REDLANDS put on a defensive masterclass to down the Inala Panthers in the SEQ senior women's division three rugby league grand final on Saturday.
The Panthers entered the final on the back of three wins over Redlands but couldn't deliver on the big stage as winger Tegan Spicer ran in a double to help her team secure a 16-point win.
The premiership comes during the club's first season back in a women's senior competition.
Redlands Rugby League Club president Todd Flahey said players from the last Redlands senior side to grace the hallowed Pinklands turf some 20 years ago presented the grand final team with their jerseys before the game.
"Half the girls in the team hadn't played footy before (this season) but they were outstanding all year," he said.
"They showed plenty of guts and determination not to let a good season slip through their fingers."
The game was on a knife's edge when Redlands entered half-time with a four-point advantage, but the wise words of coaching guru Willie Colenso ensured his players finished the job in the second half.
"He's been outstanding for the girls, building up their confidence throughout the year," Flahey said.
"They were the only team to get the one up on Inala this season.
"They were true warriors on the weekend."
Redlands were forced to take the long road to the grand final after losing 12-10 to Inala during the first round of finals.
Their 46-point drubbing of North Lakes the following week reaffirmed their premiership credentials but left question marks over whether they could match it with Inala, who entered the game fresh from a week-long break, for the full 60 minutes.
"It was 12-0 with 10 to go but it could have been any kind of result with that much time still remaining because Inala are a good side," Flahey said.
"They could've run in a couple of tries and sent it to golden point but the girls just kept chipping away and gave them nothing in defence."
Redlands' under 18 women's side will travel to CBUS Super Stadium this weekend to play their grand final as a curtain raiser to the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and Parramatta Eels.
Flahey said it was a honour for Redlands to be represented on the big stage.
"From a club perspective, you couldn't ask for much more from our girls and women," he said.
"We're kind of setting the pace out there in women's rugby league and I'm very proud to be a part of it."
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