Sawtell celebrate grand final win

HAVING toiled for 80 brutal minutes during Sunday's Group 2 grand final, Sawtell was enjoying its premiership success in style yesterday during the club's Mad Monday celebrations.

Having partied hard on Sunday night at the club's major sponsor, the Sawtell Hotel, the Panthers boys continued on at Rex Hardaker Oval yesterday.

Most of the players were more than a little second-hand.

Word among the group yesterday was that only three or four players managed to get some sleep on Sunday night but with good reason.

Sawtell had won a thrilling grand final on Sunday when it overcame Nambucca Heads 29-28 to signal the beginning of a party that would last for another couple of days yet.

Most in the group were carrying the scars of battle.

Captain-coach Rohan Loudon courageously took to the field in the second half after suffering a fractured jaw only six weeks earlier.

The right-hand side of Loudon's face was swollen yesterday as was the right hand of Damian Irvine, who broke his hand for the second time in a grand final after doing likewise in the club's 2009 success.

The boys were feeling no pain yesterday, though, as the injuries were relieved by a few beverages.

As each drink was finished, the tall stories from grand final day became even taller.

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