The Northern Zone had a strong showing at the weekend's SA Country Football Championships held at Port Pirie's Memorial Oval, making it through to Sunday's grand final.
It was the first time in more than a decade that the zone has made it through to the big dance, and came about after defeating Eastern and Murray South East on Saturday.
The championship weekend got off to a strong start, defeating Eastern by 27 points with Dylan Hewett (Broughton-Mundoora) and Lukas Kangur (BMW) having a solid effort in front of goals and booting two.
The Northern lads regrouped on Saturday night to triumph over Murray South East by four points Kangur, two goals, and Hewett, one goal, again topped the scoring list.
A hard-fought grand final against the dominant Central side saw Northern put up a fight as they were eager to claim the championship at home.
Central were able to widen the margin in the second half to claim the crown.
Similarly, Northern women also had a strong weekend at the titles in Port Pirie after claiming two wins on Saturday.
The women's team defeated Eastern on Saturday morning before claiming victory over Murray South East later in the morning.
Despite the Northern women's best efforts, Southern Districts claimed the grand final.