Barnawartha-Chiltern has gone from the brink of folding to flag contenders and club coach Ben Stewart couldn't be happier.
The Miners appointed the former Wodonga Raiders, New City and Kiewa player this season and the response has been sublime.
After three washouts and a loss to Eskdale to start, the Miners have dropped just one game since and sit third, one win behind leaders Mount Beauty.
"I wanted to see what they had club-wise with juniors and players we could build around, so we didn't go out and try to recruit anyone," Stewart said.
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"They had no structure either. Seven blokes going to training for senior cricket is no good, so we've really concentrated on those one-percenters and fielding drills around one-day cricket."
The Miners host Eskdale on Saturday and will be looking to avenge their loss against the Mountain Men from round four.
Barnawartha-Chiltern was bowled out for just 74 and had three run-outs in one over.
Elsewhere, Mount Beauty heads to Yackandandah for a top of the table clash, Kiewa takes on Bethanga and Baranduda faces Dederang.