Twelve months after they were denied a shot at the Cricket Illawarra title by COVID-19, University have finally put their hands on the one trophy that has eluded the club in recent years.
The side claimed a comprehensive 111-run victory over Wollongong in Saturday's one-day grand final, Mitch Hearn named man of the match after an impressive 85 that set the tone for his team.
University have made no secret of their desire to win both the Twenty20 and 50-over titles in the one year, the team taking out the short-form competition in the past two seasons.
The title was a long time coming for the bulk of the squad, captain Rhys Voysey one of five players to also feature in the 2014 grand final that ended in a draw, the trophy handed to the Lions based on ladder position.
"Mitch and I joined Uni at the same time, it's been a long time for us to get that first premiership," Voysey said. "Our first crack we had was that first year, we were pretty unfortunate, went off for bad light.
"We had to wait seven years for the next genuine crack at it. It's not just Mitch, there's a handful of blokes that have been together and experienced that disappointment, to be able to have today happen is awesome."
For Wollongong, the long wait for a premiership continues, the club's last title coming in 1971.
The Lighthouse Keepers were left to lament a disastrous finish to the first innings, the side seeing a commanding position slip through their grasp as Hearn and Andrew Page (62*) took control of the match.
The pair combined for a 120-run partnership, University scoring 96 runs in the final 10 overs to reach 3-219. Wollongong had restricted their opponents to just 2-90 at the 35-over mark.
Captain Nathan Loveday was disappointed with the outcome, the wicketkeeper conceding his team failed to win the big moments.
"We're disappointed, gutted," Loveday said. "It's been a long season, we've put a lot of time and effort in. To fall at the final hurdle is disappointing but hopefully it's a learning curve for our boys and we can come back bigger and better next year.
"We lost the toss on a pretty good deck, they batted and batted the house down. We didn't bowl too bad, they've got Pagey and Hearny that really steered them in the right way and they're two very good players.
"I think the big game experience they've had in the past probably helped them and that's probably something we've lacked as a unit. Hats off to them, they were outstanding today."
Defending 220, Voysey set the tone early for his side, the fast bowler taking a wicket in the first over of the second innings.
Wollongong were quickly reduced to 3-13 before they embarked on a steady rebuild, however University were always in control.
Angus Cumming took four wickets, while spinner Vijay Karthik claimed two crucial scalps to finish with 2-7 off five overs.
With Wollongong digging in with the bat, Voysey praised his players for slowly grinding their opponents down, the Lighthouse Keepers eventually all out for 108.
"The 11 blokes out there today, they should really be commended on their effort," Voysey said. "It wasn't just a straightforward 10 wickets, it was a tough grind for us. The fact that everyone stayed in it, I couldn't ask for anything more."