AFTER losing two-consecutive Super League grand finals Wide Bay captain, and former-Arrows/Athletics player, Bec Kirchner had every right to be excited with her team's 3-2 win over Brisbane Blitz in the decider.
Wide Bay Thunder were too good for defending champions with Hannah Reid, Rebecca Greiner and Ashlea Fey scoring goals in the breakthrough win.
Kirchner was part of the 2012 and 2013 losing teams and she said there was a mix of emotions after the game and her teammates found it hard to share in the glory of the win.
"There was a bit of relief but it was great to win. We knew for so long we could do it," Kirchner said.
"I couldn't get the smile off my face; I was hugging the trophy for half an hour."
Wide Bay led 2-1 at the break and the second half started with some very open hockey, taking the action from end to end before the Thunder's Fey opened her account in the 61st minute off a penalty corner, Wide Bay went ahead 3-1.
Brisbane fought back and was getting on top mid-way through the second half but Wide Bay regained control and held on to the lead.
The maiden win for Wide Bay is now secured and Kirchner is looking to the future with the hope of claiming more Super League titles, and she said younger players like Rebecca Greiner were part of the plans.
Greiner's energy and skill was a big part of how Wide Bay went though the tournament undefeated. From six games Wide Bay won five and drew 1-1 with Brisbane in the opening match.
Now the Super League is over for another year Kirchner is concentrating on winning the Brisbane women's title and she hoped the good luck followed her into the last half of the season.
"I play for Kedron-Wavell and we are at the top of the ladder with Valleys," she said.
"We lost the grand final last year so fingers crossed I can win this year."
The men's competition didn't go as well for the men's team, Wide Bay finished last from the six teams.
South West Lumberjacks were too strong for the Brisbane Fury, winning back-to-back titles of the Super League with a 3-1 victory.