UNBEATEN Howlong overcame one of its toughest tests of the season to edge out Culcairn 41-37 at Culcairn on Saturday.
Although the Lions are sitting outside the top-six, they threw everything at their opponents before falling just short.
It was Howlong's eighth straight win.
Rand-Walbundrie-Walla overcame the absence of two shooters to defeat Osborne 32-31.
Despite going into the clash without Lisa Tobin and Amanda McCall, the Giants rallied late to consolidate their position in the top four.
Billabong Crows proved too strong for Jindera, winning 42-34.
Brock-Burrum defeated CDHBU 51-34, Lockhart accounted for Henty 47-29 and Holbrook beat Murray Magpies 50-44.
The ladder is: Howlong 32, Billabong Crows 28, RWW 24, Jindera 20, Brock-Burrum 20, Holbrook 16, Osborne 14, Lockhart 12, Culcairn 10, Murray Magpies 8, Henty 8, CDHBU 0.