- RECORD: Played 20, won 17, lost three, finished premiers.
- HIGHLIGHT: Fifth flag in six years.
- LOWLIGHT: A first-ever loss to Kingborough in round 15.
- BEST PLAYER: Josh Ponting.
- BEST PROSPECT: Jackson Callow.
- BEST ADDITION: Braden van Buuren.
There were murmurs during the season that North Launceston might not be what they used to be.
A 16-point loss in Arion Richter-Salter's 50th marked North's first loss to Lauderdale since June 2017.
When the two sides met again in round 13, the Northern Bombers were kept to just four goals in a 37-point defeat.
But each time questions were asked, the reigning premiers had the answers.
Both Lauderdale losses were followed by gigantic home wins against Glenorchy - 48 and 87 points respectively - with Brad Cox-Goodyer kicking bags of six and five goals.
Even when once-lowly Kingborough defeated the Northern Bombers for the first time ever, it only served to spark a run of seven consecutive wins - including six away from UTAS Stadium and three victories over Lauderdale - that would see Taylor Whitford's men lift the cup for a third straight year.
In Braden van Buuren the club found a rock-solid defender who meshed in with back-six locks Jay Foon, Jack Avent, Richter-Salter and Connor Young from day dot.
The TSL team of the year defender played every game of the season until an elbow injury sidelined him from the grand final, but his contribution was not forgotten by his teammates.
Fellow North-West recruit Liam Davies grew as the season progressed and will sparkle on the wings of UTAS Stadium for years to come, while former NTFA tough nuts Jordan Tepper and Jack Rushton both took their games to a new level.
Filling the forward-50 void of Tom Bennett and Zach Burt was not left up to any one player.
Frontline warriors Whitford (30 goals) and Cox-Goodyer (51 goals) both stepped up to the plate as the former spent more time forward than ever before.
Development league grand final hero Ben Elmer spent time as Bart McCulloch's foil until mid-year recruit William Edmunds forced his way into the side, while premiership defender Tom Donnelly was successfully reinvented as a wingman-forward.
When Devils forward Jackson Callow was made available for selection the Northern Bombers regularly played four talls in the forward line - a structure Lauderdale was unable to combat in the grand final - and if anyone thought Josh Ponting couldn't improve on his 2018 season, well, he could.
In securing the senior and D-league double for the first time since the TSL's revamp the Bombers appear well-positioned to continue their remarkable dynasty.
The likes of Connor Pearton, Oliver Sanders, Cody Lowe, Matthew Cossins and Jaidyn Harris all appear to have plenty of senior football ahead of them and, given the year-to-year turnover between North's flag teams, their time could be sooner rather than later.