The Dolphins claimed a tense 10-9 triumph over University at Sunshine Coast Stadium yesterday to secure the SGQ Cup premiership.
It was a welcome change for Noosa captain Jarrod Postle and many of his teammates.
"The last few years hurt," he said.
"We haven't really spoken about it, but it's always been in the back of our heads, what it's been like it in the past, so I'm just so happy for our team to win this one."
Postle said the pain of past defeats had provided Noosa with the motivation it needed this time around.
"It pushed us," he said.
"We know exactly how Uni is feeling now and it's not a good feeling. I certainly didn't want to go through that again ... so this is just awesome."
It was Noosa's seventh grand final in a row yesterday but only its second premiership in that time.
The Dolphins are, how
ever, the Sunshine Coast's traditional heavyweight, having won the A-grade competition 15 times.
Noosa finished the regular season as minor premier, ahead of University.
Concerns a handful of University's main players would not lace up yesterday because of injury proved unfounded. The first half was a tense but relatively dour affair with some handling and kicking errors.
University claimed a 6-0 lead through successive penalties converted by winger Daniel Nethery.
Noosa centre Dave Harrold missed a penalty attempt, but the next one was successful and reduced the margin to three.
Then Noosa missed a golden opportunity.
University's Daniel Gibson fumbled a Noosa bomb and opposing winger Nathaniel Forrest only had to pick the ball up, with the try line begging, but knocked on.
Then Nethery converted a penalty attempt to provide University with a 9-3 half-time advantage.
NOOSA crossed after half-time only to be called back for a forward pass, but the Dolphins bagged a try in the next minute when flanker Keith Strajner burrowed over.
Harrold's successful conversion propelled Noosa to a 10-9 lead on 51 minutes.
Harrold then hit the upright with a penalty attempt from 40m out.
But it mattered little as the Dolphins held on, with imposing performances from flyhalf Postle, forward Tony Harmer and player-of-the-year, fullback Matt George.
University coach Steve Scotland praised forwards Cory Tehuia and Gavin Hams, but said his side was not at its best.
"It was largely frustrating," he said.
"We put in a lot of work throughout the year but our decision-making let us down and also our application to the skills.
"But I'm proud of the boys. They put in everything."
In reserve grade, Noosa Maroon defeated Noosa White 15-13 in a tense affair.
Noosa Maroon finished the regular season as minor premier, with 10 wins and two losses.
The two sides had met in a major semi-final a fortnight earlier with Maroon winning that one 14-8.
(K Strajner try, D Harrold conv, D Harrold pen)
(D Nethery 3 pen)
Written by Steele Taylor
Courtesy of The Sunshine Coast Daily