UP UP Cronulla.

As a Queenslander there haven't been too many moments where I have found myself hoping Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita emerge victors.

But on Sunday watching my first NRL grand final, it was hard not to join in song with the 90,000 plus supporters at ANZ Stadium.

To wait so long for a premiership is a testament the club's resilience and while painful, it provided a moment of genuine history making when the drought finally came to an end.

Jack Bird played the whole game with a limp arm, Fifita ran more than 200 metres and Michael Ennis was at his niggling best.

Despite the impressive display by the Melbourne Storm defence, the Sharks just would not be denied their moment of victory.

The Harold Holt jokes were flying, and only those truly desperate to beat the rush home left before the emotional presentations which followed.

It was disappointing not to see former Ipswich Jet Kurt Capewell enjoy a stint on the field, but you can be sure he wasn't left out of the celebrations.

For his first year with the Newtown Jets and Cronulla, that was an incredible introduction to the NRL.



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