Impact wing attack Ella Ross looks for a pass against Job Done on Saturday afternoon. Image via Kerrie Brady.

Impact have kept control of second place in Charletown’s top grade, edging fellow finals contenders Job Done 45-41 in a battle of “beautiful netball.”

Job Done came into the clash just two points behind the United team, and more than capable of leapfrogging them on the ladder with a victory. Impact coach Mandy Phelps-Ross said she’d kept that in the back of her mind heading into the Sunday fixture, and had called on the girls to “step up” in one of the toughest games of their season so far.

They answered the call, claiming the four-goal win over their table rivals to make sure they now sit four points clear in second. It would take a particularly bad two-game loss streak to make sure the side tumbled out of the top two, for now.

“My girls all stepped up, they handled what we knew was going to be a really tough game well,” Phelps-Ross said. “Every week I can see my girls growing into the games, and thinking more and more on the court. Being in the top division is just increasing their skills and talents every week and it’s great to see.”

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Phelps-Ross said because the side had made the move to A Grade, there were worries the team may have struggled in big games. After moving to a 5-1 record over the opening two months of the league, it’s clear those worries may have been unfounded.

“Everyone is doing so well with the competition, my team is full of competitive girls, that also love playing alongside each other,” she said. “Between every quarter you can just see them chatting and laughing, and they bring that into the games as well.

“Everyone in the team works so far for each other because of that, and they’re just a beautiful team that plays beautiful netball. It’s a joy to watch.”

Also on Saturday afternoon, Central Leagues bowled over Misfits 52-35 to keep two points clear at the top, while Purnells moved level with Job Done in the standings following a 51-35 win against United Illusion. Watters had the bye.

STANDINGS: Central (21), Impact (19), Purnells, Job Done (15), Watters (14), Illusion (11), Misfits (9).