Mad lads on a Monday mission
MAD Monday celebrations for Lennox Head rugby union club yesterday resembled a replay of the spaghetti western The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.
Almost two days of continual partying for the 2009 Far North Coast rugby union premiers moved onto to the club's home base at Williams Reserve.
Many of the players were a little worse for wear and they hardly resembled the well-drilled outfit that beat Lismore City 28-19 on Saturday night.
In fact, the outfits left a lot to be desired, with cross-dressing the order of the day.
Bad hair cuts were also put into play with Trojans coach Paul Jeffery losing a bet with his team and having his head shaved into a Mohawk.
“I said to them halfway through the year that if they won the grand final they could cut my rat's tail off,” Jeffrey said.
“And then I said to them that if they won the grand final, they could do whatever they wanted to my hair.”
By now Jeffery is likely to be completely bald, but he wouldn't want it any other way after his team triumphed on Saturday to claim its second successive final.
“It's always good to win, the boys are very happy,” he said.
“To come from behind, 19-7 at half-time, to win the way we did was a great way to win the grand final.
“Hopefully, we can keep the bulk of the team together and go for three-from-three.
“Not many people get the chance to go back-to-back; they went back-to-back and now there is a chance of 'three-peat'.
“That is a big carrot to dangle in front of them.”
While the Trojans are enjoying the good times now, there are some players who were there during the lean times, including wooden spoons in 2006 and 2007.
One of those players was Daniel Watt, who was elevated to the starting side after Lennox Head captain Harry Witt was suspended for six months.
Other players to experience both the good and bad times included James Coventry, Adam Gordon and Dane Bellato.