The Knights have created history by clinching their first NRLW premiership in a 32-12 triumph over the Eels in the grand final on Sunday afternoon.
Newcastle supporters were made to bite their nails as Parramatta threatened to steal a comeback win in the second half, but the Knights put the result beyond doubt when they ran on the last tackle with five minutes remaining and scored through winger Kiana Takairangi.
Two more tries through Jesse Southwell and Yasmin Clydsdale over the remaining minutes of the match added to the euphoria of Newcastle’s celebrations, whose second season in the NRLW was boosted by a host of gun signings.
The Knights’ win capped a remarkable climb from last year’s wooden-spooners to 2022 premiers.
Fullback Tamika Upton, one of the Knights’ prized recruits, claimed the Karen Murphy Medal for player of the match.
The former Bronco scored a try early in the second half to extend the Knights’ lead to 18-6, showing and going as she split the Eels’ defence on the left edge.
Upton combined the critical try with 181 run metres and two linebreaks.
“Let’s party hard,” she said on the stage after receiving the Karen Murphy Medal.
MORE TO COME.