HISTORY will say that 2013 was Strathdale's year in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League.
But the closeness of the men's division one, women's and youth competitions gives hope to the chasing packs.
TRAVIS KING takes a look at how your club fared this season.
CASTLEMAINE - The fixture was thrown into turmoil when Castlemaine pulled-out of the men's top flight before the season kicked-off.
Work continues to bring the 'Maine's men back into the fold, while its women's team struggled this season with only one win.
COLTS UNITED - It was a case of what might have been for Colts' men's division one and women's teams.
Colts’ women won the Knockout Cup as some consolation for coughing-up the league to Strathdale on the last kick of the season.
United is already planning to strengthen its squad next year.
Colts' men had the makings of a league-winning team, but dropped crucial points against bottom half sides early on and finished fourth.
United found its form and defeated the top three teams from rounds nine to 12, but the damage had already been done.
Considering last year's league best-and-fairest Dylan Callaway missed most of the season and its youth finished third, Colts has plenty to look forward to next year.
EAGLEHAWK - The mens' two-time defending league and cup champions were the hunted this season and gave up their titles.
The Hawks still finished runner-up in the league, but the proud club would have been disappointed to be cast aside in the quarter-finals of the cup.
Eaglehawk remains a talent-laden side, with the likes of James Anderson Medal runner-up Keegan Smyth, Marc McGregor and Jono Ryan patrolling midfield.
And the Borough won the division two title, so expect them to bounce back next year.
Eaglehawk's women have been on the slide since winning the title in 2010 - finishing second, third and seventh this year.
It was also a disappointing season for the youth side, which won the wooden spoon.
EPSOM - After finishing second in 2012, many expected the Scorpions' men to be right in the mix for this year's title.
Epsom was within striking distance heading into the final five rounds, but finished fifth before crashing out in the first round of the Knockout Cup.
The only way was up for Epsom's women this season after they finished winless at the bottom of the league in 2012.
The Scorpions jumped to sixth with six wins in a promising campaign and had Jo Hill selected in the All-Star Team.
The Scorpions' youth ended up sixth in their lowest finish since 2009.
GOLDEN CITY - For a team that only won two matches, Golden City had a high level of respect from opposition coaches.
City was second-bottom for the second year running, but its youthful squad is bursting with budding stars such as forward Eh Soo She.
City's two youth teams finished second and fourth and there's hope some of those players can help the men's division one team climb the ladder in the coming seasons.
City's women enjoyed their best season for years with a fifth-placed finish and nine wins.
Kristel Belbin and Ayrlea Bailey-McClanahan were selected in the team of the year.
MOAMA - It was an improved season for the men as they climbed off the bottom of the ladder into seventh with three wins.
A highlight was Augustin Dutertre being named on the bench in the All-Star team.
Moama's women lost their league and Cup crowns, but were still highly-competitive.
The Border Raiders placed fourth in the league and made the semi-finals of the Cup.
Sisters Bridget and Cassie Powell shone yet again for Moama and were picked in the All-Star team.
Midfielder Cassie was named captain and also won the Loris Browning Medal with a huge 30 votes.
SPRING GULLY - Another promising season from third-placed Spring Gully, whose men's first team must wonder when their time will come.
The Reds' consistency has seen them finish in the top four every year since 2007 without winning the league.
There's enough talent with the likes of Sam Scoble, Daniel and Joel Bish coming through to support experienced campaigners Josh Naunton and Matt Ford.
Ford was outstanding this season and finished third in the James Anderson Medal, while Naunton was captain of the All-Star team and Scott Christmas was back-up goalkeeper.
The Reds were beaten in the men's and women's Knockout Cup finals.
Spring Gully's women improved to third in the league and will be eyeing a run a the title next year, while the youth came in sixth.
STRATHDALE - What a season for the Blues.
Strathdale won seven trophies, including the men's division one league and cup double, women's league title and youth double.
To cap the season, men's men's skipper Nicholas Watson took out the James Anderson Medal on Friday night and was one of seven Blues picked in the All-Star team.
Stuart Gough was coach of the team, while Sean Boxshall and Mitchell Anderson shared the Golden Boot.
Strathdale's women won their first-ever title and had six players in the team of the year, while Chris Eaton was named coach.
Jacinta Dikkenberg won the Golden Boot and finished third in the Loris Browning Medal, while Tayla Vlaeminck was runner-up in both awards.
In the youth, Marcus Ryan took out the Mel McGovern Medal and Sam Farr won the Golden Boot.
SWAN HILL - It was a tough season for Swan Hill, with its men's and women's teams only winning one match each.
A 2-1 victory over Epsom and 1-1 draw with Colts showed Swan Hill's men have potential, but not enough consistency.
The women had some potency, and put four goals past Strathdale and Moama in losses, but conceded nearly six goals per game.