REGALS won their second consecutive Newcastle Women's Premier League grand final - and sixth in the past 10 years - after staving off a spirited Central fightback at Broadmeadow on Saturday.
Down to 10 players after having Caitlin Logan sent off for a dubious challenge with eight minutes remaining, Regals then conceded a goal to Emily Lane to find themselves grimly defending a 3-2 lead.
But even after a Central corner right on full-time, the scoreline remained unchanged and Regals were able to celebrate back-to-back premierships, having beaten Souths in last year's decider.
It was their 10th consecutive grand final. As well as the past two seasons, these also produced victories in 2004 and 2006-08.
Regals coach Damien Blair said it was "definitely a nail-biting finish" and praised both teams for their desperation.
"We were on top in the first half and led 3-1 at half-time, but Central came out after the break and upped the ante and really put us under pressure," he said.
Blair, in his first year at the helm, said it had been "a pleasure" to coach Regals and be rewarded with the ultimate prize.
"That's 10 consecutive grand finals, and they've won six of them, and that's a credit to the girls and to the club to be that successful for so long," he said.
Regals' three goals came from Teresa Blair, Australian Country representative Mel Geer and veteran Jo Springthorpe.