The fairytale ending couldn't have been scripted any better for Myrtleford when they were crowned thirds premiers on Sunday.
In a miracle turnaround the club has managed to go from not being able to fill an under-18 side to being premiers in just the space of 12-months.
But the way in which the Saints' secured the eight point victory against Wangaratta made the tale even sweeter.
Myrtleford were down by 22-points at three quarter time before the young Saints dug deep for a last quarter fight back.
The Saints kicked five goals to the Magpies' two points in the deciding quarter, with the goal to put the Saints in front coming off the boot of Dominic Bedendo.
The victory delivered Myrtleford their first thirds flag in 29 years and marks the club's fifth football premiership across all three grades in the club's history.
Saints' coach Tristan Purss said he was lost for words after watching the side he has helped develop this season dig as deep as they could for the win.
"I can't believe where we've come from, even where we came from during the game as well," Purss said.
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"We were five or six goals down at one point and the boys just kept coming and coming.
"It's been the story of where we were, we've been the underdogs but we managed to get up, and it's the most amazing feeling.
"I'm so proud of what the boys have achieved and the support from our town is unbelievable.
"I can't believe we've gone from being non-existent to going all the way to win a premiership."
Purse admitted he employed an inspirational speech at three quarter time in an attempt to lift his team's spirits.
"I knew we still had a chance, we just made some adjustments and gave them a real inspirational speech at three quarter time to get the boys up and about, and things just clicked," Purss said.
"We just wanted to have the belief and our message all this year has been about trusting each other and everyone putting in.
"Action beats reaction was our motto this season and the guys went out there, and to their credit, they did that."
Declan Bren was crowned best on ground in the grand final booting four goals for the Saints.
Ryley Bouker snagged two, while Ryley Forrest, Matthew Gunson and Charlie Crisp joined Bedendo with one each.
Wangaratta's Samuel Byrne and Alex Johnstone both booted three for the Magpies, while Josh Nanson, and Hunter Gottschling were among the home side's best.
Saints' young guns William Shem, Joshua Muraca and Max Stevens also stood out for the premiers.
Purse said the future of the club's thirds is looking bright after working their way out of the dire circumstances they were facing last season.
"We had no choice, it was made for us because we didn't have the numbers," Purss said.
"We went from scraping by the years before with bare minimum players to having seven left on our list, and there was nothing we could do.
"At least three quarters of the team are bottom age, so we should see all of them back.
"We should be nice and strong next year and the years after that as well."