Melbourne dominated to finish on top of the NRL ladder but seemed to suffer from stage fright when they reached the grand final.
Canberra provided loads of entertainment as the NRL's best attacking team, but Ricky Stuart's team couldn't turn it into finals success.
The reigning premiers looked a chance to break the back-to-back curse for a fair part of the year but ultimately fell short.
Brisbane failed to bounce back from their heartbreaking defeat in last year's grand final, suffering through a horrid mid-season run.
The Western Bulldogs ended a 62-year premiership drought with a sparkling run in spite of numerous injuries.
The Swans bounced back from a disappointing end to 2015 but the season ended in heartbreak as they lost their second grand final in three years.
Injuries didn't stop Penrith this year as the young side charged into the finals under new coach Anthony Griffin.
The Cats promised much at times in 2016, but after a preliminary final thrashing questions over their depth remain.
Des Hasler took Canterbury to the finals for a fifth consecutive season but 2016 was no party, and 2017 looms as a crucial year.
The Giants took a massive step forward in 2016, only just falling short of their first grand final.
The only way was up for Gold Coast this season after the disaster that was 2015, but few foresaw a year as good as this for the Titans.
A straight-sets finals exit was a disappointing end to the Hawks' tilt at a historic fourth consecutive premiership.