It’s been a roller-coaster ride for the Blackheath Blackcats over the last few years.
In 2015 they were premiers and two years ago runners-up; but last year, they didn’t even field a team in the New Era Cup.
Now, they are the premiers, having defeated Bathurst CSU Yellow 50-20 in Blackheath on Saturday.
For father and son pair, Matt and Brett Ranse, it was a dream come true and the second time they have hoisted the trophy aloft together.
We're happy, just so happy.Veteran Brett Ranse
Both scored tries in the match (two to Matt, one to Brett) and couldn’t stop grinning after the game.
“We’re happy, just so happy,” said Brett, a veteran at 45 years old and playing his last season. “And winning it with your son...” he said, his voice trailing off.
Matt was equally delighted.
“Going from no team to premiers, it’s good for us and it’s good for the community,” he said.
The Blackcats were undefeated all season and were rightly favourites for the match.
Although the students raced to an early lead, quality play from the Cats proved too much.
In the end, the Blackcats scored nine tries to four to take the title.