A massive crowd of supporters decked out in red, white and blue, packed into McKittrick Park at South Grafton on Sunday for the Group 2 of Country Rugby League grand final, between South Grafton Rebels and Grafton Ghosts.
The South Grafton Reserve Grade set the pace on the day, with their grand final win against Macksville 28-24, in the lead up to the first grade match.
From the outset, the first grade match was definitely going to be an action packed game between the rival Grafton and South Grafton teams.
It was only minutes into the game, when play became heated between the two teams. After players from both sides were given the opportunity to cool off on the bench, they were soon back into the game and by half time the Rebels were leading 12-8.
The Rebels powered on in the second half to become back to back premiers with their win over the Ghosts of 26-12.
Rebels captain Grant Stevens said that he wished to thank the community for all their support.
“It’s been great to see the community in South Grafton getting behind us, by displaying our team’s colours on banners and signs in their windows,” he said.
“I’d really like to thank the committee and for all those who have stuck by us when things were tough.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to our families as well.”