IN a fairytale season, Springbank only had to finish the job.
And they did it in style.
The Tigers claimed their first junior premiership on Saturday after demolishing Daylesford by 63 points in the under 18 Central Highlands Football League Grand Final at Eureka Stadium.
It seemed Springbank had a point to prove after being upset by the Bulldogs in this year's qualifying final, as the determined Tigers simply man-handled their opponents.
Springbank's Jesse Galea capped off a terrific performance by being awarded best on ground. The athletic forward racked up possessions at will and kicked three goals in a scintillating display.
Tigers' coach Mick Rix was emotional after the game.
"I knew we were good enough," he said.
"They got a kick in the guts a few weeks ago and they responded today.
"It's just fantastic. I'm really proud of them."
Springbank shot out of the blocks with a six goal first quarter and never looked back. Their ability to constantly repel the Bulldogs' forward thrusts was exemplary, as Daylesford failed to score a goal until midway through the third term.
Tigers' captain Joel Mahar led from the front in an excellent performance, while Daylesford's Xavier Walsh and Kaleb Lipplegoes tried hard in an otherwise disappointing day for the Bulldogs.