IT'S billed as the world cup of schoolboy rugby league, and if that's not a hyperbolic stretch Patrician Brothers Blacktown can call themselves world champions.
Regardless, they can answer to the more modest "best team in Australia" without difficulty.
Twice before they'd reached the final of the pinnacle of schoolboy rugby league, and twice before they'd been beaten — in 2003 and 2007.
Not this time, and not at Toyota Park against Endeavour Sports High before 1400 supporters who made the trip to the shire.
Patrician Brothers went into the big one as hot favourites for the Australian Schoolboys Cup.
After all, they had five Australian schoolboy representatives, and almost every squad member had been snapped up by an NRL club.
They had players bred in the purple, like Robert Jennings and Bryce Cartwright — the brother of Penrith international Michael Jennings and nephew of Panthers legend John Cartwright, respectively.
Jennings scored two tries and Cartwright was man of the match as Patrician Brothers justified their favouritism by thumping Endeavour 32-6.
After the hosts scored a converted try in the first two minutes, it was all Patrician Brothers.
Said coach Peter Ross, who had been trying for seasons to assemble a winning squad: "The 1400 supporters were fantastic.
"When we went behind early, our supporters really lifted the boys.
"After 15 minutes we began to win the battle up front and our forwards really dominated. We were then able to take advantage of the gaps in their defensive line out wide.
"Exceptional support play enabled us to score some spectacular tries.
"It was an inspirational performance by our leader Chad McGill, who led the way and laid the platform.
"After the disappointment of '04 and '07, this win is really special. A Catholic school has not won the national Schoolboy competition since 2003."
Half the players are in year 11 and will be eligible again next year.