Whichever way you slice it, the Gold Coast was the real winner over the weekend!
Sure the Hawks and the Cowboys may have sent Hawthorn and North Queensland into celebration meltdown but what they may not have known was they were cheering on home grown Gold Coast talent!
It was an amazing grand final weekend and a fitting way to bring to a close the winter footy season for 2015.
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On Saturday the mighty fighting Hawks from Hawthorn achieved a feat thought by many to be impossible in today’s modern game as they demolished the West Coast Eagles to win their third consecutive premiership.
Not since the Brisbane Lions of 2001-03 has a team achieved such an history three-peat.
Amongst the ranks of superstar Hawks stood Gold Coast and Coolangatta Blue junior David Hale, now one of a handful of men in 150 years to have the honour of being introduced as a triple premiership ruckman.
You can bet the amber fluid was flowing at the Kirra Sports Club on Saturday afternoon, the club where a young Hale began his now glittering footy career.
As the collective Saturday night hangover subsided on the sand and in the surf of the Gold Coast beaches on Sunday morning, we began tuning into the Queensland love-in that was NRL Grand Final day.
No one was prepared for the final 5 minutes of the NRL Grand Final.
It will be spoken about as ranking amongst the greatest finishes to a game in the history of rugby league, as Michael Morgan created an equalising try for Kyle Feldt out of absolutely nothing to send the game into extra time.
Thurston would put a nice happy ending on the fairy tale finish with a winning field goal in the opening minute.
But just as the Cooly kids that had grown up kicking the footy around with or against Dave Hale had done the day before, Gold Coast league fans were wooting with extra enthusiasm Sunday night, as Burleigh boy and former PBC High student Ben Hannant was being awarded his second premiership medallion in a ten year (and counting) career that can only be called great.
So there you have it folks, our footy teams may not have made it to the big dance’s on the last weekend of the footy season, but make no mistake there were sons of the Gold Coast doing us all proud by holding aloft premiership cups on Saturday and Sunday nights.
Footy is over for 2015…bring on six months of surf, arvo storms and cricket!!