Single point seals the deal
THE Noosa Dolphins were so brave in defeat in the grand final.
They paid the price for letting the Caboolture skip out to a 17-0 lead but even so managed to fight back valiantly.
They were relentless for the final 40 minutes but fell agonisingly, gut-wrenchingly short.
Prop Gary McNeil, who has been a rock for the club for so long, crossed in the 78th minute to get his side back within a point, only to run out of time.
For the SNakes it was a catharsis, the likes of which would be seldom seen on a football field - a genuine release of emotion.
Grown men stretched their arms in the air in a show of pure adulation, they ran to their nearest clubmate and wrapped their arms around them. All of them cheered, some of them cried.
For 30 years a chip built up on the shoulders of the Caboolture Snakes and on Sunday it was blown away in one fell swoop when they claimed a nail-biting 20-19 Wartung Premiership grand final win over the Noosa Dolphins.
It was the Snakes' first Sunshine Coast Rugby Union premiership in their three-decade existence. All premierships mean something, but do not be mistaken, there was a special gravity attached to this one.
In the end the brilliance of the Snakes' outside backs was the deciding factor. Fullback Jay Forrester changed the game on several occasions and winger Tane Kiel, who usually would not receive the same accolades as his No.15, was equally destructive.