BALWYN shot out to an early lead and held off a second-half charge from Vermont to claim the EFL division 1 premiership on Saturday.
On a perfect day at Bayswater Oval, the Tigers overcame some sloppy kicking for goal to prevail 12.19 (91) to 10.5 (65).
Former Noble Park favourite Dan Donati led the Tigers to the flag in his first season as coach with the club.
Donati was elated with the win and proud of the month of finals football his team had put together.
"I'm over the moon," Donati said. "I was pretty confident coming in, I didn't say it often but I was confident the boys were going to come out today. I knew they were ready and I'm just really pleased for them."
Balwyn dedicated the win to late teammate Shaun Bergin, who died following an on-field accident in last year's finals series. "The family was here today, we all wore black armbands, I'm just ecstatic we were able to get the win for him and show him some real respect," Donati said.
In a frenetic opening term, Vermont's gun forward Jarrod Dalton was crunched in a marking contest just five minutes into the game and had to be stretchered off the ground. He was unable to return for the day.
Balwyn took a 33-point lead into the last quarter. Despite an early goal to Vermont, it was all Balwyn in the second term as they continued to apply scoreboard pressure to stretch to a commanding seven-goal lead at half time.
Rob Crowe was playing a blinder at half-back and Jeff Gobbels was marking anything that came near him up forward, even if his kicking sometimes let him down.
The third term was Vermont's best for the match as they put on four goals, but Balwyn still managed to hang onto a strong 33-point advantage going into the decisive final quarter.
Two Eagles goals early in the last quarter gave the purple army some hope of a comeback win, but when another Vermont player had to be stretchered off after 10 minutes it became a bridge too far.
Gobbels and Luke Barker both goaled within a minute of the restart to put the result beyond doubt, sealing an emphatic and emotional win for the Tigers.
Jeff Gobbels won the Blue Ribbon Medal for best on ground, with his strong marking up forward and three goals a joy to watch for the big crowd.
EFL division 1 grand final: Balwyn 4.6, 8.9, 10.14, 12.19 (91) Vermont 1.0, 2.3, 6.5, 10.5 (65)
GOALS, Balwyn: L. Barker 4, J. Gobbels 3, M. Hardiman 1, R. McMahon 1, R. Gilchrist 1, J. Chirgwin 1, A. Murray 1. Vermont: R. Ross 2, D. Mendes 1, N. Henley 1, R. Mullett 1, R. Wilson 1, A. Gileno 1, D. Millhouse 1, T. Carmody 1, H. Black 1
BEST, Balwyn: J. Gobbels, R. Crowe, S. Kenna, S. Tregear, B. Harris, R. Gilchrist Vermont: L. Johns, R. Mullett, H. Black, D. Mendes, S. Davidson, N. Mendes