Thirroul came from behind to secure the Illawarra Coal League minor premiership as part of a thrilling weekend of sport action, captured by the Mercury photographers.
The Butchers trailed 18-4 against Wests - who had beaten title rivals Helensburgh the previous week - but came roaring back with three late tries to seal a stunning 20-18 victory.
But elsewhere, competition leaders couldn’t make a great escape.
Bulli have been a runaway success this year, but were brought crashing back to earth by Wollongong United on Saturday.
The Bulli 13-match unbeaten streak ended with United edging them 2-1, allowing Dapto Dandaloo to move within one point at the top of the ladder.
South Coast Wolves showed impressive form before their FFA Cup clash on Wednesday next week, thrashing Marconi 4-1, even though they are out of the NSW Premier League finals picture.
In the South Coast AFL, Bomaderry earned a confidence-boosting 90-point win over Figtree as they prepare to tackle perennial heavyweights Wollongong Bulldogs and Kiama in the finals.
In Group Seven rugby league, Nowra-Bomaderry held on to third place with an easy win over Albion Park-Oak Flats, as Jamberoo overcame Berry-Shoalhaven Heads, before they take on leaders Warilla this weekend.
The Mercury also captured the best of the Illawarra netball action, with full coverage in Thursday’s paper.
Check out the bumper gallery of photos taken by the Mercury photography team.