Railways defeated St Josephs and what a game it was.
Most people see these two teams playing off in the Grand Final, and despite St. Josephs currently leading the competition and looking increasingly like becoming minor premiers, Railways have now beaten them in both of their last two encounters and also enjoy a much healthier percentage.
The physicality of the game and the margin of six goals suggest that the reigning premiers need to find another gear against this team.
St Josephs new recruit, Amy Green was best player, followed by first year defender Tylah Jackson and Kelli O’Grady all playing exceptionally well.
For Railways, it was their goalies, Courtney Nowack on form and rarely missing an opportunity to score, coupled with the speed and resourcefulness of Claire Schupelius catching the eye of the coach ensured the lead was maintained.
Vikings managed to scrape home by five goals over Magpies in a seesawing affair.
They won the first quarter by three and the third by four, but a gallant and at times superb Magpies outfit won both the second and final quarters by a solitary goal in each.
Vikings got the first five before Magpies got into the match. Twice they got out to a seven-goal lead, only to see Magpies level the scores.
With Georgia Grantham and Ellie Packard grabbing most defensive rebounds for three quarters, Vikings slight inaccuracy in both the second and third quarters let Magpies back in.
Two midcourt players for Vikings, Celeste Ticehurst and Belinda Myles; generated some vital intercepts that lead to goals every time.
They were backed up as always by two superb defenders in Kym Bishop and Erin Egel.
Every time Magpies looked like hitting the front, Vikings responded emphatically to get the lead out to five or more quite quickly.
It was first playing fifth when Railways took on Magpies, but in the first quarter the underdogs took it right up to the more fancied side.
Magpies defences Tanya Aird and Kelsey Ellis did a superb job of keeping Eliza Fraser and young Rosie Venning quiet, while at the other end, the ever-reliable Georgia Irvine was shooting beautifully.
At half time there was very little separating the two teams, after half time, thanks to some nice shooting from Rosie Venning, Railways powered away to win easily.
Quorn are making their charge towards second spot following a five-goal win over St. Josephs, which puts them into third spot. Next in their sights are Vikings, who must be nervous as the team from the other side of the hills have scored more goals, and conceded fewer in defence than them.
The clash between these two teams next week on court nine will be a ripper.