The end of the home-and-away season has secured Melton South its first finals berth in at least 15 years, confirming a transitional year for the Ballarat Football Netball League's A Grade competition.
The Panthers are not alone in their glory.
Sebastopol celebrated its best finish to a season in 10 years after waltzing to fifth.
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Under the eye of first-year coach Karrina Knowles, Redan will feature in finals for the first time since 2017 after holding on to sixth.
Accolades even come the way of the league's benchmark side - North Ballarat.
The Roosters became the first side to go unbeaten in a home-and-away since 2017, winning their first minor premiership in six years in the process.
North Ballarat will enter this season's finals series searching for its third-straight premiership and a fourth flag in seven seasons.
Finals mainstay Lake Wendouree has booked another post-season jaunt, and will be joined by last season's runner-up East Point.
Sadly, as always is the case, the rise has some clubs has come at the downfall of others.
Sunbury was unable to recover from its off-season exodus, which saw seven senior players leave after premiership coach Adam Boldiston was replaced at the start of 2020. First-year coach Josh Burns took the reigns and impressed, but couldn't stop the Lions limping to a winless season.
It is the first time Sunbury has failed to win the minor premiership since 2016, and will see the club the miss finals for the first time in eight years.
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