Reigning champions, the Victoria Vipers, triumphed 1-0 over the Diamonds at the State Netball Hockey Centre in Melbourne over the weekend.
The Vipers required a last-gasp goal from Madi Ratcliffe, arriving with barely 15 seconds left on Saturday afternoon.
Victoria Vipers 1 (Ratcliffe 60') WA Diamonds 0, Melbourne
Madi Ratcliffe scored with 15 seconds left to help reigning champions Victoria Vipers to a hard-fought 1-0 triumph over the WA Diamonds.
The Vipers had the better of the first-half chances but couldn't find a way through.
WA took their PumpPlay with five minutes left and scores still 0-0, but it was the hosts who netted after Emily Hurtz won a last minute short corner.
The penalty corner broke down for the Vipers, but in dramatic scenes, Ratcliffe fired in a 60th minute field goal to win it.
WA hosts NT at Perth Hockey Stadium next Saturday, while Victoria welcomes SA to Melbourne too.
SA Suns 3 (McMahon 30’ PP, 41’) NT Pearls 0, Adelaide
Hockeyroo Karri McMahon scored twice, including a PumpPlay goal, as the SA Suns secured a top two spot in Pool A after a 3-0 win over the NT Pearls at Adelaide’s State Hockey Centre on Saturday night.
The Pearls proved stubborn to break down following last round’s 13-0 thrashing from Victoria, determined to deny SA any attacking opportunities.
However, upon SA’s PumpPlay, when both sides were reduced to nine players and the Suns’ goals were worth double, McMahon netted right on the stroke of half-time to make it 2-0.
McMahon couldn’t convert her resultant field goal conversion, with NT keeper Elizabeth Duguid denying her.
And it was Berri product McMahon who sealed the win in the third quarter with a 41st minute drag flick to make it 3-0.
The result leaves SA on 10 points from two games after last round’s win over WA, only behind Victoria on goal difference. NT are bottom of the pool.