The Mullumbimby Giants Rugby League Club returned to the field this week after mourning the death of hooker Tim Watkins, and collected wins across all four grades.
‘It has been a tough and emotional week at the club, and everyone has been trying to support each other,’ first grade coach Dallas Waters said. ‘Tim was an integral part of the club and first grade this year.
‘It was the right decision to postpone last week’s game, but it was also good for the club to come together again.
‘Tim would have wanted us to get out and play. It was an honour to remember his life the way he enjoyed it.
‘People came down to the games, some dressed up as Tim liked to do for a party, to support friends and family,’ he said.
The club put together four wins at the Les Donnelly Field in tough, wet conditions including a 22–18 win in first grade.
‘It was a hard physical game in slippery conditions. It was about hanging in there and winning it in the last five minutes,’ Waters said.
‘There is also no doubt the result came on the back of our defence,’
It was first grade’s fourth win from 11 starts this year and could mark the end of a difficult period for the club in terms of injuries and the unavailability of quality players.
‘We had players coming back and we are really looking forward to this week’s game against the Tweed Coast Raiders,’ Dallas said.
In other games the Reserves won 14–6, the Ladies’ Tag team won 28–6, and the U/18s started the run with a 26–14 victory.
‘To get four wins is a great achievement for the club,’ he said.