NEWCASTLE City are the Black Diamond Cup premiers for the sixth time after a dominant performance against defending premiers Terrigal Avoca at No. 1 Sportsground on Saturday.
In perfect weather on a ground in excellent condition, Newcastle City - led by eight goals from Gary McBain Medal winner Courtney Knight - won 18.9 (117) to 14.9 (93).
Newcastle City set up the win on the back of a brilliant start to the game, with four goals on the board (three to Knight) within the first eight minutes.
Every time Terrigal Avoca threatened to make a comeback, Newcastle City were able to respond with multiple goals and only by kicking the last four goals of the game were the Panthers able to reduce the final margin to 24 points.
Jubilant premiership-winning coach Craig Hewat said before the grand final that Newcastle City would win because their 22 players were stronger than Terrigal Avoca's, and that proved to be correct, as the Blues did not have a passenger.
Apart from Knight, Michael Healy, Andrew Wilmott, Ian Baker, Luke Rawnsley and Ryley Lang were the best for Newcastle City. However, their teammates also played strongly.
James Webster was the pick for the Panthers, working himself to a standstill, with Brendan Harper, Sam O'Brien, Jayson Van Dam, Damen Smith and Jay Lewis others to play well.
In the earlier games, Nelson Bay won the first division premiership to complete the perfect season, defeating Newcastle City 13.15 (93) to 4.4 (28).
In second division, Newcastle City got the day off to a perfect start defeating Terrigal Avoca 13.14 (92) to 7.9 (51).