CHEER: Rebel Oral Monaghan (left) joins his teammates in celebrating a try during South Grafton’s 46-18 win.
CHEER: Rebel Oral Monaghan (left) joins his teammates in celebrating a try during South Grafton’s 46-18 win.

Opinion: Home of the champions

SUNDAY'S Group 2 rugby league grand final day at McKittrick Park was a stunning success.

The old ground - it is the 100th anniversary of rugby league at McKittrick Park - can have rarely seen a greater occasion.

About 5000 people packed in on a hot, sunny day and saw plenty of terrific action.

All the players, especially those from South Grafton's first grade team and the Ghosts' reserves, deserve great credit as they produced thrilling rugby league in all three grades, with barely a hint of misbehaviour.

And it was the same in the crowd as spectators were happy to enjoy the rare occasion - let's hope it is not 40 years until the next McKittrick Park grand final - and cheer on their team.

Group 2 officials also deserve a pat on the back for the day that went off smoothly and was a fitting finale to a big rugby league season.

Most of all, the day should be a wonderful source of pride for the community of South Grafton. The area cops plenty of knocks but for the next 12 months at least locals can be proud to say they live in the home of the champions



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