Crowd lifts team's spirits to take first home win in 30yrs
IT WAS a fairytale ending to the season for Murgon Mustangs, who took out the South Burnett Rugby League A-Grade Grand Final on home turf on Saturday.
Their victory was made even sweeter as it was the first time in 30 years they had won at the Murgon Showgrounds.
Murgon's opponents, the Cherbourg Hornets, started their game strongly by posting the first points in the match.
But Murgon pushed back and were quick to score.
At half-time, Murgon had taken the lead at 12-8, and showed no signs of slowing down.
During a team huddle, Cherbourg coach Errol Simpson told his side "now is the time to play the field and not just focus on tries”.
But the Cherbourg players were unable to match the Mustangs' speed and Murgon put away a few more tries, taking the final score to 28-14.
Murgon co-coach Jason Webber said their grand final win was backed by all of the hard effort the team had put in throughout the season.
"The whole team were just outstanding,” Webber said.
"So much time and preparation goes into the club and players.
"We are all so proud of the boys and how deep they dug on the weekend.
"It always makes it that extra bit special to win at home in front of our local crowd.”
For the past four years, Webber and Paul Brunjes have been co-coaching the squad.
Webber said their biggest aspiration for the players was for them to achieve their goals.
"We have only lost two games out of 15 this year,” he said.
"At training we play a lot of games and just want the guys to enjoy their footy.
"We won the game as a team and this is what you play for, the friendships you make and the memories that last a lifetime.
"No one can take that off them now and they will be able to tell future generations to come.”
The loyal coach said they hoped to keep a similar squad for next year, although there would be a few players hanging up the boots.
"I would just like to thank Neil Stanley, Mark Saltner and Peter Bligh for their service to the Mustangs,” he said.
"They have all been a huge influence at the club and will miss them next season.”