The Inverell Highlanders under-16s team have capped off an impressive season with a two-point win in a grand final thriller over Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School in Tamworth last Friday night.
In a game that could have gone either way, a missed conversion from Farrer was the only difference as Inverell were able to hold on for a 21-19 victory.
"It was very close in the end," Inverell coach Andrew Walsh said.
"The winning try came from a mistake from their backline, from the defensive pressure that we put on them and an intercept try that was taken and scored under the posts.
"It was just from them pushing the pass and the constant pressure all game."
Walsh said it was that defensive effort from his side that was the major factor in the grand final win.
"Our general defence across the paddock was outstanding and led us to being able to dominate field position and come away with the win," he said.
"I'm pretty proud of how they played, considering not a lot of them have played a lot of rugby.
"To beat a school like Farrer, who have a good rugby program was pretty good in the end."
A number of parents made the trip to Tamworth's Scully Park to watch the match, all very proud of the team's efforts.
Needless to say, all the players were absolutely thrilled with the win.
"A lot of them have now won two grand finals in year, so that's a pretty big feat," Walsh said.
"That was one of their driving passions, so good on them for sticking to their guns and playing a couple of different sports and getting to learn rugby and rugby league and AFL and all the different things that they play.
"It's good that they're out and about and trying different things."
With the majority of the playing group moving up into the next age group, Walsh is hoping to see them continue on next year.
"They're pretty keen to stay together as a playing group and see what unfolds next year," he said.
"Hopefully they'll move into the under-18s Friday night comp, it's another big step up as well.
"They're all town based kids and the biggest thing is trying to work and rugby league around work, a lot of these kids are working.
"That's our biggest challenge is getting to them play footy but also earning a bit of money."
Walsh wanted to thank Korey Candy, who was one of the main organisers of the team.
"His hard efforts trying to get all these boys to play paid off in the end," he said.