Lambton may not be holding a "ticker tape parade down Hunter Street", but Jaffas co-coach Shane Pryce said being awarded the 2021 premiership was deserving "recognition" for his squad.
Lambton (38 points) finished one ahead of nearest rivals Maitland (37) on the men's National Premier League ladder with 16 rounds completed, two games shy of a full home-and-away draw.
In the Women's Premier League, at a similar stage of their campaign when matches stopped last month, Broadmeadow (43) edged out reigning champions Olympic (42).
NNSW won't crown major premiers with no finals series played.
Pryce said he was pleased for his players but wasn't getting carried away with the title, Lambton's first NPL minor premiership after being promoted seven years ago and sitting alongside a grand final win from 2017.
"I look at it this way, every team had a chance to be in the position we were in and we were first at the time it was called," Pryce, who coached with Bobby Naumov after James Pascoe stepped down in May, said.
"We all know there were more points up for grabs and finals still to be played, but at the time we were number one. The recognition has to go the players as they were the most consistent team in the league.
"Are we going to have a ticker tape parade down Hunter Street? No. We understand the ands, the ifs, the buts. We get that it's not a 100 percenter, but you've got to say what it is. It all came to a head and the players deserve that bit of recognition.
"Now, can we back it up next year?"
Lambton won 12 times, drew twice and had two losses throughout the season. They also had the best goal difference (+26), scoring 41 and conceding 15.
NPL: Lambton 38, Maitland 37, Edgeworth 34, Broadmeadow 31, Charlestown 21, Weston 21, Olympic 19, Lake Macquarie 11, Adamstown 9, Valentine 7.
WPL: Broadmeadow 43, Olympic 42, Adamstown 28, Warners Bay 28, Maitland 24, Charlestown 18, Mid Coast 4, New Lambton 3.
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