AT No. 1 Sportsground, Warners Bay ended their season on a high with a convincing 17.18.120 to 9.8.62 win over neighbouring rivals, Cardiff.
Despite being out of the running for the finals, Warners Bay were keen to end the year on a positive note and at least get the season bragging rights over the Hawks.
Cardiff opened up kicking with a strong breeze and excellent defensive work from Warners Bay restricted the Hawks' lead with just a goal.
With the breeze at their backs, the Bulldogs were able to take control of the game, and with Jake Hayes proving a handful up forward and Martin Karafilis and Jake Roach winning numerous possessions around the ground, Warners Bay led by 21 points at half-time.
Cardiff needed to make good use of the wind in the third quarter.
However, it was Warners Bay who had the better of the term with tactics of retaining possession with short kicks and handball, and they kicked a further four goals whilst restricting Cardiff to just a solitary major.
With the game virtually decided, the final term was a free-flowing affair with 12 goals kicked and in the end the Bulldogs earned a 58-point win.
Hayes was superb for the Dogs, finishing with seven goals, with Karafilis, Roach and Matt Mahon also having good games.
Aiden Broadway, Simon O'Brien, Jackson McMahon and Andrew Risby were the best for Cardiff.
Newcastle City tuned up for the finals with a 39.26.260 to 3.3.21 over Lake Macquarie at Tulkaba Park.
Terrigal Avoca rounded out the home and away season in convincing fashion with a 16.12.108 to 2.1.13 win over Killarney Vale at Hylton Moore Oval.
Singleton had the bye.