ILLAWARRA PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALL
Like any football competition, clubs in the District League strive to be top of the pile.
But a championship finish presents a potentially more difficult conundrum for teams than the season itself.
In 2013, Bellambi and Helensburgh Thistle must grapple with the idea of taking the Illawarra Premier League promotion carrot.
The Rosellas' victory in the promotion play-off put them in the box seat to make the move, but the club still have a number of factors to consider, the most significant of which is a restructure of their playing roster.
"Obviously the issue is that we run a two-team structure in Premier League and a three-team in District League," Football South Coast's head of men's football Claude Cuda said.
"So they will have the option of dropping out of that other league into the amateur first division or they decide not to because they feel they are better off with the three into the one structure."
Woonona president Steve Woodiwiss knows the difficult decision all too well, after the Sharks chose to take promotion in 2013.
He admitted that dropping the grade he considers to be part of the "lifeblood of the club" was far from easy.
"It was a heart-wrenching decision," Woodiwiss said.
"We still got a lot of support from those guys, they did turn up for our functions and we would have had about 85 per cent of them watching our youth grade final on Sunday.
"They are still part of the club but they can't be a part of the team playing going forward I guess until the district decides to change the format."
On top of downsizing a squad's roster, promoted teams must tick a number of boxes for Football South Coast to approve their entry into the top flight.
While a club must be financially stable to support the move, they must also have appropriate facilities.
"Bellambi ... I can't see too much dramas with their facilities," Cuda said.
"They have made some good improvement over there in recent times.
"I can't see too many dramas, they have done the right thing both on and off the field.
"It is up to them to see if they are up to the challenge, they have proven that they are the best side out there at the moment."
With the club's focus primarily on District League finals, the decision to take promotion could still be a while away. If Bellambi are to reject an offer of promotion, Helensburgh will get an opportunity to make a case to play in the top flight.
Both squads have until the end of October to submit their applications for the top grade.