The Noosa Lions were officially presented with their fourth straight premiership silverware on Saturday. Picture: Michael Cookman – 365 Photography
The Noosa Lions were officially presented with their fourth straight premiership silverware on Saturday. Picture: Michael Cookman – 365 Photography

What powered Lions to a fourth premiership

Noosa captain Sam Nickolls believes pride and morale have proven key facets behind the Lions' charge towards a fourth straight premiership.

The Lions were presented with the 2020 season silverware on Saturday following their 2-1 triumph over Buderim at home.

With a dominant lead atop the premier men's ladder, Noosa were long in the hot seat to snare the feat but officially cemented the regular season crown three games early after toppling Gympie last week.

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While not always tasting grand final success, under the tutelage of Kevin Aherne-Evans Noosa has finished with top of the table premiership honours every year since 2017.

This year presented a new challenge with COVID-19 impacting sport, but the Lions managed to remain as powerful as ever.

They're still undefeated with two games left.

"It was a bit of an odd year with the way the season ended up being restructured," captain Nickolls said.

"I know by the time it finally came back round to starting the boys were really keen to put their best foot forward and we showed that each and every week on field.

"To have such a strange season and put on such a dominant performance throughout the year is extremely positive for the boys."

Aherne-Evans wasn't there on the night to join in celebrations, having fully shifted his commitments to Brisbane Roar as new assistant coach.

"He admitted to us the night after we beat Gympie and officially sealed the deal that it was his last game he was able to attend for the year," Nickolls said.

Former captain Grant De Chastel had taken on the mentoring role for the final few games.

Noosa's Matt Thompson. Photo: Patrick Woods
Noosa's Matt Thompson. Photo: Patrick Woods

Captain Nickolls, along with Matthew Thompson, Timothy Hollingworth and Blake Huston are the only players to have been part of all four premierships.

He said it was a "huge" feat for the club to achieve another title with a special mindset to credit for the success.

"I think the boys take a real pride (in what they do) each and every weekend," he said.

"It doesn't matter what squad gets put out on park there's a lot of belief in the players around you.

"They're not necessarily some of the most gifted or technical players but just guys that'll give 100 per cent effort and heart every weekend.

"Squad morale is huge (too).

"There's just a really good squad vibe between the two senior teams and it really helps with camaraderie and knowing you do want to play your heart out every weekend for the guys around you."

While they've officially cemented top season honours Nickolls said the Lions weren't done just yet.

They have two games left, against Maroochydore on Tuesday night and Woombye on Saturday.

"If we can manage to get the points out of the next two games and go undefeated it'll be a pretty special thing for our squad to do," he said.

"There's still lot of pressure on ourselves for the next two games to perform how we know we can and really finish the season off on a high."