There was a sense of the inevitable around Horsham's City Oval on Saturday afternoon.
Harrow-Balmoral always seemed destined to win a second consecutive Horsham District football league premiership, and with a remarkable second half, the Southern Roos showed why they are deserving premiers for 2019.
Noradjuha-Quantong put up an admirable fight in the first half, at times seizing the lead and trailing by just 14 points at the main break.
But the cream eventually rose to the top.
The Southern Roos' best players moved into the middle to start the third quarter, with best on ground Eric Guthrie, Nick Pekin and Hamish Ellis winning every centre clearance and turning the game on its head.
Meanwhile Close brothers Simon and Michael continued clunking contested marks and dominating forward of centre, as they had done all afternoon.
Harrow-Balmoral seized control and remarkably kicked the next 13 goals of the game, coasting to a 20.16 (136) to 6.9 (45) victory.
For parts of the opening quarter, it appeared as though Noradjuha-Quantong were going to flip the script.
The Bombers survived an early onslaught of inside-50s and conceded just one goal, with Simon Close booting the first of the game.
Noradjuha-Quantong defended resolutely and eventually found their feet, with Matt Walsh marking on the lead and kicking the side's first, before Jye Walter goalled to give the Bombers an unlikely early lead.
But Harrow-Balmoral's class began to show.
Coach Nick Pekin had two pivotal moments, finding Edward Ferguson and James Staude with two beautifully weighted handballs for easy goals.
The scores were tied at 3.3 (21) apiece at quarter time, and the Southern Roos quickly booted the first three of the second term through James Staude, Michael Close and Ed Ferguson.
Michael Close - who would have been near best on ground - then provided the highlight of the afternoon on the way to his second goal.
Close used a Noradjuha-Quantong player as a step-ladder 40 metres out from goal, flying high for a specky in front of delighted Harrow-Balmoral fans.
The Southern Roos held a 14 point lead at half time before they made the "premiership quarter" their own.
After a week off with the bye, Harrow-Balmoral possessed all the run in the third quarter, while Noradjuha-Quantong players looked out on their feet.
The Southern Roos piled on a relentless stream of goals, with James Staude, Michael Close, Will Plush, Nick Pekin and Edward Ferguson all getting in on the action and booting through majors.
As the game wore on and the sun set at City Oval, there was only one deserving victor.
Harrow-Balmoral finished the season undefeated, and secured back-to-back premierships for the first time in the club's history.
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