As if a clinching fourth A-League title wasn't sweet enough, Melbourne Victory's smash-and-grab grand final win over the Newcastle Jets has also delivered a massive blow to the aspirations of their cross-town rivals.
Saturday night's 1-0 triumph at McDonald Jones Stadium not only secured Victory a spot in the group stages of next year's AFC Champions League, it kicked Melbourne City out of the reckoning as well.
City were in line for a Champions League play-off berth had the Jets won the grand final, with Sydney FC having taken the other direct qualification slot by finishing first on the ladder.
Instead, Kosta Barbarouses's ninth-minute goal means the City Football Group's Melbourne arm will need to wait at least another season to make their debut on the Asian stage.
Nursing a sore head after a long night of celebrating, Victory coach Kevin Muscat was reluctant to gloat about the outcome.
"They're all by-products," he told AAP.
"They've had a very good season and would consider themselves unlucky, because this hasn't happened before, where someone's come out from fourth place and won it.
"It's not at the forefront of my mind."
It will certainly be on the minds of Victory supporters, though, and ensures their grasp on A-League dominance in Melbourne won't be slipping anytime soon.
Newcastle, meanwhile, will have to get through two preliminary matches to reach the Champions League group stage, which is also a major ambition for their owner, Chinese billionaire Martin Lee.