JUST four points separate the top three teams on the A-grade Loddon Valley Netball League ladder.
Calivil United, YCW and Mitiamo hold the first three spots on the ladder, with Bridgewater and Newbridge rounding out the top five.
Calivil hosted Mitiamo in its round four match.
The premiership contenders couldn’t be split with the two teams fighting out a 42 all draw on Saturday afternoon.
The lead changed several times over the course of the game but neither team could edge out in front.
Mitiamo coach Jen Morrison said it was a fitting end to a hard fought competitive game from both sides.
“We had a good start, we got to about eight goals up in the first quarter but Calivil pegged their way back,” she said.
“It was a pretty even second quarter before Calivil got out in front by about six goals then we pegged back the lead.
“Then it was very much goal for goal in the last quarter.
“In the dying minutes it was very close.”
Morrison said the game was reminiscent of a finals game.
“It was high pressured game and the draw was a fitting result,” she said.
“You wouldn’t often say a draw would be a good result but both teams slogged it out.
“It was like a finals game.”
Morrison said heading into the game she knew it would be a tough game.
“Our best defender was out, she is in hospital but she will be okay,” she said.
“It just meant there was an opportunity for an under-17 player in the team.
“Julia Twigg came into the side, she grabbed the opportunity to play in the seniors with both hands.
“I gave her the best player.”
In other Loddon Valley Netball League games reigning premiers YCW bounced back from last week’s loss to defeat Bears-Lagoon Serpentine.
YCW scored a 57 to 24 victory.
Bridgewater also won its second game of the season, defeating Inglewood by 27 goals.
The final score 59 to 32.
Pyramid Hill also had its first win of the season on Saturday.
The Bulldogs defeated the Panthers by 15 goals at Malone Park.
The final score 38 to 23.
Pyramid Hill now sits just outside the top five, in sixth position.