Collegians five-eighth Sam Duggan kicked a long field goal with 30 seconds remaining to lift his side to a heart-stopping 29-28 win in yesterday's grand final at WIN Stadium.
Featuring five lead changes and more twists and turns than a Hollywood thriller, the 2013 premiership decider was a classic which will be filed under the had-to-see-it-to-believe-it category.
In shades of the major semi-final between the same teams a fortnight ago, the Tigers were seemingly in control when back-rower Blake Phillips' second try extended the lead to 26-16 with just under 20 minutes remaining.
But Collies knew they had time and just needed an opening.
That came with Duggan's converted try, which was quickly followed by halfback Kyle Eather's next to the posts.
As much as the Tigers must've tried to keep their minds from drifting back to the major semi-final, they seemed to sense they had blown their chance to bury the Dogs.
But they still had eight minutes to regroup and find a winning play of their own.
The Burgh caught a break when they received a penalty on a touch judge's report for a swinging arm.
Tempting as it would've been to go for a try, the Tigers opted for a shot at goal, which was calmly converted by Hayden McCrae with three minutes to play.
The Tigers missed two field goal attempts in the final frantic minutes, while Collies also failed with their first shot.
But when the ball came to Duggan 40 metres out with time running out, he nailed it perfectly, giving it just enough power to carry the crossbar.
The Tigers raced to halfway to restart but the Dogs secured possession and the full-time siren followed moments later.
"I'm pretty speechless to be honest," Duggan said.
"For us to come back from that and end up finishing like that, it's just unbelievable. It just shows how tight we are.
"We could've thrown in the towel with 15 to go, but we dug deep. I'm just ecstatic."
The Tigers were on the board first through McCrae's penalty goal before the Dogs responded with winger Mason Pure tapping a crosskick back to centre Alipate Noilea for a try.
Collies increased the lead with prop Charlie Faingaa's try by the posts, but Tigers fullback Jason Raper kick-started his side with a try.
The Burgh forged ahead 14-10 with Phillips' try, only to allow Collies to hit back with Kane Skarratts' try and fall behind 16-14 at half-time.
The Tigers regained the lead with winger Wayne Bremner's try and were well on the way to snapping the club's 20-year premiership drought when Phillips crossed for his second.
But the Dogs broke their hearts again, proving they are never beaten.
Of their four meetings with the Burgh this year, Collies finished a perfect 4-0.
Strangely, Collies coach Scott Logan waved off the opportunity to speak about his side's remarkable win.
Fortunately assistant coach Josh Guyatt wasn't as media-shy.
"It's a great effort. A lot of people don't realise there's a lot of spirit in this club," Guyatt said.
"The Burgh are a quality team and we knew it was going to be a tough game, but there's a lot of heart and pride among the boys and they really dug for each other.
"It took a field goal in the 79th minute to win a grand final, and that's what dreams are made of. They fought hard and they deserve all they credit they get."
The Tigers knew they had let the big one get away and were virtually inconsolable.
"It's devastating. We gave it our all," captain Steve McCallum said.
"We tried our hardest but unfortunately we just came up short.
"They just got the luck of the bounce really. That's all it came down to.
"I'd say all the boys will want to come back next year for sure. We'll just want it a bit more now. I'm proud of the whole team.""