Before the start of the season, Ballarat East chairman Peter Dean said there was no doubt his side would suffer relegation at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.
Given the mass exodus of key players, Dean said a highlight would be for the team to "sneak" a couple of wins throughout the year.
Well, after just eight rounds, the Two Blues already have two triumphs in the bank. And despite sitting last on the table, the side is only six points behind ninth-placed Webbcona.
Ballarat East defeated City Oval by a single shot on Saturday to draw level on two wins with Webbcona and Smeaton.
Two Blues skipper Michael Kay said the feeling was good within the club and was eyeing off a few more games in the second half of the season that he felt the side could win.
“We think if we get five wins for the year that should keep us out of bottom position,” Kay told The Courier.
“The boys are pumped for a good second half.”
Kay and his team has one of the most difficult challenges in the competition to tackle this weekend – an away trip to Ballarat.
Ballarat is top of the ladder and in good form after beating Learmonth under lights last Friday evening.
The side, which has just one defeat to its name, has a handy 22-point buffer on the rest of the league, headed by Creswick.
The Wickers were beaten by Central Wendouree in round eight and have an assignment against lowly Webbcona on Saturday afternoon.
Central Wendouree has a tough trip to Ballarat Memorial Sports to contend with this weekend. The Bears are sixth on the table and will be keen to close down the gap on the fourth-placed BMS, which is 16 points ahead.
Elsewhere, two narrow losers from round eight meet at City Oval.
The Hawks went down by a solitary shot against Ballarat East last Saturday and they will clash with a Mt Xavier team that lost by seven to BMS.
The other game this weekend should see Learmonth prove too strong for a Smeaton side, which has the home green advantage.