Not since 2015 has a side achieved a golden record in the old NTFA division two competition.
St Pats made it through the home-and-away season unscathed, winning every game but falling at the last hurdle to Old Scotch.
And it's a drive and motivation to be like the 2015 premiers that has powered Lilydale this year says coach Colin Lockhart.
"Last year we were one of the favourites and we just fell over," he said.
"When Lilydale approached Thane [Bardenhagen] and I we said 'these are the type of people we want to get' and we'd love to win three out of the next five premierships and we'd love to be the next Old Scotch."
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With last year's capitulation caused by multiple injuries in a short time frame, the Demons leader saw depth as a priority and another thing that has set this season apart.
"We've put some winning games into 15 and 16-year-olds who have then gone and dominated in the twos as 16-year-olds because they've been coached on the ground by Thane, Sonny [Whiting], Trent Griggs, Louis [Venn], Corey [Lockett], Logan [Reynolds] and Wil [Lockhart] in the middle, we've just got a bunch of 20 to 23-year-olds who are coaching while they are playing.
"It's that drive within the players that makes my job easy."
The Demons' next test will be the winner of Saturday's preliminary final clash between East Coast and St Pats, with a spot in the grand final up for grabs next weekend.
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