The Illawarra Lions shut down Uni of NSW/Eastern Suburbs in all four quarters to post a confidence-building 29-point win in Saturday night's Sydney AFL clash at North Dalton Park.
The Lions were beaten by three points by St George in their opening round match in the First Division competition but proved too strong for the Bulldogs in a 10.11 (71) to 7.0 (42) victory.
Uni of NSW had no more than four scoring shots in any quarter, with the Lions on top from the first bounce and leading by 18 points at quarter-time.
The Lions had 21 scoring shots to the Bulldogs' seven for the match, with Peter Lloyd among their best with four goals.
Chris Cook and Ben Hyndes also booted two goals, with Chris Cook, William Cook, Lloyd, Jacob Brookfield and Sam Wilson outstanding for Illawarra.
Sydney Swans 1996 grand final player Troy Luff booted three goals for the Bulldogs and was a handful for the home side.
New Lions coach Dave Nolan expects his side to be finals contenders in the second tier competition of Sydney AFL and a strong first-up showing at home is promising for the rest of the season.
The Lions are away to Penrith in Saturday's round three.
Penrith are coming off a 49-point loss to Balmain, who with UTS Bats, Holroyd-Parramatta and Macquarie Uni, are the only unbeaten teams after two rounds.