Starved of finals football throughout his superb career, Camden captain Gavin Holder is driven to make up for lost time.
Holder led his beloved Rams into their first post-season game in 15 years on Saturday against the battle-tested Woonona Shamrocks, throwing himself into everything as his side secured a 34-17 victory.
Camden coach Brendan Schoupp said the long-time NSW Country rep played like a man possessed.
"Gavin Holder was outstanding," Schoupp said.
"I know he's waited a long time for this. He led the team well and his ball-carrying and decision-making were great."
Camden hadn't played since August 10 and might've been concerned about a lack of match fitness.
But they showed no signs of rust or nerves in the qualifying semi-final against the Rocks, scoring four tries to one for a decisive win.
"We knew Shamrocks would turn up ready to play because they're a good team and they play good finals football," Schoupp said.
"We've ticked a lot of boxes as a club throughout the year, so it was good to turn up against a finals-hardened football team and win the game, and probably dominate a fair bit of that game."
While Holder was instrumental, the Rams were well served by second-rowers Tim Whindle and Mark Nightingale, halfback Josh Holmes and flanker Aaron Locksley.
Shining in the outside backs were inside centre Lee Russell and winger Nick Daly.
"Everyone played well right across the park," Schoupp said.
"Nick Daly's form over the back end of the year has been fantastic. He and Gavin were probably our best."
The Rocks meet University in this Sunday's minor semi-final, while Camden lock horns with minor premiers Avondale in the major semi.