Rebels grand-final win brings redemption for Dallas, Power
SOUTH Grafton's legacy changed forever when the Rebels completed a magical season with the 46-18 Group 2 grand final win.
It was best illustrated by the moment manager Terry Power and coach Dallas Waters let go of 12 years of hurt and embraced in tears amid emotional celebrations at McKittrick Park.
This time they were tears of joy, not sorrow.
"Dallas and I played for Rebels in '03 when we got beaten from an unbeatable position," Power said.
"We were sitting down in the Australian Hotel just crying like babies in each other's arms, because if you lead by 13 with 10 to go you don't lose a grand final.
"I think we put it to bed yesterday. I think a fair bit of that that came out of us."
Power savoured the moment as he stood in the middle of a contrastingly damp McKittrick Park during yesterday's Mad Monday celebrations.
"All our planets aligned yesterday," he said. "It's a little bit surreal. We're taking it in and just enjoying the day."