IN a fitting finale to the South Coast Group 7 Rugby League's centenary season, Gerringong Lions won a golden point thriller against Warilla-Lake South Gorillas to clinch the 2013 first grade title.
Two Brad Davidson field goals - one of them with three seconds remaining in regular time - gave the Lions a stirring 14-13 victory in Sunday's grand final at Nowra Showground.
Despite being a scrappy, penalty-riddled affair at times, both clubs saved arguably their most bruising exchanges for the last game of the year.
The match was the third decider within four seasons between the two proud clubs and the Lions' second title from four consecutive grand finals.
Gerringong won by a point in 2010, the Gorillas thumped them in 2011, and they lost by two points to Albion Park-Oak Flats last season.
Lions coach Mick Cronin acknowledged his side's recent history of close results in grand finals, while praising his players' commitment and perseverance.
He said as Davidson kicked the first field goal, he knew it was successful by the reaction of those around him.
Davidson, again filling in at halfback while Rixon Russell slotted into fullback, also took home Man of the Match honours.
The teams jostled for position early, feeling their way a little nervously into the staccato-paced affair.
First points of the day came in the 19th minute, when Warilla hooker Beau Sewell latched onto a miracle off-load from Aaron Henry in heavy traffic and crashed over, under the posts.
Both sides peppered each other's try-line to no avail, frustration visibly creeping into the game.
Lions winger Taylor Hudson's acrobatic display reeled in Davidson's cross-field bomb, before passing to Corey Mulhall to touch down. Peter Cronin's conversion levelled the scores.
A penalty during the next set of tackles gave the minor premiers a valuable piggy-back up-field.
They went back-to-back when Michael Brown crossed and headed to the break ahead 12-6.
The Battle of the Jungle raged on, its error rate largely attributable to the brutal contact.
Something had to give, and a glut of possession finally paid dividends for the Gorillas just past the hour mark.
Skipper Aaron Henry's strength and skill found Craig Nolan in a gap, who streaked over from close range and converted to level the scores.
Nolan slotted a one-pointer with eight minutes left, and appeared they may get home after turning the desperate Lions away. However, Davidson's first field goal from 30 metres out sent it into extra time.
After two unsuccessful field goal attempts from the Gorillas, three minutes into the additional period Davidson booted a second, a 35-metre one-pointer, to break Warilla's collective hearts.
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