Souths commander Narelle Eather looks for a pass during the Lions' round 4 victory.

Souths have made it three from three in the Newcastle Netball top-grade, coming out on top in a windy 63-point armwrestle with three-time champs West Leagues in the first grand final rematch of the delayed 2020 season.

The Lions were able to outlast a young West Leagues outfit on Saturday afternoon, after the two competition heavyweights locked horns in the long-standing grudge match.

Souths had the edge in the first quarter, pocketing a two-goal lead, before Wests surged back in the second to tie the affair up 15–15.

The Lions made a handful of changes at the half, bringing Georgia King in as keeper for goal defender Laura Neale, and swapping young shooter Janas Burgess with another star youngster, Millie Tonkin, in the shooting circle.

Tracey Van Dal’s changes paid off, and Souths claimed back the lead with an unstoppable 12–3 third quarter. Wests hit back with eight more goals in the last stanza, but the Lions were able to add 10 more, and see out their 37–26 win.

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The Lions have enjoyed a perfect start to their 2020 so far, and their three-from-three efforts puts them atop the Club Championship standings. The top-grade’s nine points have been combined with Opens (9) and 23s (6) for 24 points.

Souths broke away from their grand final rivals in the second half of their Round 4 meeting.

Also in the Newcastle Netball fourth round, Junction fought bravely in a 54–27 loss to UON, who capitalised on a 17-point half-time lead to close out their third consecutive win of their 2020 campaign.

It was all smiles for Inner Glow too, as they closed out a nail-biting comeback over Kotara South to clinch their first win of the year, 33–32. The Tigers led the first three quarters, with a lopsided 9–2 led at the first break giving them the edge.

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Inner Glow was able to rally late, however, with a string of 11–10, 12–5, 10–8 quarter scores getting them over the line in the final minutes of the Round 4 clash.

The slick Nova Thunder rounded out the Championship teams in the winner’s circle on the weekend. The ladies in light green edged out their Round 4 rivals BNC with a rapid-fire 51 point showing. Whanau clocked up just 32 goals in the loss.

CLUB STANDINGS: Souths, Nova (24), University (23), West Leagues (19), Inner Glow, BNC (13), Kotara (9), Junction (7).