NAVARRE - The tiny township of Navarre is still flying high after taking out both the senior football and A grade netball premierships at the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football and Netball League grand finals last Sunday.
After going so close over the past two seasons, Grasshoppers finally reached the top of the mountain with the footballers defeating Lexton by 100 points, one of the biggest margins in league grand final history, while Navarre netballers also prevailed against Lexton 54-41.
It was a proud Navarre president, Shane Bibby watching from the sidelines in the final term of the football grand final.
With the result beyond no doubt, Bibby spoke to The Stawell Times-News about what winning the premiership meant for the club.
"It means a lot. This was nearly three years of work, not just one," Mr Bibby said.
"It is the best reward possible for all of the work that we have put in.
"Our effort has been outstanding. As a president, I couldn't be more proud of these 22 guys. It's going to be a big, big week at Navarre."
Mr Bibby nominated Ben Scott as a stand out in last Sunday's win, along with defender Josh Driscoll, onballer Daniel Reading and Bryce Tickner, who continued his good form along the wing.
The president also praised Brian Lovison, who managed to quell the influence of classy Tigers midfielder Damon Aspland.
Captain Louis Hannett echoed Mr Bibby's sentiments about the three years it has taken for Navarre to break through.
The Grasshoppers had previously lost to Natte Bealiba in 2011 by 18 points before returning to Princes Park in the last match of 2012, only to lose out by 22 points to Carisbrook.
Navarre seemed destined to fall short again this season and went into the preliminary final against the Redbacks as underdogs.
The Grasshoppers were missing crucial players in coach Daniel Parkin and captain Louis Hannett in that match, but stormed home to score a gutsy four point victory.
That was the match that Navarre needed to win to gain a clear path to the premiership, the Grasshoppers first in the MCDFL and first since 1999, which they won over Carngham-Linton in the now defunct Lexton Plains Football League.
Both Parkin and Hannett played on Sunday, with the coach wearing a helmet and the captain testing his hamstring all game.
It was an emotional Louis Hannett immediately following the club's groundbreaking win.
"It's magnificent really," he said.
"It hasn't sunk in yet. Three years work, even longer and it's paid off."
This season was Hannett's seventh in the senior side and the 22 year old has been playing at Navarre since he was just seven in the juniors.