The Camden Cats have clawed their way to the AFL Sydney Premier Division for the 2018 season.
The promotion comes after success both on and off the field in recent years, including a Division Two premiership last year.
Club president Joshua Leys said they were excited to have the opportunity to play in the Premier Division.
“We are immensely proud to have achieved this promotion, which we believe recognises our efforts over the last five years,” he said.
“Make no mistake, we are not going to the Premier Division to simply make up the numbers.
“This is huge news for the greater Macarthur Region and south-west Sydney as we will now bring the highest level of community AFL in the state to our doorstep.”
The Cats’ vice-president of corporate and community, Stuart Farnell, said the teams would be facing even tougher opposition.
“The calibre of the teams we’re playing and the quality of the game will definitely go up,” he said.
“We are ecstatic to be promoted to the Premier Division. It’s something we’ve been working hard towards for years now.”
Farnell said the Cats’ elevation was not just a great thing for the club, but for Aussie Rules in the traditionally rugby league dominated Macarthur region.
Junior AFL participation in Camden has risen 125 per cent since 2015.