If you told Northern Beaches coach Rory Evans early this year that his team would have suffered only one loss by the halfway stage of the season, he would never have believed you.
But after the Blues ran away from Port Macquarie in the second half on Saturday to win by 64 points, that's exactly the position the Northern Beaches outfit finds itself.
The Blues have now recorded four straight wins and sit in second position and building.
Saturday's encounter at Centennial Oval was the first time this season Northern Beaches passed the 100-mark on the scoreboard with the Duryea brothers, Fraser and Evan, kicking nine of the team's 15 goals with five and four respectively.
Evans admits the position the Blues are now in has come as a pleasant surprise.
"Unexpected a little bit if I'm being honest. Not because of who we've got and the way we play but I just thought it would take a little bit longer to get our game plan worked out with the new group," Evans said.
Port Macquarie was noticeably fatigued in the final term when the Blues kicked six goals to one with a bit of a breeze at their back to stretch the final margin.
Magpies coach Matt Clarke said being tired late is no sign that his young team lacks fitness.
"We only had one on the bench. Within the first five minutes three of our guys were injured," Clarke explained.
"We knew it was going to be a tough slog from there but we're a fit side, they (Northern Beaches) are an older side so we knew we would probably be neck and neck fitness wise even though we had limited rotations."
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