The state's top three sides sit level on points and separated by just percentage midway through a blockbuster weekend of netball at the Silverdome.
With second-placed Arrows defeating leaders Cavaliers while third-placed Northern Hawks picked up a routine win over Karana, all three sides sit on 13 wins and 26 points.
Percentage has Arrows in front and while Northern Hawks sit second they face the leaders on Sunday morning and have one fewer fixture remaining.
All three are seeking a top-two finish to claim the precious second chance come finals.
Missing goal shooting ace Mel Philpott and losing Shelby Miller to a back injury, Cavaliers stayed in touch to half-time before going down 63-41.
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Coach Dan Roden said Jamie Easther did a good job in her first game back from a long-term knee injury but his team did not make the most of its opportunities.
"We made a few errors while they were more patient, moved the ball around well and made better decisions," he said.
"It's getting tight and with top spot on the line it will certainly go down to the wire."
Northern Hawks made a strong start, and with wing attack Zoe Claridge sparking turnovers led 17-10 at the first break.
Goalies Gemma Poke and Jamie Symons kept the shooters covered and with Tessa and Lydia Coote introduced at goal defence and centre respectively at the main break, Hawks extended their lead to 57-30 at the final change.
Danni Pickett came on at wing attack and with Ashlea Mawer rewarding her teammates' hard work with a goal, Hawks completed a strong team performance to win 80-43.
The results set up a mouth-watering Sunday double bill in which both teams will again play simultaneously on neighbouring Silverdome courts.
Hawks and Arrows will be fighting for top spot while Cavaliers know a win against Karana will put them second.
Both games begin at 11.10am.
In Sunday's other game, Devon host Kingston at 2.10pm.
11.10am Northern Hawks v Friends Arrows, Silverdome
11.10am Cavaliers v Karana Flames, Silverdome
2.10pm Devon v Kingston Blues, St Brendan Shaw
TNL top 3:
- TEAM P W L Pts
- Arrows 15 13 2 26
- N Hawks 15 13 3 26
- Cavaliers 15 13 2 26
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