Superleague Netball is back with a bang after Team Northumbria opened their second campaign in style with a crushing 44-23 win against northern rivals Leeds Met.
The home side trailed 8-3 with four minutes of the first period to play as fans feared a return to last season's patchy form.
But Kiwi Kiley Hikawai broke her TN duck with the final goal of the quarter to tie the clash at 8-8.
And Egan's revitalised players never looked back as they went on to blow away one of last season's mid-table rivals.
"It's early days," said TN's coach. "Right now it's all about finding out what we can do and what we can't do.
"I thought we really clicked as a defensive unit but we weren't always firing on all cylinders as an attacking force."
Nineteen-year-old Hikawai sank nine of her team's 14 second-period goals after suffering an early attack of nerves.
Northumbria led 22-14 at half-time thanks to the pinpoint accuracy of Hikawai and Lesley `Big Mac' MacDonald.
But coach Egan introduced Wearsider Marie Ewing into the attacking mix after the break as Scot MacDonald took a breather.
The new frontline continued to cause Leeds all kinds of problems but it was in defence where TN turned the screw.