Mal Graham took a satisfying walk down memory lane over the weekend.
In almost a carbon copy of his historic 1991 premiership triumph with Macquarie, the current crop of Scorpions again overcame a Western Suburbs side touted for glory.
Graham, the captain-coach at Toronto for the inaugural title, said 26 years on there was a similar vibe in both the nature of grand final victory and the ensuing celebrations.
“It just turned back the clock,” Graham said.
“The place [Toronto Workers Club] was packed, there were people queuing up in the foyer, everyone was celebrating and congratulating each other. And all well deserved.
“The best thing about watching [the game from the ground], it was never in doubt. We were just so dominant and Wests kept succumbing to the pressure.
“It was a very similar feeling and timeline to us.”
Macquarie beats Wests 21-10 in the 1991 decider at Harker Oval.
This year’s Scorpions squad, under coach Adam Bettridge for a third straight season, add the Newcastle first grade crown to the State Cup and Mudgee Nines.