Coolamon ensured their 125-year anniversary celebrations kicked off on the right note with a hard-fought 19-point win over Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes on Saturday.
The Hoppers hit the front early in the second term and from there were never headed on their way to a 10.8 (68) to 7.7 (49) victory at Kindra Park.
The game never reached any great heights on a true winter's day but the Hoppers did enough to get the four points, which all but cements them a top-three finish.
Like last time the two teams met, MCUE turned up ready to play and took a five-point lead into quarter time.
But the Goannas only managed two goals in the next two quarters as the Hoppers turned the deficit into a 15-point lead at three-quarter-time.
George Kendall gave MCUE a sniff when he kicked the first goal of the last quarter to get them back within 10 points but Coolamon responded with three goals in five minutes to put the game to bed.
Coolamon coach Jamie Maddox said it was an important victory on a couple of fronts.
"You always know on a reunion night it puts a sour note if you don't get the points but in terms of our season too it sets us up a lot so it was twofold how important it was for us," Maddox said.
"The reunion tonight, for the older boys, but also for our season going forward. It puts us in a good spot. We've still got to win a few more games coming home so we're not counting our chickens but it helps us for where we want to go."
On a day of few standouts, Max Hillier and Jake Barrett were solid in the conditions over the four quarters.
Coolamon teenager BJ Glyde sparked the Hoppers early with a couple of classy goals, while Jamie Maddox and Zach Bradley also made strong contributions.
Maddox thought the Hoppers got the better as the day went on.
"It was a four-quarter battle, that's for sure. The conditions didn't suit footy as much but we battled it out and that last quarter it broke open for us a little bit and we started playing pretty good footy and ended up with the points," he said.
"We were a bit quiet early. I'm not sure whether it was the build up to the day, whether it was too much but once we got settled and once we started our style of footy, I suppose you'd say, then it went forward for us.
"They are a good side and they'll beat a lot of sides this year. They put it to us in the third quarter and for us to respond as a group was very pleasing."
Andrew Dickins, Trent Cohalan and Alex McCormack had good games for the Goannas.