PLENTY has gone wrong for Rupanyup this year but there was cause for celebration in its win over Taylors Lake at the weekend.
The team has struggled with injury and consistency issues for most of the year and disappointingly missed out on a finals berth, but showed it can still dominate after a 178-point thrashing of the Lakers.
The Panthers went for the jugular from the opening minutes and booted 10.5 to zero in the first term to set up the win.
Scott Niewand joined Scott Nicholson and David Lang as one of three Panthers to kick more than 30 goals for the year with six.
Coach Glenn Wyatt was among Rupanyup's best as he has been for the season, while Nathan Sachse, Paul Trotter and ruckman Nick Johnston also made valuable contributions.
Campbell Matthews made his senior debut on a wing and kicked a goal, while Neil Turner booted four in his first senior match for 2013 after kicking five in the reserves earlier in the day.
Laker Dean Harberger kicked both of the team's goals.
Wyatt said it was good for the Panthers to end the season on a positive note.
"That's what I wanted to see and what the boys needed to finish off the year on a fair high," he said.
"It was a little bit about just going out there and having fun but we needed to prove something to our supporters as well because our last home game was against Pimpinio, which didn't go so well."
The season has now come to a merciful end for Taylors Lake, which has endured a tough run of losses.
Coach Ian McCulloch said his charges were tired at the end of a long and sapping home and away campaign, and further hampered by the retirement of Aaron Lewis and the late withdrawal of Tim Kelm.
"Rupanyup was just far too good for us," he said. "They had too many runners and too many good players.
"It's been a long year and we're just going to have to try and continue to recruit players to the club."