Narrabri Netball Association’s 2022 season is nearing the business end with just five rounds remaining ahead of finals following round nine games at Narrabri’s Bev Burrows Courts on Saturday.

Fever finally returned to the court for its first match since Saturday, June 4, following two forfeit wins and a bye as well as the mid-season holiday break, and it secured a dominant win to move three points clear at the top of the ladder.

The ladder leaders outscored the Pharmacy Flamingoes 47-22 to move to 14 points following seven wins and a forfeit loss in 2022.

The Wee Waa Flames went into round nine in second place, just two points behind Fever, but lost 50-31 against the Tourist Tornadoes to drop to fourth.

Not Fast But Furious is now second on 11 points after it downed Golfie Grubs 36-22, while the Tornadoes are now third, also on 11 points.

The Flames remained on 10 points following their loss and are still two wins clear of fifth-placed Pharmacy Flamingos.

The B-grade competition games were all won by top four teams in round nine on Saturday as the gap between them and the bottom four widened.

All Nets remained first with a 37-14 victory against last-placed side Wilga Warriors. The win was All Nets’ eighth in nine matches as they moved to 16 competition points.

Just two points back are The Goats following their 36-14 win against fifth-placed Win Diesel in round nine.

The other two games were won by Pretty Poison, which beat Win Or Booze 43-26, and Blue Rebels, which downed Hot Shots 44-8.

The results of those two games saw Pretty Poison retain its third-placed position and Blue Rebels remain in fourth.

The under-11/12 competition’s top-ranked side was also victorious on Saturday in round nine as the Namoi Cotton Thunderbirds earned their seventh win of the season. They downed fourth-placed side Lightning 28-8 to move three points clear at the top.

Magpies entered the weekend in second place, just a point behind the Thunderbirds, but are now third after being edged out by C and W Firebirds. The Firebirds’ 9-8 victory saw them finish the round in second as they joined Magpies on 11 points.

The other match was won by Giants, which outscored Swifts 15-2.

There were three more games played in the under-9/10 competition on Saturday.

Valley Vixens extended their run at the top of the table after winning 10-1 against The Diamonds and 2-1 against The Roses.

The first game of the day saw The Roses beat The Diamonds 5-2.

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