The Blobfish looked certain to claim a much-coveted title at the Building Durability Bathurst Rugby 10s on Saturday afternoon but with a last-ditch, intercept try Eastern Suburbs' Jack Turley broke the Orange side's hearts and secured victory for his side.
Trailing 7-5 with no time left and a four-man overlap on the left edge the Blobfish spun it wide in search of a title-winning try but a switched-on Turley plucked a Louis Carr ball out of the air, running away to score his second of the decider and seal a 12-5 win.
It completed Easts' undefeated run to the title, the Beasties' third crown in the last four years.
For a bunch of blokes just wanting to have some fun, we're happy with coming second.Blobfish ace Harry Cummins
"It was a bit heart-breaking, it was tough to watch but at the same time it was a great game and we knew we were up against it playing a side like Eastern Suburbs," Blobfish back Harry Cummins said.
"It was just a fortuitous bit of play really. With the overlap we had [Turley] pretty much had to look for an intercept and he got it, it could easily have gone to hand for us and then we're celebrating.
"It happens in this form of the game sometimes and you have to take it on the chin. For a bunch of blokes just wanting to have some fun, we're happy with coming second."
Cummins was strong in the final as his side made the better start, cutting down an Easts rival to save a try early and then giving his side a 5-nil lead with a try of his own, set up by Emus clubmate Connor McGoverne.
Former Australian Schoolboy Donny Freeman was superb for the Blobfish too as they held that narrow, five-point lead until after half-time. He was trying to spark the downfall of his club side in Easts, who he won colts player-of-the-year for this season.
The Beasties turned it over straight after the restart though and Turley scored his first from the steal, it was converted to with Turley scoring his first, which was converted to give Easts a 7-5 lead, before he capped off the win with his second in the dying stages.
"He's a Kiwi import we scouted from Scotland actually. He comes from the North Island there in New Zealand then went to Scotland but we just poached him," Easts skipper James Behringer said of Turley.
"We hadn't been down all day [until the final], so it sent shudders through the boys, but we had a bit of a yarn there at half-time and we though we'd pull our fingers out. With the wind at our backs we came through with the result.
"We had a couple of costly errors last year there in the final, but this year that wasn't what happened."
The Beasties side had a distinctly Central West feel about it too, with Orange's Charlie Cooper and Dan Donato among their best all day, while former CSU Bathurst halfback Tom Keft was impressive as well.
"We've taken boys from all four grades and some of these boys haven't actually played for Easts before, but we all rallied together under the one jersey and came away with the result, so we're very happy," Behringer said.
"There was big standout for us, Elliott Frawley, he was taking the big hit ups and made the big meters all day - he was one we couldn't have done without.
"Another one was Charlie Cooper, he's a local boy and he really dug his teeth in and put up a really good fight."
Bathurst Bulldogs won the women's top prize, while the Newcastle Sea Men won the men's Plate and Red Dog Rugby Club claimed the women's equivalent.
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