Jets' dreams dashed
The Tigers battled to a grinding 12-6 win to claim the Bycroft Cup for the second year in a row.
Bilambil created plenty of chances to win the match but couldn't convert them into points.
In from of a large and boisterous crowd, both sides left nothing in the "fuel tank". with each giving as good as they got and emotions often getting the better of players.
For Bilambil coach Troy McCarthy, it was an aspect that might have distracted his players from their game plan.
"We never stopped trying all match, although the first half we got a bit emotional, soemthing I didn't want to happen," McCarthy said.
"They were very physical from the outset and I think the sense of occasion may have crept into our side a bit.
"In the second half we played a muchg more structured game, creating chances byt just not being able to go on with it."
For Southport coach Steve Dowd, it was a fitting end to what was another successful season.
"I told the boys before the game that there was one more page to write and this game was it," Dowd said.
"We gave Bilambil plenty of opportunities to win it but our defence stood firm.
"We ground out to a win, which is what we wanted to do from the start. Players like Chris Hodges, Dean Vinson and captain John Flint really stood up."
The game had all the intensity expected from a grand final, with Bilambil opening the scoring after a dogged first 30 minutes, in which both sides lost players to the sin bin - Bilambil half Andrew Cross and Southport centre Steve Farrelly - after one of several altercations on field.