The Burleigh Bears may have received a hiding at the hands of the Illawarra Cutters in the Intrust Super Championship but one player retained some perspective.
As the clock ticked over to the final minute of the Telstra Premiership Grand Final, it was clear the Melbourne Storm weren't going to die wondering.
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.
The Telstra Premiership Grand Final loss to the Sharks hurt everyone at the Storm, but perhaps no player was stung more than lock forward Dale Finucane.
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.
To pass, or not to pass? That is the question Storm centre Will Chambers will likely ponder in the off-season after Melbourne's grand final loss to the Sharks.
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.
Only twice in the history of the NRL has a player made more tackles than Storm captain Cameron Smith did in the 2016 Telstra Premiership Grand Final.
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.