Maitland Carpet Court have been stripped of four competition points after they were found they had played an ineligible player in their round seven clash against Royal Federal Hotel.
Under the Maitland Netball Association ruling Royal Federal were awarded the points and MCC received no points for the round which leaves the two teams locked on 28 points in a battle for fourth spot at the end of round 12.
The finals hopes of both sides will now come down to their final-round encounter on August 25.
MCC sit in fourth spot ahead on points difference after a 51-38 win against Maitland Blacks Tolsaf Cranes on Saturday.
Royal Federal were unable to match Hills Solicitors, who rebounded from last week’s loss to The George Tavern with a 66-37 win.
The George backed up their winning form with a 54-17 win against Hinton Hotel.
Club Maitland City were pushed all the way by MPBC before finally prevailing 40-34.
CMC remain in second place equal on points with The George, but face the tough assignment next week of Hills Solicitors looking to confirm their seventh minor premiership in eight years.
The George face Maitland Carpet Court next week.
Even if Royal Federal beat Hinton Hotel they must still defeat MCC to guarantee a finals spot.
- Hills Solicitors v Club Maitland City
- Tolsaf Cranes v MPBC
- The George v Maitland Carpet Court
- Royal Federal v Hinton Hotel