The NVY Comets are preparing to mount a red-hot challenge against top side The George Tavern in Maitland Netball A-grade round 12 on Saturday.
With just three rounds remaining, Comets' Kiona Sunerton said confidence was high in her side and with a full complement of players expected to be playing it was time to lay down a challenge.
"The George have been the best team all season, but I think we feel as a team we can challenge and beat them," she said.
"We had expected to have seven players last week but unfortunately one of the players called in sick.
"This could be the first time all year we should have all our players available and we want to give it a red-hot shot."
The battle between first and third has equal billing with the clash between Club Maitland City (second) and Hills Solicitors (fourth) which is also set to have major ramifications on what order the top four finishes.
In the other matches this Saturday EMNC Brazen Fitness take on Customs House Hotel and Quarry Bar & Grill play Flames
Both CMC and Hills will be looking for far better showings, while Brazen Fitness will be ruing a missed opportunity.
An understrength Hills Solicitors suffered an upset 39-32 loss to Quarry Bar & Grill and Club Maitland City had the narrowest of victories beating East Maitland's Brazen Fitness 26-25.
After trailing at the final break, CMC managed to claw their way to a 26-25 win against Easts.
An Easts win would have left them just three points outside the top four with three rounds remaining.
It was a close thing for NVY Comets as well with a 44-39 win against Customs House Hotel.
In the final game, top side The George Tavern collected full points for a forfeit win against bottom team Flames.
NVY Comets 44 def Customs House Hotel 39
Quarry Bar & Grill 39 def Hills Solicitors 32
TNC The George Tavern defeated Flames on forfeit
Club Maitland City 26 def EMNC Brazen Fitness 25
- The George Tavern 37
- Club Maitland City 34
- NVY Comets 31
- Hills Solicitors 28
- EMNC Brazen Fitness 22
- Quarry Bar & Grill 19
- Customs House Hotel 18
- Flames 9