THE two seasons were back-to-back but the outcome couldn't have been further apart.
Producing a remarkable turnaround, the Cambridge Park under-9s rugby league team completed a sensational and whirlwind transformation when they won the division five grand final 20-4 against St Clair earlier this year.
After winning just one game last year, the young side of footy fanatics terrorised their opposition in 2012, losing just one game and braving their way to the well-deserved title of premiers.
Coach Phil Hudson said there were a number of crucial factors in his side's journey from struggle street to a season worthy of a lap of honour.
"There were a couple of new faces, we worked more on individual skills and the kids being mates at school and mates at footy were more confident together," he said.
"There was also a little bit more belief in themselves.
"With me personally, I always go in with all the confidence in the world and believing the kids could do it but they just had to realise the potential themselves."
Despite the team's rough trek through last year's season, Hudson said his expectations from the start of the year were to remain competitive.
The team's only loss was a narrow two-point defeat in the final 30 seconds of a game early in their campaign — and it was on a day when Hudson was unable to attend their match.
They were the only junior side from their club to reach the grand final.