Gerringong Lions and Albion Park Eagles have claimed the women’s and men’s finals flag respectively in the Wollongong Touch Premier League.
Gerringong and Dapto were at full strength in the women’s game, with key players returning for finals day. Emma Tonegato, fresh from her Jillaroos campaign, carved up the field for the Lions, while Vienna Randal returned after five weeks out to boost the Canaries.
Tonegato was on song early for Gerringong, boosting them to an early lead, but Dapto clawed back through Randal and Cara Zaremski and there was only a try separating the two teams at halftime.
Both teams traded touchdowns to start the second, before the Lions finished with a flurry.
Destiny Air sealed the win in a player of the final performance and Gerringong claimed its first Premier League crown, 10-5.
In the men’s competition, the Eagles came from fourth spot to defeat Wests Red Devils 5-1 in the grand final for their second title in a row.
Bolstered by the return of Jack Lewis, the Eagles held on against fast-finishing minor premiers Thirroul 5-4 in the semi, and then took it to another level when they met Wests in the decider.
The Red Devils themselves had a tough semi, sneaking past Shoalhaven, but they couldn’t take that running game into the grand final.
Albion Park weathered the early storm as the two sides went to halftime locked at 1-all, but the second half was all theirs.
Even a player in the sin bin couldn’t slow the defending champs down, running in four unanswered second half tries for a 5-1 win. Jacob Lambert was named player of the final.