Camden added the final chapter to their fairytale season, capturing their first premiership in 18 years with a 20-10 defeat of Avondale in Saturday's grand final at WIN Stadium.
Proving beyond doubt they were the best team in 2013, the Rams charged to a 20-3 half-time lead and did enough in the second half to secure the club's third title in Illawarra Rugby's 60-year history.
More than a thousand Camden fans made the trip to Wollongong and didn't go home disappointed.
Police were called after opposing supporters tangled after the game outside the stadium, but nothing could dampen the Rams' elation.
"I asked the boys to go somewhere where they've never been and dig really deep, and they did that in spades today," Camden coach Brendan Schoupp said.
Despite claiming the minor premiership, Avondale didn't produce their best performance when it really mattered.
Part of that can be attributed to what Camden allowed them to do, but the Wombats accelerated their demise with a poor display in their set pieces, particularly their misfiring lineout.
Of their four clashes with Avondale in 2013, the Rams were a perfect 4-0.
They drew first blood on Saturday with fullback Tyler Aitken's 16th-minute try in the right corner.
Avondale centre Darryl Sanft opened his team's account minutes later with a penalty goal, but Camden quickly nullified that with Lee Russell's penalty goal for an 8-3 lead.
Rams centre Sam Campbell drove home the advantage with another try in the right corner and Russell's dead-eye conversion made it 15-3.
When winger Dane Kelly crossed in the same corner in the dying seconds of the first half, the look on the faces of some Avondale players suggested they were already beaten.
But that wasn't the case.
The Wombats took just five minutes in the second half to score through winger Eli Sinoti, with Sanft's conversion cutting the margin to 10.
Avondale fans sensed a comeback, but it never eventuated, as both teams struggled to click offensively over the final 30 minutes.
Schoupp has now guided two clubs to premierships after steering Shamrocks to the 2007 title.
Avondale had better luck in the second grade grand final, thrashing Camden 45-18, though the Wombats went down 23-15 to Tech Waratahs in third grade.
The Woonona Shamrocks claimed the under-20 Colts premiership with a 22-12 victory over Vikings.