Camden's Lee Russell capped a fine individual year with man of the match honours in Saturday's Illawarra rugby grand final.
The Illawarra and NSW Country representative was the key link in the Rams backline that ran in three first half tries.
"It's been a good year," Russell said. "I played Illawarra this year and Country so this just caps it off."
It was Russell's pass that put centre partner Sam Campbell away for a try midway through the first half, and he combined with Campbell again to put Dane Kelly over in the corner on the stroke of half-time in what proved the killer blow.
Russell drove home the advantage with a sideline conversion that put the Rams out to an unassailable 20-3 lead.
"We did it tough, the second half probably wasn't our best football but in the first half we played well," he said. "They came out hard but our effort paid off in the end.
"Against them - out wide - you've got to be on the ball all day but we defended well and I couldn't be more proud of the boys."
Russell was quick to praise the effort of the Rams forward pack.
"They probably deserve this more than anybody else.
"We'll celebrate hard for a couple of days. We'll probably get the keys to the city," he said.
If Russell was best on ground, forward Mark Nightingale was a very close second.
The rangy second-rower was a huge physical presence in attack and defence and earned a rousing reception from the Camden crowd when receiving his premiership medal
"It was a very tough game, the pressure was on," Nightingale said.
"We'd already beaten them three times but the real pressure was on to go four from four.
"We knew we had to work hard and we knew defence was going to win it so that was the key.
"It's [premiership] been a long time coming. We're glad the win is over and we're going to celebrate hard."