GREAT Western president Rod Matheson sent a stern warning to the club's Mininera and District rivals after the Lions' reserves won the premiership at the weekend.
The Lions defeated Wickliffe-Lake Bolac by 36 points in the decider.
Matheson said it was a major turning point at the club, which has had its fair share of off-field turmoil.
"Great Western isn't the easy-beats anymore," he said.
"Everybody involved in the club is proud as punch all the hard work we've done over the past two years has come to fruition."
Scores were tied at 3.3 apiece at the first change, but it was all Great Western from that point.
Ruckman Craig Cooper won the Kerrin Peters Memorial Medal for best-on-ground, but Matheson said it was certainly a team effort.
"There were no passengers all 21 players did their bit," he said.
Playing-coach Damien Scott led from the front with three goals, while brothers Tim and Nathan Shalders also chimed in with three each. Ball magnet Steven Lodge was also impressive, with Jacob Seeary, Jack Fraser, Jon Parkin, Clinton Slorach all among the standouts.
Ararat Eagles dominated their under-16s grand final against Penshurst, prevailing by 42 points.
The Eagles put a poor first quarter behind them to dominate the match.
Penshurst failed to score a goal after the first break, with the likes of Jordan Thomas, Tom Taurau, Ben Robertson, Mitchell Richards, Jesse Bennett, Zachary Jenkins all standing tall for the Eagles.
Robertson capped off a stellar season by winning the AFL Vic Country Medal for best afield.
Taurau was honoured with the Peter and Helen Brown Medal.
The Eagles also won their C Grade netball grand final against Penshurst.
Sarah Leggett was named best-on-court in her side's 31-21 triumph.