Cronulla hooker Michael Ennis says he couldn't help but dream about going out with the perfect finish – a maiden premiership in his last ever NRL game.
If there's anything that underpins the spirit behind Cronulla's grand final win, it's the efforts of Jack Bird to play on after badly hyper-extending his elbow.
Clive Churchill Medallist Luke Lewis had no hesitation in labelling 2016 as the best year of his life following the Sharks' Grand Final victory over the Storm.
Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen insists the club's tortured past has never been a burden on he or the history-making playing group.
It was the set play from a scrum 15 minutes into the Grand Final that would give Cronulla a handy half-time buffer on their path to a maiden premiership.
Sharks prop Andrew Fifita saved his best for last, scoring the match-winning try in a performance that has put him in calculations for a Test recall.
NRL.com rates the performances of all 17 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks players in the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final.
The ghost of Harold Holt laid to rest, Michael Ennis goes out swinging, James Maloney stamps himself as an elite playmaker and Storm's defence stands tall.
The Cronulla Sharks have claimed their maiden NRL title, ending a 49-year drought with a tight grand final win over the Storm at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.
The Storm and Sharks have both confirmed their final 17 ahead of the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.