Wagin held off a determined Pingelly outfit to emerge six-goal winners in round three of the Narrogin and Districts Netball Association A1 competition on Friday night. Pingelly and Wagin’s A1 fixtures have gained a reputation for being high-quality and intense contests and the first clash between the two teams lived up to expectations in an exhilarating, seesawing contest. Wagin’s Courtney Webb set the tone, providing most of the support in the goal shooter position as the early stages of the contest swung in Wagin’s favour. Pingelly fought back in the first term as attackers Rhea Turton and Alex Hodges persevered in the face of a fast-starting Wagin, but they trailed by five goals at the end of the first term. Wagin extended their advantage in the second term, sinking most of their opportunities. Wynta Kapene and Faith McNab shored up the defence, intercepting and rebounding several loose balls as Wagin peeled out to a 14-goal lead at half-time. A sickening knock to Wagin’s Webb early in the third term saw her sit out the remainder of he match, allowing Pingelly an avenue back into it as Wagin were visibly shaken throughout the quarter. Whitney Watkins was a standout for Pingelly, picking off loose balls and putting unrelenting pressure to the Wagin attacking line while attacker Chelsea Mulchay dominated the attack in the third. Pingelly continued to chip away at Wagin for the remainder of the second half but were left to rue their flat first half as Wagin held on to run out victorious, 45-39. Felice Pocock was masterful in attack for Wagin alongside star players Gaige Kapene, Watkins and Turton. In the other A1 fixture, Cuballing returned to the court following their absence in week two because of COVID protocols as they took on the winless Williams. The contest started in exciting fashion as mid-court Cuballing sensation Amelia Corasaniti showed dazzling precision and drive to feed her attackers early. Cuballing attackers Latoya Bolton and Regina Kickett made the most of all their opportunities by hitting most of their shots while gaining intercepts down the court, helping their side on the way to a dominant victory, 79-32. Williams’ Emma Liddlelow toiled hard and was named the best in the losing side. This week’s fixtures include the highly anticipated match up between Cuballing and Wagin on Saturday afternoon. Cuballing will be looking to remain undefeated while Wagin will be keen to reverse the previous meeting, which they lost by three goals.