The crowd chanted encouragement as the South Grafton Rebels took to the field in Sunday’s grand final match in Group 2 Rugby League, against Coffs Harbour.
Rebels Hughie Stanley scored the first try of the day, which was converted by Roy Bell.
Subsequent trys were scored by Rebels Oral Monaghan, Ian Leota and Anthony Cowan for a half time score of 24/6.
During the early stages of the second half Willie Stanley scored his second try of the day to take the score to 34/12.
During the final minutes of the game Rebels team manager Terry Power was overcome with emotion as he realised that his team had finally won, ending the 40 year drought for South Grafton, with a final score of 48/18.
Rebels coach Dallas Waters said that they deserved this win.
“We’ve worked hard all season and we had a goal to win this and finish number one and we just had class (form) everywhere,” he said.
“The support has been fantastic all year.”
“This is the best feeling ever.”
Rebels captain Rhys Walters said that this was out there as one of the best moments of his life.
“The boys were good – I’m speechless hey? “ Said Walters.
“It’s the best feeling.”
“It’s not quite as good as the birth of my child but it’s …. up there.”
Man of the match was awarded to Rebels Grant Stevens.