East Point's victory over Redan was bittersweet for the Dragons, but even bigger for female football which is growing in Ballarat according to head coach Michael Colville.
"It's growing and it deserves to grow, they train as hard as anyone else and they put in as much time as anyone else, so it's great for football," he said.
Sunday marked the first grand final triumph for the Dragons who defeated Redan by 30 points at City Oval to win the 2019 AFL Goldfields women's premiership.
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East Point had the better of its arch-rivals in a twilight encounter played in wet and freezing conditions. Not that it bothered the impressive Dragons, who led from the outset to claim the contest 6.2 (38) to 1.2 (8).
"It's been a long year," Colville said following the match.
"The girls started back in January and they've worked very hard to get to this. We've had a lot of players and most have stayed together, so we're pretty happy about it."
East Point dominated the territory battle in the first quarter to yield early goals to Jaye Dalgleish and Emily Sculley.
Redan hit back in the second term with Portia Hughes snapping a major to bring the Lions within a kick. It was as close as they would get to the Dragons who pulled further ahead after Maddie Giles converted from the pocket minutes out from half-time.
Rain bucketed down in the third but it didn't stop the rampaging Dragons who could feel victory beckoning with the breeze behind them.
Sculley kicked her second before Emma Kent put the game beyond doubt with nine minutes remaining.
Players screamed with emotion as time expired as they laid the sting of last year's grand final loss to rest.
Many performances stood out, but none more so than co-captain Robyn McDonald whose effort in the ruck earned her best-on-ground honours.
"It's absolutely amazing, we came in with the belief and we really thought we could do it, but it was a matter of putting it together on the day and taking each quarter as it came," she said.
"I love going out there and doing my thing. It was my first year in the ruck for me, and to be able to take it out is a big honour."