REWIND one year and rain hindered Ulladulla United's chances of ending their silverware drought, which dates back to the 2004/05 season.
But fast-forward to the current season and last Sunday's downpour across the region saw Ulladulla progress to their second consecutive one-day final - after they finished higher than Bomaderry on the ladder.
"It's not ideal to miss games of cricket due to rain, especially finals," said United captain Aaron Wester.
"We missed the two-day semi-final last season due to weather, which all the boys were disappointed with.
"At the end of the day we want to play but the weather sometimes just can't be helped.
"We'd be extremely disappointed to miss out playing in another one-day final if the rain were to continue - last year we lost the final in a close low scoring game to Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens.
"Everyone is keen to get another crack this season."
In the one-day decider, weather permitting, they will face Berry-Shoalhaven Heads at the Berry Sports Complex, from 10.30am Sunday - seeing the number one ranked side host the second-best side during the regular season.
"We started the season really well but have dropped off with our consistency of late," Wester said.
"If we can get our best team on the field more regularly that will help with that issue.
"We have a well-balanced side when we have our full-strength team on the field, we just need to all play well as a team.
"If we do that, there is no reason why we can't win on Sunday."
In their previous matches this campaign, the Magpies downed United (232 to 62) on November 16, before the December 21 fixture ended in a draw - meaning Ulladulla are yet to taste victory against their northern rivals this season.
If they are to turn around those fortunes, skipper Aaron Wester will be looking to Conrad Greenshields (322 runs and 18 wickets), Brad Field (178 runs), Harley Bell (172 runs), Peter King (12 wickets) and Matt Shea (six wickets) to continue their strong seasons.
"Conrad [Greenshields] is the leading run-scorer in our side and has taken crucial wickets during greats spells this season," Wester said.
"Peter's [King] ability to take early wickets will be crucial, as will his bowling at the death
"We will be looking for Brad [Field] to take the game on early with the bat and put the new ball bowlers under pressure again in the final.
"Finally, Matt [Shea] is a big game player, who knocked over Ex-Servos top four batsmen last year in the final - we'll be looking for that kind of effort this year."
With that being said, Wester knows how important silverware would be to his club.
"Our club needs some success," he said.
"We were unlucky last year but hopefully we can work that little bit harder and get over the line this weekend."
On the flip side, the Magpies, who have already taken home silverware this Shoalhaven District Cricket Association season by winning the Twenty20 title, will be counting on skipper David Crapp (275 runs), Nathan Thomas (228 runs), Daniel Troy (14 wickets) and Jacob Temple (11 wickets) if they are to claim victory on Sunday.
In other grand finals, Bay and Basin will host North Nowra-Cambewarra (second grade) at Sanctuary Point Oval, Sussex Inlet will entertain Berry-Shoalhaven Heads at the Thompson Street Sports Complex (third grade) and Berry take on Nowra at Zealand Oval (fourth grade).