NORTHERN Hawks moved to fourth on the TNL ladder with their two victories over Kingston and Karana.
The Hawks made a solid start in their game against Kingston with defenders Steffi Grenda and Zoe Gough giving a determined performance intercepting and tipping the ball at every opportunity. The turnovers created by Hawks gave them a nine-goal lead at the first break.
Danni Pickett found some good form in the circle and held her ground strongly near the post as Hawks improved their attacking play this week to lead 28-16 at half-time.
Northern Hawks were resilient in the third quarter fighting hard to keep possession of the ball and recover from their unforced errors.
Despite a persistent Kingston effort which saw it win the third term by seven goals, the home side held on to win 47-39, with Grenda named player of the match.
Against Karana yesterday, Northern Hawks were under pressure and had to lift their intensity on the goal third. They led at the first break 13-9 and returned to the court with a little more composure in the second quarter to build their lead through steady work in attack.
Hawks' goalies found more space to move and were shooting consistently but Karana turned up the heat in the third quarter and pressured Hawks in their attack through the court to win the quarter by a goal.
In the final five minutes Karana fought back to a two-goal margin but a last-minute tip and intercept helped the Hawks to find their feet and get the elusive goals they needed to win, 44-42.
Player of the match was Hawks goal attack Dearne Taylor.