Champion effort from St George
NICK Emmett has enjoyed a few parties in his life.
None as much as the one he went to with his St George Illawarra Dragons teammates on Sunday night.
The 28-year-old former Hervey Bay Seagulls representative loved every minute of celebrating the Dragons National Rugby League 32-8 grand final triumph over the Sydney Roosters.
Emmett didn’t play in the grand finale after being one of the four players cut from the squad on the morning of the premiership-decider.
He didn’t let that disappointment spoil the party.
“Bud, it doesn’t get any better than winning the premiership,” said Emmett, who scored one try in 19 games for the premiers this season.
“I feel on top on the world – it feels fantastic.
“Words cannot do it justice to be honest – I can tell you that there’s nothing better than this feeling.
“We’ve worked so hard as a unit this season and that, and our determination to get rid of that chokers tag, paid off when it mattered most.
“We had some unfinished business to attend to after what happened last season and we did it in the best possible way.
“There were plenty of people who said we were boring throughout the season – I think we silenced those critics with our performance in the decider.”
Winning the premiership caps off what has been a great couple of weeks for Emmett.
He secured his immediate playing future by signing a new one-year deal with the premiers, something he said he’d love to include another premiership success in.
“Why not?” asked Emmett, who spent almost four seasons playing for the Seagulls.