Gundagai's Clay Webb led Canberra to a dramatic SG Ball title on Saturday.
The guts and determination of the Raiders last-ditch defence was just enough to take a 18-14 win over Illawarra Steelers.
It was typified by a Connor Williams try-saving tackle in the final seconds at Leichhardt Oval.
Webb is captain of the under 19s outfit which featured fellow Group Nine product Wilson Hamblin and Mitchell Prest.
The Raiders never trailed in the clash but eight points was the biggest margin.
Raiders coach Ashley Barnes paid tribute to Peter Mulholland, who's in hospital following chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant in his ongoing battle against blood cancer.
"The boys really put in a good effort for Pete. We wish he could've been here, but he's someone who's put a lot of time and effort into these young men and he can take a lot of credit for the result," Barnes said.
Canberra lock Trey Mooney was named man of the match for his 80-minute effort - despite carrying a shoulder injury - while fellow middle Caleb Esera scored a try in a dominant display and fullback Jack Sandford crossed for what proved to be the winner.
Brothers product Bryce Magnone and Albury's Travis Barrett-Hancock were on the wrong side of the result.