Still in playing gear: Storm celebrate on Coast
Storm were in full premiership party mode on the flight back to the Sunshine Coast on Sunday night, with some still in their playing gear.
And celebrations are set to “kick on” at Twin Waters.
Melbourne charged to a 26-20 triumph over the Penrith Panthers in the NRL grand final on Sunday night.
It followed a tough year in which the Storm have been based in the region since June due to COVID-19 concerns in their home state of Victoria.
After sealing their fourth premiership, the Storm were naturally straight into some big celebrations in the sheds, on the charter flight to the Coast and at Twin Waters resort.
“The flight home was pretty awesome last night with all the guys,” Christian Welch said from Twin Waters.
“Those poor flight attendants had to put up with us but it was a great night.
The team arrived back on the Coast at 4am, with some players including Cameron Smith and Dale Finucane still in their playing gear.
“Smithy was pretty good, there was about four or five guys who were still in their playing jersey, playing shorts and boots so it’s not a bad effort,” Welch said.
“Big Dale (Finucane) doesn’t normally have too many beers but he was celebrating last night.”
Finucane said celebrations would continue on Monday.
“As you can imagine the boys partied on to the early morning and there’s a couple boys that probably haven’t been to bed yet but (we’re) kicking it off again today (Monday),” he said.
After a big year, Finucane was elated to see his side take out top honours.
“It was a crazy year, obviously given the length of time it’s been,” he said.
“We had pre-season, played two games and then went back home for a six week period.
“Then (were in) Aubury and told (we’d be) here (Coast) for two or three weeks initially and then four or five months later we’re still here.
“Then obviously to go on and win the premiership, it’s never something I would imagine would happen in our lifetime, but it makes it all the sweeter.”