Sydney University is top of the table at the halfway mark of the McDonald Men's Premier Cricket competition but taking nothing for granted ahead of the re-start.
The Students (38 points) are in pole position from Manly-Warringah (34pts), Sydney (33), Eastern Suburbs (33), St George (27) and Fairfield-Liverpool (27) at the Christmas-New Year recess.
The competition resumes on Saturday and Uni skipper Liam Robertson acknowledges his team still has plenty to do to stay on top.
"We are happy with where we're at but it hasn’t all been smooth sailing," he said.
"We've had to use a lot of different players due to injuries but I think that sets us up well for the second half of the year.
"We haven't played our best cricket or consistently put our best side out there but we're still on top."
With just five points separating first from fourth, there is little room for error.
Robertson said: "It's very tight. Anyone can beat anyone in this competition.
"There's still a lot to fight out in the second half of the season and a lot that can change."
Uni last won the Belvidere Cup in 2016/17 and has finished runner-up twice since that triumph.
Last year stung almost as heavily as those grand final losses.
"Last year we finished second and didn't get to go through and that hurt," Robertson said
"That's why we all play cricket – to be there or thereabouts in March, April."
At the other end of the table, Blacktown Mounties and UNSW will come out of the break searching for their first points of the season.
Both teams were unluckily denied a shot at victory on day two of round eight when a Covid outbreak in Sydney's north forced all matches to be cancelled.
Mounties skipper Harmon Sandhu has been predicting a revival for the past few weeks and likes what he's seeing.
"There's been some good signs during various stages of matches and it's just been about putting it all together in the one game," he said.
"We haven't given up on the season. Hopefully we can build some momentum going into the second half of the season."