Liam Higgins wasn’t born the last time South Newcastle won a competition and now the 26-year-old has been named man of the match in a drought-breaking grand final victory for the Lions.
The former Manly reserve grade hooker received the JJ “Mo” Wilson Medal for best on ground in Sunday’s 21-12 triumph over Macquarie at Hunter Stadium.
He helped control the ruck and was strong in defence, claiming the title alongside younger brother Luke and following in the premiership footsteps of father Craig from Waratah Mayfield’s 1990 win.
“Honestly, there are no words that can describe this feeling,” Higgins said.
“To get man of the match I’m stoked with that as well, but I don’t know if I deserved it. I gave everything I could out there and another 16 blokes did exactly the same,”
Meanwhile, in the lower grades Lakes won all three grand finals – overcoming Western Suburbs 22-20 in a thriller for reserves, beating title holders Kurri Kurri 18-12 in opens and edging out reigning champions Central 12-8 in under 19s.