The ACU Sovereigns managed their breakthrough Championship division win, upsetting DC North East Blaze 52-47.
Armed with Vixens goaler Carla Dziwoki (26 from 32), the Sovereigns recovered from an 11-goal deficit midway through the third quarter to romp home on the back of 18-9 final quarter to record a famous comeback win.
Starting the match much like they finished the last, a stern word at quarter time kicked started the ladder leaders with Kath Knott (29 from 32) leading the way for a big win.
The Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels recorded a much-needed over the more fancied Southern Saints, triumphing 48-40.
An injury to Saints captain Leah Percy saw the Saints lose their way, having led for most of the first three quarters, with the Ariels full court pressure reaping the rewards for a hard-fought win.
The Geelong Cougars and Melbourne University Lightning played out the competition’s sixth draw of the season – and the Lightning’s fourth of the year – inseperable at 48-all.
Despite the Cougars’ leading by as much as nine through the match, both sides would be left to rue missed chances under the net, as the Lightning continued their frustration at not being able to land go-ahead goals in the dying minutes of play.
Boroondara Express were at their exhilarating best, blowing Monash University Storm off the court with a crushing 73-42 win.
While both sides shot in the 80s for shooting percentage, Storm’s regular midcourt errors as well as Express goaler’s competition high 47 goals from 57 attempts proved a stark difference between the two sides.
The Blaze made good on an authorative opening quarter to defeat the Sovereigns 55-29.
Coming out of the blocks firing with a 16-4 opening term, the Blaze were never headed from thereon; the win creeping them closer to a top four spot.
Jane Cook’s 46 goals from 48 attempts ensured the Falcons remarkable season run continued, defeating the Waves 54-34.
The central focus of Cook saw the ladder-leaders ride the wave of momentum over the Waves, who never recovered after being on the wrong end of 15-6 opening quarter.
The Saints recorded win number eight on the trot with a disposing 56-37 win over the Ariels.
Helped by the accuracy of goalers Alex Maher (41 from 47) and Georgia Cuthbertson (10 from 11), the Saints pieced together four quarters of consistent netball to bring home the four premiership points.
The Lightning broke a three-game drought to hold off the Cougars for a gritty 39-36 win.
Quelling Cougars star goaler Ruby Horton (9 from 13), the Lightning, led by defender Melissa Laird, grinded their way through the match, in the process staving off several charges from Geelong to hold on for the win.
The Express kept up their hot pursuit of the double chance with a commanding 44-24 win over the Storm.
With Express wing defence Montana Holmes providing great link from defence as well as great pressure on the Monash passing, Boroondara put the breaks on the Storm after half-time with a 21-7 second half ensuring a comfortable win.
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The Sovereigns rode the coattails of a dynamic opening quarter to defeat the Blaze 54-34.
With the win putting some breathing space between fourth and fifth, the Sovereigns’ 18-7 first term set the tone for which the Blaze never recovered.
Queens of the recoveries after slow starts, the Falcons were at their characteristic best to comfortably overhaul the Waves 52-35.
The Waves had the Falcons on the ropes initially, leading 8-11 at quarter time, before the Falcons found their gear in the second quarter with a 15-6 term, and in turn launching their dominance in the match from there on.
The Saints recorded their sixth straight win and continue snapping at the heels of the two, defeating the Ariels 45-29.
A tooth-and-nail battle for the first three quarters, Saints defenders Mardi Cunningham and Caitlyn Degaris put the breaks on as their side posted a 15-6 final term to assure the win.
The Cougars continue their rebuild from their mid-season slip up with an affirming 47-35 over the Lightning.
With mid courters Laura Cayzer and Briana Walters controlling proceedings all match, an assured performance Geelong’s Hannah van Gemst (30 from 36) saw the Cougars comfortably home.
The bottom-placed Express orchestrated a fantastic come from behind victory and upset, pipping the Storm 36-33.
The Storm were left to rue many errors through the final term after leading by as much as 11 through the match, and six in the final quarter. Shrugging off a shaky start Express goaler Lauren Hargreaves was near nerveless in the final term to administrate a nine-goal turnaround in the final 15 minutes to grab their second win of the year.