MANGOPLAH-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes maintained their Wagga Netball unbeaten record by the skin of their teeth after drawing with Charles Sturt University in the battle of the football league heavyweights on Wednesday.
The 47-all stalemate ended a run of six straight wins to start the Goannas' premiership defence, while for the Bushsows it was a strong response from a last-start loss to New Kids Aces.
MCUE led by five goals at three-quarter time and the loss of wing defence Zoe Schipp to a leg injury forced the Goannas to withstand a late flurry from one of the Farrer League's perennial pacesetters.
"We had to play the rest of the game with only six," Goannas coach Marie Hope said.
"It was still a very high level game and we probably wasted some opportunities, but that's a credit to CSU's pressure as well.
"The year before last we had practice matches against them and they always bring a high brand of netball, very quick moving and they have hard hustling defenders.
"They maintained that high level for the whole game and it was a very competitive match."
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In other matches Nixons continued their winning streak with a 47-39 victory against Shooting Stars, Aces beat Attack in the New Kids showdown 51-44, while Turvey Park accounted for Uranquinty 61-46.
The competition will go on a general bye next week, before CSU takes on Turvey Park the round the following week in a round which also features MCUE against the in-form Nixons.
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