As a team, the only thing better than a win on a weekend is two of them.
Bulldogs Verdelho got to experience that feeling on Saturday when they won back-to-back Bathurst Netball Association A grade clashes against their Panthers opponents.
Verdelho came into the weekend still searching for their first win of the season after a gripping 28-all draw in the opening round, but they knew the double header against Panthers Toshacks and Panthers Agriwest would push them to their limit.
But they were up for the challenge.
Bulldogs brought forward their round five clash against Toshacks to Saturday, since the Panthers squad had the bye and were keen to still get some netball action into their system.
A young but experienced Bulldogs side were too strong for the Toshacks women as they emerged 38-20 winners.
The big question was whether the Bulldogs would be able to back up strongly against a Panthers Agriwest side enjoying their first taste of netball after an opening round bye.
Agriwest made a great account of themselves in a back-and-forth contest, though Bulldogs stood tall with their fitness being pushed to them limit.
Panthers threatened to take the game away at several points but the blue and gold kept their unbeaten start to the season intact with a 42-35 victory.
I was confident that the girls would be able to go out there and do the job.Anita van Dartel
Bulldogs coach Anita van Dartel was proud of the way her side rose to the occasion.
"It's tops. It's been a great start," she said.
"It was a very busy day. They were all a bit tired by the end of it.
"We're still working out a few of combinations and where everyone belongs but it's been great. We've had a great start to the year and the girls have been having a lot of fun.
"I've got two sets of sisters playing this year which is great because that's quite unique. You don't often get to play with your siblings."
Fun has been the overriding theme of the Bulldogs' pre-season, and they've been happy just to get court time in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Van Dartel said the results are a bonus for her team.
"They did so well and we're very thankful to Toshacks for changing the game time because a lot of our team have partners and children and we're trying to minimise the impact on them," she said.
"I was confident that the girls would be able to go out there and do the job. There were a couple of combinations which didn't work but it's a learning process and that's part of life.
"They give it their all every time they turn up. It's a great way to start."
In the day's other match the Collegians Mystified and Panthers grand final rematch lived up to the hype.
The final result was the same as the 2019 decider but the scoreline was closer as Collegians scraped home 36-35 in a match with momentum swinging both directions.
Panthers face Toshacks in the first leg of next weekend's double header round and Agriwest face Collegians.