Take a bow, Albion Park and Tarrawanna players.
For those questioning the validity of this year's Illawarra Premier League, talk to any supporters who attended Sunday afternoon's elimination final at JJ Kelly Park.
In searing hot conditions, both teams gave their all for two hours in an entertaining, end-to-end affair. The score remained locked at 1-all at full time, and many players were on the ground stretching out a cramp of two after the final whistle.
But they got back up, and continued to scrap for an edge in 30 minutes of extra time. And these weren't just young bucks either - spare a thought for 38-year-old Blueys veteran Matt Naylor, who played all 120 minutes (and was probably a little sore come Monday morning).
The score remained stuck at 1-all after extra time. Unfortunately, there had to be a losing side, with the White Eagles prevailing 8-7 in a thrilling penalty shootout.
Shoot-Out understands that the IPL looks a little different in 2020. Yes, it's easy to get caught up in the doom and gloom. The Premier League season was delayed and then cut in half due to COVID-19, and financial restraints have hit all clubs hard.
But we defy you to say that the Illawarra Premier League matters less this season.
In fact, this game felt like a throwback to a past time. JJ Kelly Park was rockin', with a (COVID safe) bunch of fans screaming their support for players or giving some "friendly advice" to officials.
Sunday's game was the perfect way to kick off this year's finals series. And while its curtains for Tarrawanna in 2020, the White Eagles will now prepare to meet Bulli in a sudden-death semi-final this weekend.
And while there will be plenty of attention on that game, the other final this Sunday shapes up to be just as fascinating.
A fortnight after winning the premiers trophy, Woonona will face their biggest test of the season, taking on Wollongong United for a ticket to the IPL grand final.
So buckle up for another must-watch weekend of Illawarra Premier League action. There's still plenty of thrills and spills to come.