Waratah once again proved they may very well be on their way to another table-topping finish, their first since the club’s first and only championship season.
The ‘Tahs played out a dominant 9-2 victory off the back of a standout performance from catcher Eva Bailey, including a one-on-four outplay to put the cherry on top of the win.
Facing off against some of the Terrace’s best in David Franklin, Andrew Clark, Rynell Williams and recent two-time team’s best Dan Jenkinson, Bailey secured two catches and added two eliminations in the dying seconds of the round.
Later, Hamilton struggled to return to form after their defeat last weekend, but secured the win with a close fought 7-4 result against Rutherford.
The return of Thomas McCallum and Lachlan Craig after a one-week layoff for both players bolstered the side, with the latter controlling front-court as he was named club’s best for the match.
The club’s new recruit Joseph Maynard also provided a spark in the middle of the match as Rutherford strung three match wins together, with the recent signing’s double catch critical to the tail end of the game.
To end the round, Cooks Hill struggled as captain Benjamin McIntyre’s absence continued, with founding recruit Michael Kolmajer also ruled out for the week.
Vice-captain Lewis Foot stepped into the leading role, and was crucial to the Cookers’ fight back to a 6-all final score to keep their undefeated run alive.
The shared points keep Belmont ahead of Cooks Hill on the ladder on point difference, and with a four point buffer inside a playoff finish the club could be on their way to elimination rounds for the first time in their history.
GF: Belmont edge out Hamilton in two-set grand final epic (16/11)
FINALS: Hamilton and Belmont set up grand final rematch (9/11)
RD14: Waratah down Belmont in heated one-set thriller (2/11)
RD13: Shortland oust Hamilton from first with one to go (26/10)
RD12: Belmont upset Hamilton to blow first place race open (19/10)
RD11: Shortland take second after thriller against Belmont (12/10/18)
RD10: Waratah tumble into fourth place after slow start (5/10/18)
RD9: Top four teams hold off finals-hopefuls (28/09/18)
RD8: Hamilton claim first as league celebrates Ladies Day (21/09/18)
RD7: Shortland and Kotara clash goes down to the wire (14/09/18)
RD6: Waratah keep close on Hamilton's heels (07/09/18)
RD5: Hamilton prevail in grand final rematch (30/08/18)
RD4: Belmont tumble into ladder mix with defeat (24/08/18)
RD3: Waratah cuts Shortland's undefeated streak short (17/08/18)
RD2: Shortland break Terrace to continue strong start (10/08/18)
RD1: Waratah open account against long-standing rivals (03/08/18)
PRESEASON: Season 11's draw & key fixtures revealed (19/07/18)
PRESEASON: Registrations now open for NDL Season 11. (13/07/18)
GF: Hamilton extend dynasty with fifth championship (06/07/18)
SF: Belmont punch ticket to season decider with comeback (29/06/18)
QF: Raymond Terrace scores maiden finals victory (22/06/18)
RD15: Waratah confirm second place, first week bye (15/06/18)
RD14: Waratah steady the ship with key three-set win (08/06/18)
RD13: Belmont ensures the Waratah slide continues (01/06/18)
RD12: Cooks Hill and Belmont remain level with draw (25/05/18)
RD11: Waratah lose sight of first place after defeat (18/05/18)
RD10: Raymond Terrace shock Cookers in sudden death (11/05/18)
RD9: Cookers drop 'Tahs to second with 6-5 slug-fest (04/05/18)
RD8: Hamilton take revenge in Battle of Oakdale (27/04/18)
RD7: Bailey best on field as 'Tahs in cruise-control (20/04/18)
RD6: Waratah break three-year hoodoo over old rivals (13/04/18)
RD5: Hamilton reclaim first place with 13-0 masterclass (06/04/18)
RD4: League's closest round sees 'Tahs take top spot (23/03/18)
RD3: Cooks Hill record first point with 5-5 draw (16/03/18)
RD2: Sudden-death deciders see Hamilton pip Belmont (09/03/18)
RD1: Waratah-Hamilton classic ends in 6-all draw (02/03/18)