Hamilton have secured their fifth Newcastle Dodgeball League championship after an 11-6 victory over debut finalists Belmont.
The tenth season silverware also established the league-founding club as the strongest enterprise in the competition, but their win in the decider took second half momentum to confirm.
Belmont came out of the gates strong, taking the game to the season premiers and matching them set-for-set as the second half whistle heralded a 4-all draw.
The second half saw the balance shift towards Hamilton however, as their individual talent came to the fore – key eliminations from Harry Gibson after two heart-stopping dodges swung momentum early in the half, and catches for Doug Byrne and Lachlan Craig slowed Belmont’s pacey tempo.
Despite the runners-up’s best efforts, Hamilton controlled the tail-end of the Season 10 final, stretching a level half-time score out with their seven sets to two run, and the eventual five-set margin confirmed their names on the league silverware.
Belmont had hoped to complete their miracle run as the club recorded their first ever play-offs campaign, having ousted former champions Waratah in the semi-finals and knocked off Rutherford in the opening week of eliminations.
Despite their five-set defeat, Belmont were considered the most consistent club for most of the regular season, and will have all eyes on them as they recruit in the off-season and return for Season 11.
The league’s Team of the Season was also confirmed, with Eva Bailey, Jakub Lunarzewski (Waratah), Benjamin McIntyre, Lewis Foot (Cooks Hill) and Alexander McIntyre (Hamilton) rounding out the honours.
Raymond Terrace’s Peter Goldthorpe was named the season’s Most Valuable Player.
GF: Belmont edge out Hamilton in two-set grand final epic (16/11)
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)