MCDFL - After suffering two heartbreaking grand final losses, Navarre finally broke through to claim its maiden Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League premiership at Princes Park, Maryborough, on Sunday.
Not only did the Grasshoppers win, they completely dominated the final match of the 2013 season to run out 100 point winners against Lexton, 19.12 (126) to 4.2 (26).
Captain Louis Hannett and coach Daniel Parkin both returned for Navarre and got through the match unscathed, with Parkin named among Navarre's best players.
Navarre got off to a fast start with Kris Brennan and Ash Driscoll booting the opening goals within the first six minutes of the match.
The Grasshoppers were controlling the play and were looking more at ease on the big stage, having been there the previous two years.
Navarre went into the first break holding a 31 point lead, however coach Daniel Parkin pointed out to his players that there was more work to be done.
"Our skills cost us a little bit, just our basic skills going forward. We need to get our switches going and that will open the game up," he said.
"Otherwise no-one's below par at the moment. Our intensity and accountability are good.
"We've only won one quarter, there's still three to go."
Navarre began the second quarter as they had finished the first, coming out all guns blazing.
Ben Scott booted a goal in the first two minutes to extend the Grasshoppers lead to 37 points before Lexton hit back through Matthew Brown, who booted the Tigers first goal for the match.
Brown was a player Navarre had focused on in the lead up to Sunday's grand final following his six goal haul against Newstead the previous week
However with Jayden Fowkes and Brent Flood patrolling the back line, Brown was well and truly kept quiet and he didn't add any more goals to his tally.
It was a different story down the other end, with Ben Scott and Kris Brennan slotting through majors as Navarre headed into half time with a 44 point buffer.
Parkin urged the Grasshoppers to keep their foot on the pedal in the third term, and not get complacent.
"Let's not get cocky, we've still got a job to do," he said.
"I want to see not one person drop their head. We're close, but it means nothing. There's still two quarters to go."
Navarre stuck to its script in the third term with Sam Robertson, who had moved from defence into the forward line, booting his first goal for the afternoon.
Three minutes later, Ben Scott roved the ball to slot through his fourth goal for the afternoon and with Navarre 58 points ahead, the result was beyond doubt.
With the margin reaching 66 points at three quarter time, Parkin once again re-iterated Navarre had a job to do.
"Enjoy those last 10 minutes, but until then work as hard as we can," he declared.
"We've got to have 15 minutes of 'want' and then enjoy it."
The Grasshoppers weren't going to let Lexton into the match at all, continuing to chase and harrass right throughout the final term.
It was just Navarre's day, the one the Grasshoppers had waited three years for and it was summed up nicely when a 50 metre penalty was given to Ash Driscoll late in the final term.
Driscoll calmly slotted the ball through the goals just after siren sounded to seal the 100 point victory.
When asked how it felt to be a premiership winning coach, Daniel Parkin was still in shock.
"I wouldn't have a clue to be honest," he said.
"To me it's just a game and we just needed to win four quarters."
Aiden Lee and Ben Scott were awarded the MCDFL best on ground medals.