Mustangs muster for Kempsey victory march

CAR horns blared, schoolkids high-fived and chanted, and Kempsey CBD workers cheered in support of the marching Mustangs yesterday.

The rugby league club brought back two trophies from its three-match Group 2 grand finals adventure at Nambucca Heads last weekend.

Dozens of Macleay Valley Mustangs players, coaching staff, officials, supporters and family members took to the streets in a well-supported victory parade.

Many wore the blue and gold club colours as they trooped from outside the Kempsey Shire Council offices, along Elbow St, into the centre of town, then back again.

First grade double-try scorer Jeremy Taylor was still on cloud nine yesterday.

"It's one of the best feelings in the world, great for the town," he said.

Mayor-elect Liz Campbell started the festivities, acknowledging the significance for the entire Macleay Valley community of Sunday's success.

"When I heard you had won on Sunday it was better than hearing I'd topped the poll," she announced to the Mustangs contingent before the march began.

"It's not just about winning a football match, it's about what it means for all of the Macleay."

With that, the procession headed eastwards towards the CBD.

From passing vehicles came cheers and beeps and then, from behind the railings of Kempsey West Public School, was a gathering of schoolchildren excitedly awaiting their local football heroes.

And a second school group beckoned at Services Park, with St Joseph's Primary School pupils chanting "Go Mustangs!" as the parade participants shook hands and slapped high fives with the youngsters.

Businesses in Belgrave and Smith streets - many of which had decorated their windows in Mustangs colours - emptied briefly to applaud the passing procession, before marchers retraced their steps to West Kempsey.

Macleay Valley Mustangs president Mike Spalding did his usual share of the heavy lifting at the vanguard.

He brought up the rear, dragging a small trolley with a speaker system, allowing the players and coaches to enjoy their deserved limelight.

'Mustang Sally' was the apt choice of song for the occasion emanating from the speakers.

"It makes me so happy to see everyone else happy, and all the support from the street and the traffic is special," Mr Spalding said.

"It has been a busy week for me, I haven't had a chance to enjoy the celebrations. There has been a lot to organise for next Friday."

Mr Spalding expressed his gratitude to Kempsey Shire Council for helping to coordinate the parades yesterday and last Saturday and for its support throughout the year.

The Mustangs celebrations will conclude at the club's presentation night on Friday, September 21, at the Kempsey Showground pavilion.

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