It's the new State of Origin era five years in the making.
It took less than three weeks for NSW champion Brad Fittler and his next generation of Blues to wrestle the shield back from Queensland.
It comes at a time where the state are the holders of every Origin shield on offer, from the senior mens and womens all the way down to the wheelchair rivalry.
But while his unique methods have garnered most of the attention, the rookie Origin coach has been laying the groundwork since overseeing the NSW pathways program in 2014.
Under Fittler's watchful eye, the under-16s, under-18s and under-20s haven't lost to the Maroons since 2015.
"It's funny. People seem to assume that what he's put together he's done in the last couple of weeks or so," NSWRL chief executive Dave Trodden told AAP.
"But in reality, he's been working with a lot of those guys for some years now."
Fittler was there in 2014 when Blues stars Tom Trbojevic and Latrell Mitchell were selected in a triumphant under-18s team.
He was also there when Jake Trbojevic was selected in the under-20s and when Mitchell progressed into the same team the following year.
He has also coached seven other players in the defunct City v Country fixture, from James Tedesco in 2013 to Nathan Cleary just last year.
All up, Fittler had previously coached about two-thirds of the NSW squad before the series-opener this year.
"You can add (skipper) Boyd Cordner in there too. I coached him as a 16-year-old and watched him grow up," Fittler said.
Trodden was reluctant to put a financial number on what a winning Blues team means to the NSWRL but he did reveal that there had been a spike in participation rates this year.
And it coincides with the Blues' recent success.
"Participation has been down in recent years but it's actually up this year in metropolitan Sydney for the first time in five years," Trodden said.
"And what you'll see is that while a lot of them previously wanted to be like Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston, now they want to be like Nathan Cleary and Latrell Mitchell.
"Kids are now gravitating to this Blues team like never before."
NSW BLUES FITTLER COACHED BEFORE THIS YEAR'S STATE OF ORIGIN
2013 - James Tedesco (City)
2014 - Tom Trbojevic, Latrell Mitchell (under-18s); Jake Trbojevic (under-20s); David Klemmer (City)
2015 - James Roberts, Tyrone Peachey, Reagan Campbell-Gillard (City)
2017 - Josh Addo-Carr, Nathan Cleary (City)