The last time Raymond Terrace entered the elimination rounds, they were battered out of contention with a 14-0 mauling by Hamilton.
This time around, their new-look fast paced dodgeball has secured them a move into the next round, and a rematch against the defending champions.
The Terrace’s tempo was a key concern for Cooks Hill heading into the quarter final match-up, and it proved to be the catalyst for one of Raymond Terrace’s most historic victories.
The Cookers found themselves flagging early in the second half, after a 4-3 scoreline to the eventual winners at half-time spoke of a close tail end to the contest.
It was anything but close in the second stanza however, as the Terrace surged to a 6-set lead, keeping Cooks Hill to just a single set and confirming their finals victory.
In the other quarter-final on Thursday evening, Belmont moved into the last four clubs with a 9-3 win over Rutherford.
After struggling in seasons past to make the elimination finals, the southern club will be eager to confirm a deep run into the playoffs, and their routine win over their northern opponents is a strong first step.
The six-set win was also notable as the club have been absent key catcher Gorgia Watkins (knee) and forward Liam Janczuk (one-week layoff), both of whom have been crucial to early-season success.
With both Watkins and Janczuk set to return next week against Waratah in the semifinals, Belmont find themselves in a strong position to potentially make their first ever grand final.
The final four match-up will also be the key to separating the two high-flying clubs.
Their first meeting in round four saw Waratah pip Belmont in a 6-5 thriller, before the two teams shared the spoils 6-all four weeks later.
Their final clash saw Belmont switch the record with an 8-2 upset, a result the third-seed squad will be eager to repeat in the final set before the final.
In the other semifinal, Hamilton will look to continue their lopsided record against the Terrace – in nineteen meetings between the two clubs Hamilton have yet to taste defeat.
Despise the results all falling to Hamilton in season ten, improvement was clear for Raymond Terrace, as their first clash this year finished 13-0, while their second two came down to the wire in two cagey 6-5 affairs.
After downing Cooks Hill in their first finals upset, the Terrace may have momentum on their side against the four-time champions, a factor Hamilton will have to combat if they are to return to their fifth consecutive grand final.