IT has taken 16 rounds, but the five is finally set in BFNL A-grade netball.
Kangaroo Flat’s thrilling two-goal win over Strathfieldsaye and Eaglehawk’s 21-goal victory against Kyneton has officially shut the door on the Storm, Maryborough and South Bendigo’s hopes of finals action.
The Roos were forced to work hard for their win after they trailed a brave Storm by eight goals in the opening quarter.
But with Jamie-Lee Clohesy in outstanding form at goal attack, the Roos were able to hold the nerve in the dying stages to score a 43-41 win at Dower Park.
The reigning premiers retain fourth spot on the league ladder, two points in front of fifth-placed Eaglehawk, ahead of a tough match against top side Sandhurst next week.
Strathfieldsaye has games to come against South Bendigo and Kyneton and will be aiming to earn the tag as the best side outside of the final five.
Golden Square is almost assured of the double chance following a 17-goal win over South Bendigo.
The Bulldogs were without sisters Kelly and Andrea Wilson, but won 58-41 against a spirited Bloods.
Eaglehawk posted its ninth win of the season with a 60-39 victory at Kyneton.
Sandhurst moved another step closer to sewing up top spot ahead of finals with a 58-41 win against seventh-placed Maryborough.
Gisborne is the only team capable of catching the Dragons and sits four points behind following a win over Castlemaine.