NOW the hard work begins for Newcastle City.
The Blues made it five-from-five to open their Black Diamond Cup defence after a resounding 104-point win over strugglers Maitland at No.1 Sportsground on Saturday.
In truth, it's where City coach Tim Cotter expected to be after the opening month.
"We don't get ahead of ourselves, but we thought we might be in this position," Cotter said.
"We had a softer draw.
"We have the rep game next weekend, then we have four really strong games - Cardiff, Warners Bay, Terrigal Avoca and Killarney Vale.
"We are ready for that month of good football. We have done what we needed to do. We have got the results. Now we are ready to build for that good month of footy."
On Saturday, Brady Sweetnam returned to form with six goals and the 19.21 (135) to 5.1 (31) victory could have been bigger if the home side had "kicked straight".
"Brady has been a bit down on form," Cotter said.
"He is knee high to grasshopper, but he is super fast and a really good tackler. His work rate has probably been down a little bit in the forward line. Today he chased hard and he tackled. What normally happens if you work hard, goals sort of fall in your lap. It was nice to see him get a good return."
Apart from Sweetnam, Hugh Blanchfield was outstanding in midfield and Aidan Watling was strong in his return from the Swans Academy.
"Hugh is a ball winner and his entries into 50 are really good," Cotter said.
"He is a really skilled player."
City held Maitland to a behind in the first quarter and just two scoring shots in the second half.
"We really wanted to lock them down in the second half," Cotter said.
City will supply seven players for the representative clash against South Coast at Pasterfield Sports Complex on Saturday.
"We had a couple of bigs unavailable so we brought Cameron Keast in on Friday," said Cotter, who is co-coach of the representative team.
"He is a big target. It means we [City] will have seven players having a crack, which is good."
Elsewhere on Saturday, young guns Jack Lennon and Izaac Hughes continued their goal-kicking spree with four each as Cardiff disposed of Gosford 17.11 (113) to 11.10 (76) at Adcock Park.
The Tigers started brightly to jump out to a 29-13 lead at quarter-time. The Hawks then clicked into gear, holding the Tigers to two behinds and kicking seven goals themselves to open a 57-31 advantage at the long break.
At Dick Burwell Oval, Terrigal Avoca held Nelson Bay to zero in the opening quarter and were rarely tested in a 20.26 (146) to 4.3 (27) demolition.
Roach brothers, Luke and Jake, kicked three majors each to lead Warners Bay to a 15.9 (99) to 10.8 (68) win at Rose Point Park.
Killarney Vale won the derby with Wyong Lakes 12.11 (83) to 6.7 (43).
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