LAST HURRAH: Noosa coach calls time after A-grade triumph
Noosa veteran Mick Phelan has labelled this year's premiership success as one of the more special feats in his time as coach after deciding to call it a day.
In greasy and windy conditions, the Dolphins managed to snap Caloundra's two-year stranglehold of A-grade with a 20-17 triumph on Saturday.
It was the first time they'd won the season silverware since 2017.
It was Phelan's sixth A-grade premiership with the club, following 12 years in various stints as coach.
Straight after the game an elated Phelan declared he was stepping down from his coaching role.
"It's a good one to go out on," he said.
"It's been a test and thanks to these young fellas they made it so much easier than I thought it was going to be.
"I've really enjoyed it and I think it's a good one to close on."
Phelan particularly savoured this year's premiership after his outfit endured two pre-seasons and almost 11 months of training due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It's right up there (with the best wins) particularly with what's happened at the start of the year," he said.
"Especially with the young group we've got too.
"There's guys who we probably thought were a year or so away from playing regular A-grade actually stood up this year and now they're A-graders and it's just really good for the club to have those boys coming through."
"My first four (premierships) as coach were with guys I actually played with and that was pretty special and I didn't think I'd top that.
"But, then I came to this one here where there are guys that could be your kids and it was just as special.
"Just with the whole year for what it was made this one special so this is right up there."
Noosa captain Brandon Mayhew praised the outgoing coach.
"It's been a couple years since we'd won it and I think that's part of the reason he was hanging around was that he really wanted to get another one before he left," Mayhew said.
"He's just unreal. He's a great coach on and off the field and is just a great bloke."
The A-grade clash was a tight battle, with the first try of the game only coming in the second stanza.
It was a back and forth affair from there, with Caloundra scoring soon after to have scores 13-10 before Noosa scored again to put scores 20-10.
But, Caloundra weren't giving up and fired back straight away to trail by three points 20-17 heading into the dying stages of the game.
The Lighthouses had the chance to level scores and send the battle into extra time in the final minute but sprayed a penalty kick to seal Noosa's victory.
"That game was right down to the wire the whole time," Mayhew said.
"There probably wasn't a point where we felt we were ever going to win that game.
"We were in front but we knew they were just going to come at us the whole 80 minutes."