YEARS of blood, sweat and tears finally came to fruition for Yanco-Wamoon who tasted their first grand final victory on Sunday afternoon when they defeated their traditional arch rivals.
The Hawks have been the best league tag team all year and their resilience and team work was on display on Sunday against the Leeton Greens when they recorded their first ever premiership win, 12-4.
On a cold and blustery day, it was obvious from the get-go that the match would be a hard-fought match between the two sides.
A derby grand final was something fans have been longing for ever since the league tag competition and that is exactly what they got.
The Leeton Greens and Yanco-Wamoon colours were proudly on show and it was the Hawks who struck first through Tess Staines, who also picked up the best on ground honours on Sunday.
A set play had Staines running into a gap to cross the line, with the score 6-0, 13 minutes into the game.
Soon after Staines had her team on the board again following a 70-metre dash that had the scoreline 12-0.
However, Leeton weren't ready to give up.
After half-time the match was tight and the Greens gave the Hawks a scare when Anna Poulsen scored in the corner with six minutes remaining.
Yanco-Wamoon were able to hang on and lift up their very first premiership cup.
Captain-coach Monique Higgins said the feeling of finally winning the flag was an "unbelievable one".
"The girls really stuck it out today and we've come away with the win ... it's unreal, awesome," she said.
"It's that little bit sweeter (having defeated Leeton).
"It's finally paid off. It's been a long time coming. It's here. It's real. We've done it."
Higgins paid tribute to the Greens on the day and was pleased to see the sport of league tag so strong in the shire.
Her biggest praise of all was reserved for her side, including the heroics from Staines on the day.
"(Her) two quick tries were really good and we knew we had the defence to keep them out," Higgins said.
"We kept our heads and came away with the win."
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