Newcomers New Lambton claim first points with Hamilton Upset, while Raymond Terrace claim second win of the season
New Lambton have claimed their first competitive points of the season with a 6-5 win over Hamilton on Thursday evening in the final match of the round.
The new team had yet to score a win in 2019, including falling to fellow newcomers Jesmond just last weekend in an edgy 7-6 battle. Now, they've punched their ticket to the winner's circle with a one-set win over the Stags, and set the race for second place into a spiral that may not be resolved until seasons end.
The Lions matched Hamilton set for set early on, with the sides locked at 3-apiece at half time, before two 5-3 advantage rounds went against the Stags. The loss of control sent them slipping in the final sets, as they grabbed just two in the second half to chalk up their fourth loss of what has already been a mixed season for the defending champions.
The result has significance for a raft of other teams battling it out for second place behind . While the Scotchies claimed their ten win in a row to keep their undefeated run in the Newcastle Dodgeball League alive, they dropped Belmont for the second time this season in another 6-5 match. The loss leaves the Beavers on just 23 points, but ahead of the Stags after Hamilton's loss keeps them on 22 and in third.
Behind the second and third placed sides are Waratah and Kotara, who couldn't make up the gap between their table rivals as they battled to a 6-all standstill in the opening game of the evening. With the affair all level at 5-5 heading into the last two sets, the 'Tahs took the lead before the Kings bagged a sudden death deciding victory in the twelfth and final set of the contest.
Also on Thursday evening, Bar Beach moved to 16 points in sixth with a 8-7 win over Jesmond, while Raymond Terrace recorded the only victory of the round that was decided by more than set. The Raccoons defeated Glendale 0-3 to move into seventh place.
STANDINGS: Shortland (30), Belmont (23), Hamilton (22), Waratah (20), Kotara (19), Bar Beach (16), Raymond Terrace (14), Jesmond, Glendale, New Lambton (12).
RD10: Terrace back in the winner's circle with Stags upset (10/04)
RD9: Belmont and Waratah locked at standstill (03/05)
RD8: Stags down 'Tahs in grudge match battle for third (19/04)
RD7: Belmont bounce back with spoiler win against Kotara (12/04)
RD6: Scotches wave away Belmont bid to stay top (05/04)
RD5: Waratah right season with Raccoons win (29/03)
RD4: Shortland stay undefeated with fourth win (22/03)
RD3: Hamilton claim revenge in grand final rematch (15/03)
RD2: Bar Beach hold off Glendale to bag first win (08/03)
RD1: Waratah sweep aside arch-rivals with major margin (01/03)
PRESEASON: Season 12's draw & key fixtures revealed (08/02/19)
PRESEASON: Rego now open for NDL Season 12. (01/02/18)
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)