Strathfieldsaye has won by greater margins, kicked more goals, moved the ball crisper and had more individual highlights in other matches this season, but none were more impressive than Saturday's defeat of Gisborne.
The Storm virtually locked away the BFNL minor premiership by defeating the Bulldogs 13.7 (85) to 8.9 (57).
While the scoreline doesn't look remarkable, the manner in which the Storm wore the Dogs down was.
Second-placed Gisborne, who haven't beaten the Storm in six years, wanted to land a psychological blow six weeks out from the finals.
With a slight breeze behind them, the Dogs couldn't have made a better start.
They ambushed the Storm early with fierce attack on the ball and a level of pressure that few teams have managed to exert on the flag favourites.
Eight minutes into the game the Dogs had three goals on the board and Strathfieldsaye hadn't entered its own forward 50.
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The Storm didn't go inside 50 until the 11-minute mark and 20 minutes into the first term they still hadn't kicked a goal.
However, crucially they didn't panic.
A lesser team would have gone into quarter-time six goals down to Gisborne.
The Storm maintained their composure, backed in their structures around the ball and in defensive 50 and did their best to deny Gisborne possession.
Having a man inside 50 by the name of Lachlan Sharp helps as well.
After the Storm went 22 minutes without a goal, Sharp's first two touches of the ball were goals at the 23rd minute mark and 25th minute mark.
Instead of going into quarter-time behind by four or five goals, the Storm trailed by just five points.
The Storm threatened to maintain that momentum in the second term, but to Gisborne's credit the scores remained tight.
Time-on goals to coach Clinton Young and Casey Summerfield gave the visitors the lead before Sharp was awarded a free kick on the half-time siren and he kicked his third goal to give the Storm a four-point advantage at half-time.
After defending so well against the breeze in the second quarter, the Dogs needed to hit the scoreboard in the third quarter.
It didn't happen.
Storm rover Josh Formosa was on the end of some good play from Lachlan Sharp and Daniel Clohesy and kicked his first goal.
Five minutes later Sharp slotted his fourth goal and the margin was out to 16 points at the 13-minute mark of the third quarter.
Gisborne could only manage four points for the quarter as the Storm's defence continuually thwarted the vistors attacking moves.
At three quarter-time Young urged his players to take the game on in the final term.
They tried, but that also played into the Storm's hands.
The Storm forced turnovers and the beneficiary inside 50 was Formosa.
He kicked the opening two goals of the quarter to kill the game as a contest and then added a third for the quarter in time-on.
By the final siren the margin was 28 points. After Gisborne's early onslaught the Storm had kicked 13 goals to five.
"We're the hunted being on top of the ladder, so teams come out firing against us and we wanted to make sure we didn't lose composure and weather the storm,'' Storm coach Troy Coates said.
"Throughout the day there was plenty of momentum swings, so we wanted to make sure we kept the momentum with us for longer than the opposition.
"Things aren't going to go your way all day against quality opposition...it's about how you respond and I thought we did that well midway through the first term."
While disappointed with the result, Young said it was another learning experience for the Bulldogs.
"We can walk away with some positives today, but we still didn't get the job done,'' Young said.
"We're still improving, but we can't be happy with just improving...we need to make sure we get there.
"We started the game really well and halfway through the first quarter we were right ontop, but we managed to let it slip.
"Strath played really well in the last part of the quarter and we only went in with a three-goal to two lead.
"I thought we played really well against the breeze in the second quarter, but the third quarter was where we let ourselves down.
"If you want to beat the best you have to play well for four quarters and we didn't do that today."
One of the key differences was the Storm had no passengers.
The club can only name six better players yet any combination of a dozen players were worthy of a mention.
Key defender Bryce Curnow held Gisborne key forward Jack Scanlon goalless, Jake Moorhead was back to his best around the stoppages and Jack Shannahan gave everyone a reminder of his class with a polished performance off half-back in his first game since round one.
In the absence of number one ruckman Josh Grabham, Gisborne has swung key forward Jaidyn Owen into the ruck and he produced one of his best games for the club on Saturday.
Midfielder Ethan Minns knocked up getting the ball and James Ferry did some nice things off half-back.
Pat McKenna was the only Gisborne forward that looked dangerous and he kicked three goals in an entertaining battle with Jack Neylon.
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