KY Willott opened his account for 2021 with a double as Norths maintained their unbeaten start to the Hunter Coast Premier Hockey League campaign by overcoming rivals Souths in Newcastle on Sunday.
Willott, reigning player of the year both at home and in Sydney, found the back of the net either side of half-time to help the Blues beat the Lions 2-0 in the local derby.
The first was a field goal and the second came from a short corner.
"I thought we played well and controlled the game," Norths coach Dave Willott said.
This follows a 2-1 win for Norths against four-time defending premiers Gosford on the Central Coast last weekend.
Souths began the year with a 6-0 triumph away to Maitland.
The last time Norths and Souths had met, prior to this round-two encounter, was a controversial semi-final replay six months ago.
Elsewhere on Sunday and visitors Wests lost 3-0 to Gosford while the Rams and Uni had a 3-all draw at Maitland.