St John's had two under 12s teams vying for the top honours at Apex Oval on Saturday and the two sets of clubmates didn't hold back in a gripping grand final.
Neither side backed down but at the end of the day it was the St John's Gold side which downed St John's Blue 16-10 to claim the title.
The match went right into the final minutes and delighted the bumper crowd which was on hand.
Winning Gold coach Luke Jenkins said the youngsters weren't intimidated by the idea of playing against their friends and club-mates and instead were motivated by it.
"That's more motivation if anything, playing against their mates," he said.
"These boys always want to play with their mates, but it's a credit to this bunch of 12-year-old kids we've got at the moment, they're all so competitive.
"They're such good kids, it's really enjoyable to see them come such a long way and get to play each other, it's good."
Despite Gold having the final say, it was the Blues side that opened up the scoring when Rees Turner crossed out wide.
The lead was doubled when Joe Edwards bolted down the opposite flank, rushing along the left wing and scoring and then Declan McGregor's boot made it 10-0.
The boys in gold were able to score in the last minutes of the first half, getting it back to a six-point deficit at the break.
The second half effort secured Gold the title. The defence of both sides dominated proceedings but Gold kept their nerve late on a try got things back to all square.
Both sides went close in the dying stages but it was St John's Gold's Luke O'Neill who pounced on an opportunity and made the difference, darting across the try-line with a minute to go and making it 14-10.
The conversion iced the 16-10 win and O'Neill's efforts saw him named man of the match.
Gold halfback Noah Sutcliffe paid respects to the Blues after their victory, calling them a 'tough side to beat'.
"All year, they beat us, then we'd beat them, but they were definitely the team to beat all year," Sutcliffe said.
"Good work to our boys, coming out and playing, never giving up on each other, working hard at training each week, that's how we got there."