Millions of people tuned in to watch Johnathan Thurston (left) win the NRL Grand Final and Josh Gibson (right) in the AFL decider

Channel Nine scores rating win with NRL Grand Final over Channel Seven

Millions of people tuned in to watch Johnathan Thurston (left) win the NRL Grand Final and Josh Gibson (right) in the AFL decider

Jonathon Thurston was all smiles as he stood on stage in front of 15,000 fans at his home ground

The 2015 NRL premiers have been met with ecstatic fans on return home

Jonathon Thurston was all smiles as he stood on stage in front of fans at his home ground

Thurston seals his team's win with a kiss on the premiership trophy

Wayne Bennett wants NRL Grand Final replays after golden point loss

Super coach Wayne Bennett's (pictured) comments come after his Broncos went down harrowingly to the North Queensland Cowboys in extra time in Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.

Thurston was named the Clive Churchil Medallist - given to the game's best player - for his amazing performance in the grand final

Jonathan Thurston’s BODYGUARD cut his eye after NRL grand final

Johnathan Thurston's on-field bodyguard Gavin Cooper accidentally opened the gash on his head just seconds after North Queensland won the NRL Grand Final.

Thurston kicks a field goal in golden point extra-time to win the 2015 NRL Grand Final for the North Queensland Cowboys

Wayne Bennett wants NRL Grand Final replays after golden point loss

Thurston kicks a field goal in golden point extra-time to win the 2015 NRL Grand Final for the North Queensland Cowboys

The Cowboys celebrate on the podium with the premiership trophy after winning the 2015 NRL Grand Final

Wayne Bennett wants NRL Grand Final replays after golden point loss

The North Queensland Cowboys win their first NRL title after Johnathan Thurston kicks a golden-point field goal to beat the Brisbane Broncos at the Sydney Olympic stadium in one of the all-time great grand finals.

Matthew Scott and Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys hold the Premiership trophy aloft as they celebrate victory

Wayne Bennett wants NRL Grand Final replays after golden point loss

Super coach Wayne Bennett's (pictured) comments come after his Broncos went down harrowingly to the North Queensland Cowboys in extra time in Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.

The Cowboys have received an ecstatic greeting by thousands of fans on their return to Townsville airport on Monday

The 2015 NRL premiers have been met with ecstatic fans on return home

The NRL premiers have received an ecstatic greeting by thousands of fans on their return to Townsville airport on Monday.

Led by the star of Sunday night's grand final Jonathan Thurston they carried the premiership trophy through the terminal to the delight of their adoring supporters

The 2015 NRL premiers have been met with ecstatic fans on return home

Led by the star of Sunday night's grand final Jonathan Thurston they carried the premiership trophy through the terminal to the delight of their adoring supporters

You don't have to love or even appreciate sport to appreciate this moment.

The beautiful photo of Johnathan Thurston and his daughter that everyone's sharing today.

Jonathan Thurston may have just won the Grand Final for the Cowboys but it was this photo that said everything.

'This is the heartland for rugby league and this is a win that will inspire the city,' Ms Hill said

The 2015 NRL premiers have been met with ecstatic fans on return home

'This is the heartland for rugby league and this is a win that will inspire the city,' Ms Hill said

Co-captain Johnathan Thurston and his teammates could not contain their joy as they sang their team song in the locker rooms following the game

Wayne Bennett wants NRL Grand Final replays after golden point loss

Super coach Wayne Bennett's (pictured) comments come after his Broncos went down harrowingly to the North Queensland Cowboys in extra time in Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.

Thurston of the Cowboys celebrates victory with his wife Samantha Lynch and daughter Frankie

Pictures of Johnathan Thurston's daughter clutching doll praised

NRL champion Johnathan Thurston celebrated North Queensland's grand final win with his two-year-old daughter, Frankie, in a touching moment after the season-decider.

Justin O'Neill of the Cowboys celebrates scoring a try with team mates

Wayne Bennett wants NRL Grand Final replays after golden point loss

Justin O'Neill of the Cowboys celebrates scoring a try with team mates

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