FIVE years ago, South Belgrave made the leap into the Eastern Football League, and in this Sunday's EFL division 4 grand final the Saints hope to take the next step and fly into division 3.
The Saints beat Silvan by 45 points in the preliminary final last Sunday to book their place against The Basin in the season decider.
Saints coach Nick Cox said his side had a chance to rise to the next level. "When the club came into the EFL five years ago it was envisaged that around this time, this season or next, we would be in the position to go up," he said.
"It would be massive for us as a club to go into division 3. Division 4 is a fantastic competition but we want to go as far as possible and to see clubs we have matched it with like Glen Waverley Hawks and Templestowe go up the divisions, we know we wouldn't be easy beats. But we have to got to cross that ditch first."
The Saints expect to start as underdogs against the Bears who beat them comfortably in the major semi-final. The Saints have lost both their matches against the Bears this season but Cox said his side wanted to put their best foot forward on the big occasion.
"We are privileged to have the opportunity to achieve a goal we set nine months ago' Cox said. "But that is all it is at the moment because we will be up against it and The Basin will be hard to beat."
Cox said the Saints had very few injury concerns heading into the grand final. "I think in the end it will come down to whoever plays their best for the longest that will win."
The Basin plays South Belgrave in the EFL division 4 grand final at Walker Park, Nunawading, at 2.30pm on Sunday.