Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

ONE of the most com­pet­i­tive Townsville City Net­ball fi­nals’ se­ries in re­cent years looks a near cer­tainty fol­low­ing this week’s knifeedge round.

Bot­tom- placed High­landers scored one of the sea­son’s big up­sets by beat­ing lad­der lead­ers Nep­tunes 39- 35, and sec­ond- placed Saints were pipped at the post by Bur­dekin, who se­cured a 41- 39 win.

But even that wasn’t the round’s clos­est win.

That hon­our be­longs to Mar­i­anVix­ens. Mar­ian- Vix­ens beat Phoenix 37- 36 in a thrilling goal- for- goal con­test, which puts Mar­ian into fourth place along­side Phoenix with two games re­main­ing un­til fi­nals.

“It was close all the way through,” Mar­ian coach Sue Warm­ing­ton said.

“We were very evenly matched and as we all know any team can win on their day.

“We were down after the first quar­ter and we had to hang in dur­ing the sec­ond, but the girls held their nerve and got some cru­cial turnovers.

“Then it was goal for goal in the fourth quar­ter, and it was a cliffhanger at the end.”

Goal de­fender Kym Pat­ter­son re­ceived spe­cial praise from Warm­ing­ton, as did the team’s hand­ful of younger players. “They all played their part and our de­fend­ers were out­stand­ing,” Warm­ing­ton said.

“We had a few young­sters out there as well who did a great job, and that game was an­other good ex­pe­ri­ence for them.

“We’re start­ing to find a bit of form and now we’re in a good bat­tle to make that top four.”

Bur­dekin made it six in a row with their win over Saints and they will will now pre­pare for next week’s cru­cial game against High­landers.

Saints and Nep­tunes share top spot on the com­pe­ti­tion lad­der, although Nep­tunes have a bye in hand.

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