Disbelief was apparent on North Ballarat City faces when the siren sounded in the Ballarat Football Netball League A-Grade grand final on Saturday.
But reality soon set in for the players who fended off a ferocious East Point attack to win a second-straight premiership 48-46 at Mars Stadium.
"It's just amazing, I cant believe we've gone back-to-back," North Ballarat head coach Annie McCartin said.
"To be able to not only win a grand final but to win two in a row is an amazing thing for the whole club."
WATCH: ANNIE McCARTIN TALKS POST-MATCH
It seemed unlikely for the reigning premier which had to dig its way out of a seven-goal hole early in the contest. The wet conditions didn't phase East Point which set a frantic pace to lead 14-9 at quarter time.
Poor shooting and costly turnovers plagued North in the first term, prompting McCartin to make changes heading into the second. It worked a treat for the Northies who leveled the scores on the stroke of half-time.
"We didn't have our mojo in the first quarter and didn't have our drive through the centre-court," McCartin said.
"We made a couple of changes to see if we could get that drive back, and I could see that we were starting to chip away and we were able to get a bit of rhythm and work through it."
North took the lead in the third quarter on the back of a lethal midcourt combination led by Gina McCartin and Poppy Douglass. McCartin praised the vision of the pair whose sharpness in the centre yielded easy attempts for goalers Madison Selman and Brianna Gregory.
The Roos mounted a comeback in the final term, coming within two goals, before Gregory put the game beyond doubt with a minute to play.
WATCH: NORTH BALLARAT CITY BECOME BACK-TO-BACK PREMIERS.
"Even when we got six goals up I thought we've still got to keep pushing, and when they did try and mount a comeback the girls stood tall," McCartin said.
Selman was named best-on-court, capping off a near-perfect season for the shooter who was named league best and fairest in the lead up to the match.
She told The Courier this year's victory was sweeter than 2018.
"I think making it two years in a row makes it so much better. We've worked hard and sustained our intensity and work effort, and this result shows that," she said.
Selman praised her teammates for keeping their composure early in the contest.
"It's always scary coming into a grand final, especially A-Grade," she said.
"We changed the positions up a bit and gelled together as a team better in the last three quarters which helped our netball game."
The match marked the final outing for East Point veterans Emma Farrell and Marcelle Geljon who announced their retirement prior to the match.
In a tearful address post-game, East Point coach Jo Bayles praised their contributions the club.
Swans, Lakers secure flags
Ballarat and Lake Wendouree were big winners at the 2019 Ballarat Football Netball grand final day.
The clubs emerged with two premierships each on Saturday, with Lake Wendouree claiming both the C-Grade and B-Grade netball grand finals, while Ballarat players were crowned premiers in the 19/under and E-Grade competitions.
The Lakers were easy victors in the B-Grade final, defeating Ballarat by 13 goals. The Lakers overcame the Swans with a big last quarter, holding Ballarat to only two goals to run away with the match.
The club also narrowly edged out East Point in the game before to lift the C-Grade cup with an impressive four-goal win. Lake Wendouree trailed by a goal at three-quarter-time before producing a stellar last quarter to seize the match.
East Point didn't walk away empty handed however with the club securing the D-Grade premiership with a three-goal win over Bacchus Marsh. The Roos fended off a late charge from the Cobras in a match that was largely neck-and-neck from start to finish.
It was a similar affair in the E-Grade final which saw Melton mount a late comeback to threaten Ballarat in the final term.
The Swans rallied to secure a six-goal win.
The 19-under grand final featured plenty of excitement with Ballarat overcoming North Ballarat City in a nailbiting contest.
The Swans maintained a slight lead over North for the first three quarters before winning by two goals.