It's going down to the wire! With just three rounds remaining, teams were looking to grasp a top-four spot at any cost.
LIGHTNING V SWIFTS (50 – 48):
The Sunshine Coast Lightning came away with a two-point win over the New South Wales Swifts in a tight tussle on Saturday night.
The top of the ladder clash was one for the ages, with both sides looking to bolster their chances of a home final.
An injury ravaged Swifts side fought valiantly. Despite missing three of their starting seven players, they looked to be likely winners with a four-point lead heading into the final term.
Yet, a determined display from Lightning goal defence Karla Pretorius, brought her side back into the game with a series of turnovers in the last five minutes of the match.
After a fumbled circle entry from Swifts shooter Samantha Wallace, the Lightning capitalised on the turnover, regaining their lead with just four minutes remaining.
With a last-minute deflection from Swifts star goal keeper, Sarah Klau, her side had one last opportunity to tie up the scores, however a missed shot from Sophie Garbin cemented the Lightning’s lead.
Whilst the Swifts never stopped fighting, an inspirational final quarter comeback ultimately proved the difference.
“I’m very proud of how we fought back” Pretorius said post game.
“That is what netball is all about, great finish.”
Despite her accuracy being down, the Lightning’s goal attack Stephanie Wood exposed the Swifts’ defence thanks to her trademark mobility.
On a positive note for New South Wales, prized Silver Fern recruit, Katrina Rore looked at home playing for her new side, a welcome addition with finals looming.
In what was a display of what could be to come in finals, both teams demonstrated why they are the best two Super Netball sides.