Forsythes shooter Erin Asquith and Nova keeper Georgia McVey battle for space under the ball in the final quarter of the first vs second match. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

Forsythes Business Advisors have kept hold of first place with an undefeated 4-0 record, after defeating Nova Queens Wharf Thunder 45-29 in the battle between first and second on Saturday afternoon.

Nova kept close for most of the match, however, with the two top sides neck-and-neck at 11-9 after the first quarter. Forsythes slowly accrued an advantage ahead of the half, and claimed a five-goal lead.

Nova were able to keep pace in the third, losing the quarter just 9-6, before Forsythes stamped their authority of the game in the last. Leading 31-23 ahead of the fourth quarter, the league leaders bounced out to a 16-goal margin to close out the game.

 Despite coming into the game without a loss in 2019, or perhaps because of it, Forsythes wing defence Angela Williams said her side was “pretty nervous” heading into the first-second matchup on Saturday afternoon. After off-season moves for both clubs saw them change their look in the Championship, Williams and the rest of her side knew it was anyone’s game.

Madeline Melvelle and Rian Hodges rise to contest a ball on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Isaac McIntyre

“We were pretty nervous coming into the game because we have been undefeated, and they were in second, so we knew it was going to be a tough game,” she said after the 45-29 win. “We all thought it was going to be quite exciting, they have a bit of a new-look team, and yeah it was all good.”

Williams believes the four-game winning streak that Forsythes have edged out to thus far in the season is down to one key thing – communcation. According to the team’s defender, it’s a factor that could see the ladies in blue make a deep run towards the Championship trophy this year.

“We’ve always struggled with teamwork and communication on the court,” she said. “This year has been heaps better for our communication, on and off the court, and in every area.

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“Everyone’s been working together, and getting to know how each other players better than in previous years. We’ve had a few runs in the grand final, and we’ve been in the semi-finals the past two years, and just missed out on that final.

“We’re hoping that 2019 will be our year, fingers crossed.”

Also on Saturday afternoon, Souths bounced back with a 56-21 win over Maryville Tavern to move into second place, while BNC Whanau defeated West 2 46-24.

West Leagues Balance 1 scored their third win of 2019 to move them into third place with a 3-1 record, ousting Junction Hotel 49-33 despite missing Premier League stars Maddie Taylor and Sophie Buckley due to NSW preseason commitments.

STANDINGS: Forsythes (16), Souths, West 1 (14), Nova, BNC (12), Maryville, Junction (10), West 2 (8).