NUMBER ONE SUPPORTER: Michael Giles with his partner Taela Wagenmakers who was wearing his jersey number in support of the Murgon Mustang.
NUMBER ONE SUPPORTER: Michael Giles with his partner Taela Wagenmakers who was wearing his jersey number in support of the Murgon Mustang. Laura Blackmore

GALLERY: Man of match lucky to be alive, let alone play

RUGBY LEAGUE: He was awarded Player of the Match for his efforts on the field in the A-Grade grand final.

However, off the field the Murgon Mustangs captain Michael Giles has had the battle of a life time.

The loyal player was lucky to be alive, let alone play in the premiership match on Saturday, September 7.

After sustaining injuries that threatened his ability to return to footy Giles said he was thrilled to be back doing what he loves.

"We moved back from the coast two years ago and won the grand final that year,” Giles said.

"However I had a bad car accident just after it and had to take last year off.

"It was so great to come back again and play this year and all the boys have welcomed me back with open arms.

"So now to win another grand final has just been very special,” he said.

Since starting with the Murgon Mustangs in the under 6's division Giles has a huge appreciation for the club and the great culture amongst their community.

Giles has not been along in his journey to recovery with supportive partner Taela Wagenmakers standing by her man through all the highs and lows.

"Each weekend you never know if you're going to end up with a hospital trip or not,” Wagenmakers said.

"He has already had three hospital trips this year.

"But I'm so proud of all the boys and Michael for how they have played this year.

"We are like a big family so we support everyone here at the club,” she said.

The final score in the A-Grade grand final was 28-14 with the Murgon Mustangs claiming victory over the Cherbourg Hornets at their home ground.

As the official grand final celebrations came to a close Giles confirmed the team will now be partying until Monday.

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