Three inspirational moments behind Noosa’s Colts glory
From big talk to big plays, there was plenty of energising moments to drive Noosa's Colts towards the coveted premiership double.
The Dolphins were the first to taste grand final victory on Saturday, defeating USC Barbarians 27-10 to claim back-to-back premierships.
It was the opening battle of four deciders held at Noosa.
A jubilant coach Eric Smyth said he was proud of the "solid team performance" across the entire park.
"There's nothing better than winning the grand final, it's what we've been building for all year and it was really good to get the job done," he said.
"There were a couple things that we wanted to do really well (in attack) and we mostly hit that and it really paid off.
"Our defence was really strong too and it paid big dividends for us especially later in the game."
Naturally, being a grand final, Noosa threw everything they had into the encounter with some big efforts pushing them to victory.
Here are three inspirational moments that mattered for Noosa in the Colts grand final:
After a tough tussle in the opening half, USC were still well in the fight running out on field after the break.
Although they lead 19-10, captain Yvahn Allsworth was eager for Noosa to keep their foot on the pedal and push the gap out.
In a bid to fire them up, Allsworth resorted to a quick pep talk.
"After halftime there was a scrum and I told the boys to look at the crowd and their family and fans and everyone there supporting us and that's what kept us going," he said.
The reminder of those sitting sideline in support energised the outfit, with Noosa not just keeping USC scoreless in the second stanza but piling on the points.
While lauding the team's effort, Smyth was also quick to highlight some key talents behind the victory.
"It's hard to pick (an MVP) after that one, we had so many big players," he said.
"But, Kye Atkinson was huge and Leo Langbridge had a good game.
"Both of our 10s played exceptionally well and both of our 12s had a really big job to do in the middle and I couldn't praise them anymore."
Of the bunch, Smyth said Atkinson had been a particularly important standout.
"He provided us a lot, assisting our carriers through the middle and running great support lines off them," he said.
"And his front on defence in particular is always dominating.
"He gives us a lot over the ball and had some key turnovers in the first half."
Though up 22-10, a stellar breakaway try by Tyson Schefe sealed the deal for Noosa's premiership.
After catching a USC pass, the teenager bolted more than half the field down the left side to cross for key points.
However, it was in doubt for some time as match officials debated whether or not to award it.
"That intercept was a game changer," captain Allsworth said.
"It was a bit controversial but we ended up getting it.
"That was a big game moment."