The grieving Murwillumbah Mustangs managed to pull off a two-point victory (16-14) against the Cudgen Hornets in the NRRRL grand final yesterday afternoon.
The finals match followed a memorial for Mustangs player Grant Cook, who collapsed and died during a semi final match against the Casino Cougars last weekend.
The players entered the Cudgen Leagues Club ground in a guard of honour, under a banner draped with Grant’s jersey, which was followed by a round of applause for the popular player.
The win was simply announced on the team’s Facebook page yesterday, along with posts about Grant and his family.
Shirts containing Grant’s image were made available for purchase ahead of the grand final, along with the details of a special account to help support his widow, Coleen, and their two young children.
A team Facebook post late last week read, ‘Grant’s legacy will live on in all our hearts. I think he would love the day to be celebrated for rugby league, the game he loved. Let’s go Stangs!’