Dookie United has again shown it has the personnel to match Waaia.
Jodie Fleming’s side was ultimately overrun on Saturday, but just five goals separated the two sides.
United was two goals up at the first change, with Waaia gradually working away until scores were level heading into the final quarter.
Bombers coach Nikki Foster said one of the strengths of her side was its ability to play high level netball consistently.
‘‘We had a really good last quarter, I just asked them if you want to win you can,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s just that no-one gives up and there’s no-one on the team that doesn’t give 100 per cent, they’ll fight for every ball.
‘‘I don’t think we have high and low points we just play and that’s what they do — they play it out and that want is there.’’
Dookie United was accurate around the ring as it pushed the undefeated Waaia team to the end.
But a side’s depth can be measured by the talent of their wings and Nicole Quinn, Blaise Mortimer and Emma McDonald all rotated through the positions for the Bombers to provide plenty of spark.
Foster said her side’s best was yet to come, despite remaining unbeaten after 12 rounds.
‘‘We still haven’t played our best game of netball yet, so yesterday was about reducing errors and slowing down is some part of it and they did really well as the game went on and did what I asked,’’ she said.
While the door is not closed on finals for Tungamah yet, the Bears are falling further out of contention with each game.
Having lost the past five games on the trot, Katunga was a class above on Saturday with the Swans winning by 18 goals.
Shepparton East defeated Katandra after succumbing to the Kats earlier in the season, while Rennie jumped to sixth spot with a win against Katamatite.
●In the north-west division, Picola United jumped into the top five after putting in a solid performance against Berrigan to win 44-35.
Tocumwal gathered yet another large victory as it defeated Jerilderie by 28 goals as Blighty also claimed an easy win against Strathmerton.