Stanhope won its eighth straight game, Avenel got back on the winners list and the juggernaut at Tallygaroopna continued in the Kyabram District Netball League.
Stanhope hosted Nagambie, who beat league leader Avenel last week, and prevailed after a dominant final quarter.
In a close affair, the Lions outscored the Lakers 16-6 in the final term to eventually win 43-30.
Kerrie Gray’s side remains in fourth position and she was thrilled with the performance.
‘‘It was a fantastic effort, we are starting to hit our straps as a side, the girls are jelling well and moving the ball across the court,’’ Gray said.
‘‘The combinations are working pretty well at the moment.’’
Gray put her side’s form down to a combination of confidence and consistency.
‘‘We have tweaked a few things and I think the girls are starting to get used to each other now,’’ Gray said.
‘‘We have a pretty new side out there, so it has taken us a little bit of time to get going.’’
Nagambie coach Abby Misiti was disappointed her side could not back up last week’s performance.
‘‘We were just beaten by a better team on the day, they were too good for us,’’ Misiti said.
‘‘We were in the game for large parts, but we lost it in the last and that has been a problem for us of late.’’
But Misiti believed her side were genuine contender and felt Saturday’s loss was a little wake-up call.
‘‘We will learn a lot from the game, we were not at our best, but it is something we need to look at,’’ Misiti said.
‘‘The result won’t hurt us, if anything, it shows us the things that need to be worked on.’’
Rushworth and Ardmona shared the spoils with the two sides drawing 33-33, while Undera proved too strong for Longwood 54-23.
It was the Lions’ ninth win of the season and Kate Murphy’s side has won four its past five matches.
Merrigum lost to Murchison-Toolamba 46-38 in fierce battle between seventh and sixth respectively, while Tallygaroopna beat Girgarre by 48 goals.
The Redlegs were in involved in another high-scoring affair, cruising 60-12.
In the round’s final clash, Violet Town pipped Lancaster 45-43.