After an almighty scare last weekend, this was what Redan supporters wanted to see; the Lions storming past a listless Ballarat by 54 points to mark a historic day in perfect fashion.
The Lions wasted little time putting on a show for a packed crowd there to celebrate the club's 150th anniversary and stalwart Dean Chester's 150th game.
The hosts booted six goals while restricting the Swans to a measly eight points in the first term, laying the foundation for a dominant 19.12 (126) to 10.12 (72) win.
"We want to be a front-half team that puts pressure on, and we did that early," Redan coach Jarrett Giampaolo said.
"I know the Swans like to move the ball pretty quickly and that if we could put enough pressure on, they'd cough it up.
"The boys were fantastic, they kept that opposition up, and it resulted in turnovers and chances to kick goals."
Watch Dean Chester lead the Lions out ahead of his 150th game.
The Swans' woes started before the first centre-bounce, with both Josh Gibson and Andrew Hooper failing last-minute fitness tests.
The pair could only watch as a young outfit noticeably lacking a wise head was simply run out of the game.
Redan's midfield, led by the returning Lachie George, dominated - bursting through and finding forward targets that at times were completely unmarked.
The hosts led the inside 50 count 21 to 9 in the first term, and the Swans were soon in rescue mode.
Life didn't get any easier for Ballarat in the second quarter.
Dean Chester welcomed the space in the forward 50 and was on the end of forward entries more often than not.
The milestone man slotted two set shots from tight angles in the second term, en route to a five-goal haul to mark the special day.
It could have been a different story for Chester had plans not changed.
"We tried a few things with him the pre-season as a defender and trying to get his run-and-carry off the backline," Giampaolo said.
"We sent him forward last week, and he played really well and then again in his milestone game (this weekend).
"For a bloke who's pushing 35 to be able to play 150 games in any competition just shows you've been a good player for a long time, and you've been loyal to a club for a long time.
"What we treasure here at the club is guys like Dean that have hung around and have just played good quality football."
Ballarat threatened to fight back in the third term after an early Lions goal.
The Swans went on a four-goal run and dominated field position but failed to do little else.
Redan absorbed the pressure, then went on the attack itself, kicking four goals in the final seven minutes of the quarter to put the game to bed.
"It's happened in both our games that we have had the ability to be challenged and find our way back," Giampaolo said.
"We got back level with North Ballarat (in round one) but obviously didn't come away with the win, and similar again with Melton South (last weekend), we had the ability to come back.
"I think the good thing with a young group is they've always got the belief they can get back into the game.
"There's not too much that can get young blokes down. They just keep fighting and fighting, and that's what our group showed today."
The final quarter was a tepid affair as Ballarat got creative in the pursuit of maintaining pride, and its opponents simply tried to get through without any further injuries.
VFL-listed backman Bailey Van De Heuvel was swung forward for the Swans, but failed to get consistent service from a cramping midfield group.
A late Izaac Grant got the celebrations started early with the Swans to carry the momentum into the bye next week.
Ballarat, meanwhile, hosts Lake Wendouree under lights.
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