THE Entrance ended more than a decade of Newcastle dominance and handed out a year's worth of payback by hammering Norths 7-2 in the Hunter Coast Men's Premier League Hockey grand final, played at Broadmeadow on Saturday.
The Entrance became the first Central Coast side in the competition's 12-year history to win the title, which previously had been dominated by Newcastle heavyweights Norths and Souths.
In doing so, they repaid an outstanding debt after last year's 8-2 thrashing from Norths in the premiership decider.
The Entrance coach Ray Winwood-Smith described the win as "hugely satisfying", especially for players such as veteran midfielder Rob Owen, who has been with the club since the league's first season.
To make their triumph even more memorable, The Entrance found themselves 2-0 in arrears early in proceedings after a brace of goals by prolific Norths striker Jordan Willott.
But Winwood-Smith had no doubt at all that his players would bounce back from their confidence-sapping start.
The league's leading scorer, Luke Witchard, scored twice for The Entrance to claim man-of-the-match honours.
Spanish under-21 international Eduardo Garriga scored a hat-trick, while Daniel Carter and Sam Coonan each added a goal.
The defeat, Norths' first in four games against The Entrance this season, ended their three-year reign as champions.