Celebrations at Mallanganee in 2000 as supporters take a drink from the Goat’s Head cup.
Celebrations at Mallanganee in 2000 as supporters take a drink from the Goat’s Head cup. JACKLYN WAGNER

Have you seen this cup?

THE Richmond Range and Ballina rugby union clubs have both pointed the finger and want to know one thing leading up to their big game in Mallanganee next weekend.

And that is: Who had the Goat’s Head Cup last and where has it gone?

The two teams will contest the Goat’s Head Cup for the first time since 2003. Range won it and left the third grade competition at the end of the season.

The goat head with a shooter mug through it was made by the Ballina club in recognition of Range stalwart Bill Allen – otherwise known as “Goaty”.

Club president Brett Carroll has been in search of the coveted goat’s head, but to no avail.

“It was last seen at the Tattersall’s pub in Casino a few years ago,” Carroll said.

“I went in there to find it about 18 months ago and the bartender said someone else had come in and asked for it. He seemed to think it was someone from the Ballina rugby club, too.”

The Seahorses deny having seen the prized head since 2003.

“They definitely won it last and we heard that it had gone missing at some stage,” Ballina captain Mick Koellner said.

“You would grab it by the horns and the winning captain would scull out of it. We used to hang it up behind the bar in the clubhouse.”

Range also had a decorated prosthetic leg that was used to drink from and celebrate after games.

“It’s gone missing too,” Carroll said.

“It’s a shame because the leg and the goat’s head could be anywhere between Casino and Ballina.

“Maybe someone has picked it up by accident in Casino and taken it, hopefully not knowing what it was.”

If the search fails Carroll has a contingency plan.

“We might grab a ram’s head and attach a mug to it,” he said.

“But it would be great to have the original back, it’s part of our tradition and something that everyone remembers.

Anyone with information on where the goat’s head might be can phone Carroll on 0488-066623.



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