St George-Sutherland remains on track to record one of the great McDonald's Women's Premier Cricket makeovers after entering the Christmas-New Year break on top of the ladder.
The Slayers finished a distance last in 2019/20 but have staged a remarkable recovery a year on to record five wins from six completed games.
That's given them pole position on the table and a firm grip on a semi-final spot heading into the resumption of the competition on Sunday.
"I’m very pleased with how we have started, not just as a team but as a club," captain Cailyn Fountain said.
"Our Second Grade and Brewer Shield teams have really stepped up so I couldn’t be happier with how the first half of the season has gone.
"We’ve taken so much out of the season already and that will only benefit us for the second half of the season.
"There’s always room for improvement but after a short break we’re back in the New Year ready to go again."
The Slayers sit three points clear of defending champions Sydney, with Parramatta and Northern District making up the four.
Fifth-placed Campbelltown-Camden head the list of teams outside the four, followed by Universities, Bankstown, Gordon and Penrith.
There is still time for those sides to make a run for the play-offs, especially given the topsy-turvy string of recent results.
The first round of the New Year has Universities playing Penrith, Campbelltown-Camden up against Northern District, St George-Sutherland taking on Bankstown and Sydney hosting Gordon.