The Ipswich Jets have claimed the Brisbane Rugby League premiership with a 26-16 victory over Wynnum Manly Redland City at Langlands Park.
Ipswich trailed 12-10 at the break but three successive tries in the second half and a resolute defensive effort saw them get home.
"I'm immensely proud," coach Mark Bishop said after the match.
"We all juggle work, family and other commitments, I know all the other sides are in the same boat but I'm just so happy for the players that their hard work has been rewarded with the ultimate prize."
Halfback Chris Ash was named man of the match, with his solo effort coming at a crucial moment, giving the Jets a 20-12 lead midway through the second half.
His halves partner Haydan Lipp set up the next try – a perfectly timed ball to second rower Mitchell Tuite – to break the back of the opposition.
Bishop paid tribute to his playmakers, saying they were both destined for higher honours next season.
“They’re both on the cusp of regular Intrust Super Cup,” he said.
“And I think that’s the case with a lot of our squad, I know Ben and Shane Walker have no hesitation in calling up any of our guys.
“Another standout was David Tahavalu – he had interest from Central Queensland when they were a bit short on props but he decided to stay here and we’re glad he did.”
Seagulls' back Zach Koitka scored in the last minute to bring the final margin to ten points.
Wynnum Manly lacked the polish of earlier performances in their third loss to Ipswich from four starts this season.
Earlier, Jets’ hooker Peter Whittaker opened the scoring before Matt Smith helped his team level at 6-all when he put Pat Matulino over off an inside ball.
In a frantic first half, both sides had chances near the line until a rampaging run from Isimeeli Hafoka put Ipswich back in front 10-6.
However, the Seagulls took a 12-10 halftime advantage thanks to a weaving run from fullback Mitch Lollback.
From there, Ipswich took control of the game with Jordan Tighe, Ash and Lipp stretching the lead out of Wynnum Manly Redland City’s reach.
“It was a learning curve for the whole team this year,” Bishop said.
“It was a style I’d never coached before but to be honest I stood back and watched a lot – it was largely up to the players.
“There were some exciting moments and some frustrating moments too but the boys adapted and once we built combinations it was great.”
Lipp was presented with the player of the year award after the match, while Gaters mentor Craig Rodgers was named the coach of the year.
IPSWICH JETS 26 (Jordan Tighe, Chris Ash, Peter Whittaker, Mitchell Tuite, Isimeeli Hafoka tries; Haydan Lipp 3 goals) def WYNNUM MANLY REDLAND CITY SEAGULLS 16 (Mitchell Lollback, Zach Koitka, Patrick Matulino tries; Jeriah Goodrich 2 goals) at Tapout Energy Stadium, Langlands Park, Stones Corner.
Player of the Match: Chris Ash (Ipswich Jets)
Player of the Year: Haydan Lipp (Ipswich Jets)
Coach of the Year: Craig Rodgers (Gaters)