Once upon a time there was a rugby club that finally got its act together and returned as a premiership force.
This particular fairy tale is about the Camden Rams and the final chapter has a potentially happy ending after they booked a grand final berth on Saturday at Kiama Showground.
A post-season participant for the first time in 15 years, Camden backed up the previous week's qualifying final win over Shamrocks with a last-gasp 20-18 triumph over titleholders Avondale in the major semi-final.
The Rams trailed the Wombats for 75 minutes before converting a period of sustained pressure into a match-winning try.
Maybe it really is Camden's destiny to capture their first premiership since 1995 and just the third in club history.
"We won't get carried away with this," coach Brendan Schoupp said.
"I've said all along it's a year-long process and we've got the most important two weeks of our season to go.
"The big thing that came out of that game was that we were under the pump a fair bit and we showed a lot of character and responded really well to get the victory.
"We need to work hard on some areas, but we'll give ourselves a good chance."
Avondale came out with all guns blazing, scoring a try down the right side for an early 7-0 lead.
The Rams replied with a try in the corner before Darryl Sanft's penalty conversion put the minor premiers ahead 10-5.
Camden tied the game at 10 some 10 minutes of the second stanza, but Leon Mason's try and another Sanft penalty goal gave the Wombats an 18-10 lead.
The Rams, however, wouldn't be denied, finishing much the stronger and stealing victory with two unconverted tries.
"Avondale came out of the blocks really hard and there was a few areas we let ourselves down on today, but big games of football are won right down to the last minute and that's something we've done well all year," Schoupp said.
"I tell them to play for the whole 80 and you get rewarded, and they did today.
"It goes right back to preseason. Camden's always been a good rugby club, and we just tried to change a few things as far as hard-nosed stuff.
"Did we think we'd do it in the first year? I didn't really know. But they've certainly become a good, hard-nosed football team and I'm proud of them to keep that effort in for the whole 80 minutes."
Avondale coach James Patrick was his usual calm self after the loss and expects the Wombats to bounce back in the final.
"We'll get another shot at them," Patrick said.
"They deserve it. They've been a very good team all year. They were very physical at the breakdown and we just didn't match that physical aspect of it.
Avondale beat Camden 29-10 in second grade, Tech Waratahs defeated Avondale 37-15 in third grade, while Shamrocks accounted for Vikings 34-10 in Colts.
Meanwhile, University advanced to the final three with a 26-12 win over the Woonona Shamrocks in yesterday’s minor semi-final at Vikings Field.
The Mallee Bulls led 8-5 at half-time before the Rocks forged ahead 12-8 with a converted try five minutes into the second half. Uni hit back with a converted try of their own and secured victory with another try and two penalty goals.
After finishing fourth on the ladder, the Bulls have survived sudden death finals against Vikings and Shamrocks.
Uni meet reigning premiers Avondale in this Saturday’s final at Ocean Park. Avondale are coming off a 20-18 loss to Camden in the major semi-final.