At 5 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, the Saints went back to heaven.
After 25 years in the wilderness, and a near-death experience in 2007, 21 souls kicked, passed, pressured and powered North Wagga back to glorious premiership success.
Only a man who steered them out of hell could tell you exactly how it felt to see it all unfold.
"Oh great. Fantastic," Peter Keating said.
Keating was president when the club had to fight its way back from that infamous season in recess.
To watch a team built around local juniors, including his nephews Cayden and Jed Winter, go all the way was something special.
"It's been 25 years of hard work and there's a lot of people to thank along the way, heaps of people," Keating said. "Where we started out, our aim was always to bring our juniors and I think today showed that, our juniors stood tall."
In the end it took all four years of coach Kirk Hamblin's reign.
"It makes me feel proud as punch," Hamblin said.
"(But) it's not about me. The thing was trying to bring the club the success they've worked so hard for. It's not just my four years, it was building for 10 years before me."
It was built around players like Troy Curtis, Corey Watt, Brayden Skeers, Matt Thomas, Sam Longmore, Ben Alexander and Jake May.
All seven have played more than 100 senior games at the club. Elsewhere that may pale into insignificance amid 200- and 300-gamers.
But it was a feat unheard of for a decade at Saints, until Curtis brought up the mark in 2017 and six others have followed suit, including Thomas.
"Dowds (former coach Nathan Dowdle) brought me over and told me this group's really young and in three or four years it's going to come to fruition," Thomas said.
"And now, it's just bloody awesome."
Thomas was a rock in defence and, fittingly, provided the kick that led to the fifth and final goal for Curtis, his former partner down back.
"Kirky's message all day was get it on the boot if you're under pressure," Thomas said.
"I put it in there long and knew Razor (Curtis) had good position on Curro (Nic Curran) so it was great for him to finish off.
"Kicking five, that shows you what Raze can do, mate.
"We had to fill a hole (forward) halfway through the year and Troy can do that. He'll do anything for the team."
The success was vindication too for Hamblin, who brought in multiple premiership winners, Lachie Steward, James Morris and Luke Walsh, to put guidance and experience around North Wagga's developing crew.
"Probably the proudest thing for me on the day is the fact we can send James Morris and Lachlan Steward out on a high, they finish their careers with a premiership," Hamblin said.
"They deserve to go out this way and some people do get the fairytale finish," a tearful Hamblin said, as it began to sink in that so has he, as coach at least.
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