CLIP OVER THE EARS: Mullumbimby supporter Nick Munroe (left) looks on as the Giants Glenn Crusher Abbott provides team-mate
CLIP OVER THE EARS: Mullumbimby supporter Nick Munroe (left) looks on as the Giants Glenn Crusher Abbott provides team-mate

Mullum Madness

AS A rugby league coach, you'd think Damon Scott would understand the importance of backing up.

But the Mullumbimby Giants' first grade coach yesterday failed to back up from Sunday night's premiership celebrations for a Mad Monday morning session at the Billinudgel Hotel.

Coach is in bed,"said bleary-eyed captain Murray Brown at lunchtime.

Around 50 players and supporters dressed in costume continued to party from 8am into yesterday afternoon. It followed a packed-house post-match party at Mullumbimby Rugby Leagues Club where more than 200 people stayed until 4am to celebrate grand final wins in first grade and under-18s.

With a theme of tradesmen day, it was not entirely obvious why interchange player Adam McKenzie was dressed in a pair of tight denim shorts or why there was ripped men's underwear on the bar room floor.

There was literally a few fireworks but all in all the players and supporters of both teams were very well behaved.

Billinudgel Hotel owner Charlie Johnston said she was very proud of the boys. Scott showed up shortly after lunch saying he was ready to lead his charges again.

I just needed a quick nap to recharge," he said. Grand final hero Scott Hogan almost passed as a consummate professional as he gave his post match review except that he was perched on a bar stool having his head shaved into a zig-zag mohawk.

There is lots of local culture involved with the club," Hogan said.

The premiership means just as much to the supporters as it does to the players."

Player of the match Damien Bryant announced his retirement.

That was probably the best win of my career ... the comeback was a fairytale," he said.

Celebrations are set to continue through the week with a commemorative tattoo session planned for today and a post-season trip to Cairns leaving on Friday.

Under-18s player Caspar Rose missed all the celebrations after breaking his leg during the match.

He was due to undergo an operation at Lismore Base Hospital yesterday.



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