The Courier-Mail

End-of-season partying capped to prevent repeat of booze boat trip

- TRAVIS MEYN TOM BOSWELL

THE Titans will tone down their ‘‘Mad Monday’’ celebratio­ns after last year’s booze cruise debacle.

The NRL team’s 2014 postseason celebratio­ns were under surveillan­ce as part of the investigat­ion that led police to a multimilli­on-dollar cocaine ring.

A maritime investigat­ion also stemmed from the Broadwater cruise after a player fell from the boat into the water.

Club management has banned the players from going on another cruise and any celebratio­ns are expected to be tame compared with previous years.

Titans CEO Graham Annesley said the team would gather on Monday to farewell the 15 players who are leaving the club.

“Our players are informally getting together with the coaching staff to farewell the significan­t number of players and staff departing this year,” he said.

“The club is not organising it and there will be no past ‘Mad Monday’ activities such as fancy dress.”

The players are expected to be on their best behaviour after five were charged with cocaine supplying offences in February.

Greg Bird, Dave Taylor, Beau Falloon, Kalifa Faifai Loa and Jamie Dowling are still going through the court process with their cases to be mentioned again next month.

The players have previously celebrated the end-of-season at private functions in pubs.

It is believed a team barbecue has been proposed but the players are yet to decide how they will farewell the season after they play their last match against the Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday.

Across the city at Metricon Stadium, Suns stand-in skipper Michael Rischitell­i said the AFL club was not concerned about the dangers of the looming off-season and was confident it was in a better place because of this year’s events.

Gold Coast will play their final game of the season against Sydney on Saturday night before approachin­g the off-season period which h has haunted the club this year. The events surroundin­g former Suns player Karmichael Hunt’s illicit drug use was the first among a series of on and off-field challenges for the club in the past 12 months.

Rischitell­i revealed the team had a discussion about their expectatio­ns for the highrisk time yesterday and were as prepared as they could be. “Are we worried?’’ he said. ‘‘No. Can it happen? Yes, But I think with the group we have got and what we have learnt along the way I think we should be right.”

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PLAYERS WATCHED: Titans CEO Graham Annesley.
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