For the first time in 18 years we can finally write the following words: The Marlins are in the Shute Shield grand final.
How good is that? All roads, waterways, bus lanes and footpaths lead to Concord Oval for next Saturday's decider against Eastwood
The last time we made it, 'Rusty' Mackie was only slightly corroded.
Saturday's 44-22 preliminary final demolition of Sydney Uni before a frothing Manly Oval crowd buried years of heartache, frustration and utter devastation.
But it was far from easy.
The Students jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and local police were urged to keep a close eye out for anyone wearing Marlins gear approaching Nth Head lookout.
But slowly things began to steady.
Cadeyrn Neville crossed in front of Marlin Hill before a Matt Lucas penalty reduced the deficit to just six points.
With Uni down a man in the bin, the Manly revival gathered further momentum when speedster Alex Northam benefitted from some great work from Lucas off the back of a lineout to score.
Manly were now up 15-14, just as Harry Bergelin was given a 10-minute breather via the referee's yellow card.
The two teams exchanged penalty goals for a halftime scoreline of 18-17 the Marlins.
The last of the kids had only just left the field when Uni swept in for a try just a minute after the re-start.
It was now the visitors in front 22-18, with the can bar doing a roaring trade to settle the nervous Marlins faithful.
But we need not have worried, not with Annie Hill and Brian Cox looking out for us over the Village Green.
With Cliffy Palu entering the fray for just his second club match in six years, Manly rattled on the next 24 points without reply.
It was stunning stuff.
Reece Hodge got us going with a great long distance solo try before man-of-the-match Lucas set Northam up for his second with a clever grubber kick.
BJ Hartmann got in on the fun with Manly's fifth try before the piece de resistance.
Big Cliffy charged down a kick on halfway, collected the ball and sprinted 50m to the line with half of the northern beaches cheering him home.
Game. Set. Match.
"I was looking for support and I turned around and saw Dave Dennis chasing and thought 'I've got this guy covered' and pinned my ears back and went for the corner," an emotional Palu said later.
"This is awesome. To see the passion these guys show…I was pretty nervous because I didn't want to let anyone down but I loved it."
With Ed Gower returning from O/S, coaches Damien “Turtle” Cummins and Dan Brown have a full deck to play with.
"It was awesome. I thought the boys were immense," Turtle said.
"We didn't feel any pressure because we didn’t believe there was any hoodoo around this game for this team.
"It's great for everyone involved with the club."
Turtle overlooked Manly's six tries when it came to pinpointing where the game was won.
"It was in the 54th minute. We had two Uni scrums on our line, then we had a scrum on our line that was our ball and we exited it from there. They then had a lineout and we got a penalty and from the lineout Hodgey scores a try."
"That was the moment we won that game.
"That tenacity on our line and to believe in each other was what teams are made of."
Lucas was simply outstanding and the rest of his teammates weren't too far behind.
Now for the big one.
And for those into omens, Turtle was front and centre as a player the last time Manly won a grand final in 1997, ironically against Eastwood.
Is history repeating? Let's hope so.
C'mon the Marlins!