It may have been 38 years since Western Suburbs won their last Maitland first grade cricket minor premiership, but Plovers skipper Tom Irwin is hoping it's only another two weeks before they claim their third premiership in the past 10 years.
Wests and Kurri Weston, who claimed fourth spot, were the big winners from a round in which not single ball was not bowled.
In a year which seemingly had it all in terms of weather imposing itself on proceedings, perhaps it was inevitable that the final round of the 2019-20 season would be a wash-out.
Smoke, rain, heat and lightning have all left their mark on this season, but in the end it was Wests' exciting brand of cricket which left the biggest impression with two outright wins after Christmas ensuring the Plovers finished three points ahead of City United, which won the premiership double last season.
Kurri Weston secured the final spot in the semi-finals ahead of Eastern Suburbs who had a mini army of volunteers armed with garden blowers, rollers and every tool they could think of to dry King Edward Park sufficiently to start play against Thornton.
In the end it was too big a task, much to the delight of the Kurri Weston players who called into East Maitland after proceedings at Robins Oval, where they had been due to play City, had already been called off.
"It would have been nice to get on but we're still very happy," Plovers skipper Tom Irwin said.
"It's been a long time since we won the minor premiership, for players like Slim (Andrew Trappel) who has been playing for 20 odd years I know it meant a lot to him and a few of us who have been playing for a while.
"We've won two premierships in the past 10 years but not a minor premiership. It's one of those things you want to achieve."
Irwin put the improved consistency this season down to greater depth and quality in their squad.
"I think we've got a really strong squad of 14 or 15 blokes," he said.
"We've got a little bit more depth than we have had in the past and having Az (Aaron Mahony) and Elliott ( Lewis) and Shaun (Hill) in the team means we bat really deep and plenty of bowling options.
"There's plenty of quality throughout the team.
"We've been pretty happy because in the past we've lost those 50/50 games and hadn't had the ability to win ugly.
"This year we've been able to do that a couple of times and that make a difference."
While City missed out on winning back-to-back minor premierships the club did secure the Club Championship. Port Stephens won the second grade minor premiership, Kurri Weston won third and fourth grade and Easts won fifth grade.