Hamilton have claimed sole possession of first place in the Newcastle Dodgeball League after a near-perfect first half performance against arch-rivals Waratah as the competition celebrated its Women in Dodge round.
With pink ribbons, streamers, outfits, a handful of arm- and headbands and a few players kitted out in dresses and kilts, the league put on a pink show to celebrate the women of the competition, and then finally all eyes were on the Hamilton-Waratah derby.
One of the most interesting match-ups in recent weeks, especially considering Waratah had emerged 6-5 victors over the defending champions in the opening round, no one could have predicted such a one-sided opening eight rounds, as the Stags marched to a 7-1 lead that the Cobras weren't able to recover from.
Guided from the front by a resurgent Benjamin McIntyre, who transferred to Hamilton two weeks after their one-set defeat at the hands of Waratah, the premier-hopefuls moved three points clear at the top and set themselves in good stead for a tilt at the first-place bye seeding for the playoffs in less than two months.
Elsewhere during the Women in Dodge Round, Belmont nearly fell to a strengthening Bar Beach, led by current MVP favourite Emma Hawes, eventually pulling ahead for an 8-5 win to move into third above now-fourth placed Waratah.
Hawes and the Boomers have not tasted victory in Season 11 of the NDL thus far, but their three-set defeat to last season's grand finalists continues to provide hope as the second round-robin of the campaign begins.
Also on Thursday evening, Kotara knocked off Raymond Terrace 12-7 in the equal highest set haul of the league's history, claiming their third win with guidance from Isaac Davis and Zac Oke. The fast-paced victory moves the Kings level with the Terrace, and puts them in striking range of the top four challengers.
Finally, Cooks Hill fell to a rampant Shortland - 13-4 - as the Scotchies continue to vie for a top two seed in their debut season in the league. Captain James Billingham was key for the Shortland squad in their high-ranking nine-set triumph that moves them into second place.
STANDINGS: Hamilton (22), Shortland, Belmont, Waratah (20), Raymond Terrace, Kotara (14), Cooks Hill (10), Bar Beach (8).
FINALS: Hamilton and Belmont set up grand final rematch (9/11)
RD14: Waratah down Belmont in heated one-set thriller (2/11)
RD13: Shortland oust Hamilton from first with one to go (26/10)
RD12: Belmont upset Hamilton to blow first place race open (19/10)
RD11: Shortland take second after thriller against Belmont (12/10/18)
RD10: Waratah tumble into fourth place after slow start (5/10/18)
RD9: Top four teams hold off finals-hopefuls (28/09/18)
RD8: Hamilton claim first as league celebrates Ladies Day (21/09/18)
RD7: Shortland and Kotara clash goes down to the wire (14/09/18)
RD6: Waratah keep close on Hamilton's heels (07/09/18)
RD5: Hamilton prevail in grand final rematch (30/08/18)
RD4: Belmont tumble into ladder mix with defeat (24/08/18)
RD3: Waratah cuts Shortland's undefeated streak short (17/08/18)
RD2: Shortland break Terrace to continue strong start (10/08/18)
RD1: Waratah open account against long-standing rivals (03/08/18)
PRESEASON: Season 11's draw & key fixtures revealed (19/07/18)
PRESEASON: Registrations now open for NDL Season 11. (13/07/18)
GF: Hamilton extend dynasty with fifth championship (06/07/18)
SF: Belmont punch ticket to season decider with comeback (29/06/18)
QF: Raymond Terrace scores maiden finals victory (22/06/18)
RD15: Waratah confirm second place, first week bye (15/06/18)
RD14: Waratah steady the ship with key three-set win (08/06/18)
RD13: Belmont ensures the Waratah slide continues (01/06/18)
RD12: Cooks Hill and Belmont remain level with draw (25/05/18)
RD11: Waratah lose sight of first place after defeat (18/05/18)
RD10: Raymond Terrace shock Cookers in sudden death (11/05/18)
RD9: Cookers drop 'Tahs to second with 6-5 slug-fest (04/05/18)
RD8: Hamilton take revenge in Battle of Oakdale (27/04/18)
RD7: Bailey best on field as 'Tahs in cruise-control (20/04/18)
RD6: Waratah break three-year hoodoo over old rivals (13/04/18)
RD5: Hamilton reclaim first place with 13-0 masterclass (06/04/18)
RD4: League's closest round sees 'Tahs take top spot (23/03/18)
RD3: Cooks Hill record first point with 5-5 draw (16/03/18)
RD2: Sudden-death deciders see Hamilton pip Belmont (09/03/18)
RD1: Waratah-Hamilton classic ends in 6-all draw (02/03/18)