CSU Reddies star Sophie Thomson may have taken out this year's Adamson Medal but the team's drought-breaking premiership means more than any individual accolade.
"I've been playing for four years so it's good to finally have a win with the girls," she said.
Thomson was relentless during her side's 26-17 grand final victory over Griffith, scoring a try and terrorising the Blacks in defence.
It was a combination that caught the eyes of spectators and judges alike, making her a clear recipient for the grand final’s best on ground.
"We knew it was going to be a physical game but we expected that after playing against them two weeks ago," Thomson said.
"You could tell out there in the middle that both teams wanted it really badly.
"Obviously there was that yellow card and a few calls went either way, but I'm just happy with the win."
Meanwhile, Griffith skipper Takilele Katoa was awarded the Alicia Quirk Medal for best player in the Southern Inland women’s sevens competition.
Katoa excelled for the Blacks throughout the 2018 season, steering her side to a minor premiership and grand final berth with her cool head and silky skills.
The award was nevertheless bittersweet for Katoa, who received the award just minutes after Griffith fell to a 26-17 loss against CSU Reddies in the grand final on Saturday.
Katoa is just the third ever medal recipient, following on from CSU’s Claudia Obst and Tumut’s Tara Arnall.
Katoa’s award also extends the streak of Alicia Quirk Medallists not featuring in a premiership-winning team.