CHEESY GRINS: Adrian Boyd, Sam Blanch and Jake Mawhirt, members of the Barbarians hockey side, with the receipt from their trip to McDonald’s for a 100 cheeseburgers. Photo: Adam Hourigan
CHEESY GRINS: Adrian Boyd, Sam Blanch and Jake Mawhirt, members of the Barbarians hockey side, with the receipt from their trip to McDonald’s for a 100 cheeseburgers. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Barbarian cure for grand final loss: 100 cheeseburgers

IT IS PROBABLY one of the more epic Maccas runs of all time.

Barbarians Hagars were drowning their sorrows after being pumped 6-1 by City Bears in Saturday's hockey grand final when a few players got a bit peckish.

Barbs trio Sam Blanch, Adrian Boyd and Laurie Urquhart had the perfect answer - the sweet taste of processed meat, cheese and sauce in the middle of a bun.

They called South Grafton's McDonalds and put in their order of 100 cheeseburgers - yes, 100 - but the disbelieving staff swiftly hung up.

Imagine their shock when the trio turned up a few minutes later with hungry stomachs and a wad of Barbarian cash.

"They were like: 'Oh you weren't joking'," Mr Blanch said.

It is not the first time they have embarked on such a mission, with last year's tally of 65 burgers easily smashed by Sunday morning's effort.

Mr Blanch said they had had a few drinks after the grand final last year and decided to get a few chicken and cheeseburgers.

"We caught a taxi over and ordered 65 burgers. It ended up costing us over 400 bucks because we waited in the taxi," he said.

They were a bit cleverer this time round, ignoring the lure of a taxi and taking full advantage of a designated driver.

Another player's wife drove by their early morning gathering, and asked if any other player needed a lift.

Next stop: Maccas.

Team-mate Josh Wainwright was one of the many beneficiaries of the epic Maccas run.

He said the trio had the foresight to call ahead this time, but the staff did not believe what they heard.

"Yeah, they rung and told them we were coming but they didn't believe us," Mr Wainwright said.

"I think it took them an hour to come back but the cheeseburgers were still good."

The fate of the cheeseburgers is a story in itself, with most of them ending up in a hungry hockey players' stomachs.

But not all of them made it.

"Tony Ryder (coach) ate about 20 of them and we had to make sure 10 burgers had swiss cheese for Ryan Creed," Mr Blanch said. "Another 10 ended up on Andrew Loy's face.

"I think we'll be going for 200 next year."



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