Tatyoon has dropped down the ladder after its first loss of the season by one goal in a thrilling contest against Woorndoo-Mortlake on Saturday.
The two teams went into the round five match at Tatyoon unbeaten in 2018.
Both teams came out firing but had nervous starts in the goal ring, each managing only ten goals from almost double that many attempts in the first quarter.
The Hawks stepped it up a notch in the second term, creating more scoring opportunities with several turnovers and then converting well with goalers attack Alex Antonio and Maggie Astbury missing only three shots between them.
Tatoon goal keeper Zoe Astbury also played an important role, holding Tigers shooter Sarah Cameron to three goals.
The pay-off was a six-goal lead to the Hawks at half-time with the team firmly in control.
The visitors fought back in the third quarter, putting on 15 goals to eight to win the term by seven and head in to the final quarter a goal ahead in what promised to be a pressure-filled end to the game between the two teams.
Tigers centre Emma Smith edged slightly ahead of her opponent Jacqui Mcdougall, and Jessica Cameron was important in her role as goal attack for Woorndoo-Mortlake to get the away team back into the match.
The final quarter had the crowd on their feet as the two sides went goal for goal, each scoring 11 from 14 attempts in a fantastic display of handling pressure.
The Tigers were able to hang onto their three-quarter time lead to take the points with a 43-42 scoreline.
Antonio top-scored for the home team, netting 25 goals from 37 attempts to be named the Hawks’ best on court alongside Zoe Astbury.
Jess Cameron led the way for Woorndoo-Mortlake, finishing the game with 24 goals to claim the Tigers’ best on court honours alongside Smith.
The Hawks went into the match in top spot but now site in third at 4-1.