The Newcastle Knights made NRLW history at Accor Stadium on Sunday afternoon when they claimed their maiden premiership with a convincing 32-12 win over the Parramatta Eels in the 2022 decider.
Tamika Upton collected the Karyn Murphy Medal as player of the match and Dally M rookie of the year, Jesse Southwell, who was outstanding in attack, became the youngest grand final winner in history at 17 years and 232 days.
It wasn’t a happy afternoon or evening for those in the blue and yellow as then the Penrith Panthers celebrated back-to-back NRL premierships with a dominant 28-12 win over the Parramatta Eels.
They were nearly faultless against the Eels, whose years of heartache has stretched into a 37th year.
The Panthers lost just four games all year – twice to the Eels during the regular season – but were never troubled on Sunday night. In the past three years alone, they have won 67 of 78 matches, making their run the most dominant since Parramatta claimed three straight titles in the early 1980s.
And after 15 minutes on Sunday night, it was clear it was going to be very challenging for the Eels to have a fairy tale ending. Great though, they got some rungs on the board.
So ends another season of rugby league, although the World Cup in the UK is just around the corner.