this is a hell of a lot better than that. My dad won one 43 years ago and it makes me so proud to achieve what he has for the Rebels.

"Injuries don't matter when you get a win like this, this is the best feeling in the world.

"It was good to send Dal [coach, Dallas Waters] and [Dwayne] Duke off as winners. I could not thank them enough for giving me a chance to play first grade again and to get here is awesome. I will be with the Rebels until I die."



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