Hills Solicitors maintained their lead at the top of the Maitland A-Grade netball standings with a hard fought 45-40 win over HVE Transport on Saturday afternoon.
In the contest between the first and third placed teams, Hills Solicitors held off a late fourth-quarter comeback, showing their class despite being pushed all the way.
Hills Solicitors captain Mel Morris was happy with the result and the defensive effort of her side.
“We have been a bit flat with our netball the last couple of weeks so we knew we had to step up and start strongly, we were able to do that and that went a long way to getting the result,” Morris said.
“Defensively we were very good, they turned the ball over that much and our defence really stood up to allow us to get the win.”
Hills Solicitors led at every break and at one stage were in front by as many as 10 points before HVE Transport’s late resurgence.
“Going into the fourth we were up by about 10, we stayed in control for most of the game but that last quarter maybe we got a bit complacent and they caught up on us in the end,” Morris said. “But we are very happy with the win.”
Last season’s minor premiers are looking like going back-to-back in 2012 and head into the two week break with only one loss so far.
And Morris feels her side has what it takes to keep the roll going.
Hano’s HVE moved into third place after claiming an important 48-42 victory over Lantry Plumbing.
In a tight contest Hano's HVE did enough to secure the win that sees them move to 28 points, two above HVE Transport, while Lantry Plumbing stay fifth despite the loss.
In other results, Queens Arms managed a 36-29 win over Family Hotel while George Tavern continued Coalfield Comets tough season with a comprehensive 60-29 victory.