Marrar's completion of back-to-back flags two years ago almost had a hint of the pre-ordained about it.
In their centenary season, the Bombers were adamant they would complete 2018 in style, and provide a fitting farewell to some club greats.
But Brad Langtry's part in their 100th birthday celebrations almost went awry at the eleventh hour.
"In the semi-final (against North Wagga) I'd nicked my calf so I was more worried about that. But then I nicked my hammy at training on the Thursday (before the grand final)," Langtry recalls.
The former league medallist had been travelling back from Melbourne during the year and here he was, with another shot at an elusive flag with his home club, and in danger of missing.
"I was in and out of the side 50 times in my mind. Then I went to the physio (on Friday) and he said he thought I'd be okay," Langtry says.
He then told coach, Shane Lenon, who remained unruffled as he closed in on producing the premiership he'd be planning for two seasons, even if they had already climbed the mountain the year before.
"I was still trying to make up my mind and he kind of said, 'Don't worry too much about it.' That was good enough for me."
Then it went again in the first quarter of the grand final.
"I decided not to tell anyone," Langtry admits, and thanks his lucky stars it didn't drop him, nor derail their destiny.
Because when it came, boy, was it sweet.
"It was just happiness. For the club to get four premierships on the day (three football grades and one netball flag), and everything that went into that as a community - it was a lot of effort to get all those pieces together," he says.
"And personally for me it was relief. I'd lost three with the club before that one.
"We were probably on our last legs a fair few of us. Guys like Hages (Josh Hagar), Clint (Taylor), Brad Turner - I knew that that group, we'd played a lot of footy together, and that would be our last time."
As names that had become synonymous with Marrar got their fairytale finish, others offered a glimpse of the future.
"Then there were guys who were just really good players ... Zach Walgers, he had that burst in the grand final that kind of won it for us," Langtry says.
"And Jack Reynold's class was another thing that was really exciting on the day."
Reynolds was another thankful to be there, having overcome a potentially serious head injury while playing in a Victorian Amateur Football Association game earlier in the season.
"I got injured down in Melbourne. I had a bleed on the brain so I was out for a while and came back in the latter part of the year," Reynolds says.
In 2017, a teenaged Reynolds had won Marrar's best-and-fairest but a broken collarbone kept him out of the grand final. Twelve months on, he was desparate for his moment in the sun, but perhaps a little less sure of himself.
"I was excited because I'd missed out the year before and obviously wanting to win. And I was playing in head gear so I was a bit conscious about how that was going to go," he says.
It went alright. As in, best-on-ground alright.
In a tense tussle with North Wagga, Marrar had edged a goal ahead at half-time after kicking a neat 4.0 into the wind in the second quarter.
But they needed to take control and Reynolds, whose only instruction had been to play his natural game and take the game on, did so.
An intercept in defence when Saints looked close to scoring, and a second involvement in the forward line helped orchestrate a Walgers' goal and a key moment for momentum.
"Every play was massive. It felt like there was a fair bit on the line every time you went for the ball," Reynolds says. "And there was a good buzz around the ground, a fair bit of nervous energy in the whole area. North Wagga hadn't won a flag in a while then so they were really hungry and it was our centenary year.
"I do remember there was a fumble and that kind of helped because I timed it just right to take the intercept. I remember running from back line to forward line and Wal kicked a goal. I was exhausted but just so happy about it."
Walgers and Reynolds had won an under 17s Riverina League premiership with Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes.
Like his mate, he felt the intensity of a senior grand final and rose above it.
"I found the pressure was very, very high and because it was low-scoring, you had to make it count, and mistakes were very costly," is Walgers' recollection.
Make it count he did, kicking three of Marrar's eight goals. The first put his side six points in front just before half-time. The next two, a couple of minutes apart in that critical third term, had Saints needing at least three for victory.
"The first one was a big bomb. I don't know how it went in with the wind, I think the gods were with me on that one. The other two were snaps running towards goal in the third quarter and they were critical to give us some leeway," Walgers says.
"It was very emotional to get those goals in the grand final. It's really what you dream about as a kid."
Walgers had watched the Bombers break their drought in 2017 before joining the club where his late brother, Graeme Reid, is so fondly remembered.
"Reidy was one of the big reasons I went across there, to play at the club that he used to play at," Walgers says.
"So it was a great year to be a part of that and I felt very welcome. And to get my first first grade premiership at a club like that, with all of Reidy's mates and my mates, it was a little bit emotional.
"But I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was more a relief, getting that premiership especially with a lot of blokes I wouldn't play footy with every again, and in the centenary year. All together, it meant a lot."
Walgers thought Reynolds, who also floated forward for an early goal, was outstanding.
"He was great that day. The sort of player you need on a day like that when not everything's going to plan," he says, of windy conditions that forced an arm wrestle.
"It makes it hard for a lot of players so a bloke like that who can be versatile and attack the game in all areas, it's great."
Walgers said winning a flag alongside Brad Turner, whose game he had long admired, was an honour, while he thought Langtry was magic to play alongside that year.
Turner and Marrar's key defender and former coach, Clint Taylor, bowed out with back-to-back premierships, and Langtry finally had the flag he thought had eluded him at his home club.
All three had been recognised at the Bombers earlier in the year as the only current players included in Marrar's Team of the Century .
"That was something pretty special. With a lot of guys that I'd grown up watching and idolised a little bit, guys like Danny Malone and Gavin Graetz, that was a massive honour," Langtry says.
"I was quite surprised, very happy."
And as the premiership celebrations unfolded, it was for those who had shared in a long history that Langtry savoured it most.
"That was probably one of my favourite memories - on the Sunday all the older generation there and you could see the joy and happiness they had," he says.
"It was a special feeling for all those older guys that put in all that effort and been there for the longest period.
"It was a massive joy for them."