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Reigning premiers Magpies take step towards finals berth with thrilling one-goal win in NAIDOC Round

Magpies 1 took a big step towards securing a finals berth, clinging on in a thrilling finish against Railways 1 in round 10 of the Albany Netball Association A1 competition on Saturday afternoon.

The defending premiers held a significant advantage at the last break but they had to survive a scare in the final quarter as Railways netted 14 goals to almost pinch an unlikely victory.

Magpies were outscored by six goals in the fourth but held on in the dying moments of the game to win by a single goal, the result lifting them to 12 points and more than two games clear of the fourth-placed Kangas 1.

The ANA celebrated NAIDOC Round on Saturday, the clubs coming together for a special ceremony and welcome to country from Vernice Gillies.

Several teams wore specially designed NAIDOC bibs in their games and netballs featuring Indigenous art were used in fixtures across the day.

Railways took a five-goal lead at the opening change after strong work from defensive duo Kiera Trevenen and Hayley Williamson, while centre Kimberley Williams gave plenty of drive.

The game changed dramatically in the second term however as Magpies midcourt of Amy Dominiak, Jasmine Butterworth and Jayde McHenry worked overtime to get their side back in the game.

Magpies forwards Brittany Finigan and Casey Greay combined for 17 goals in a clinical second stanza as their side took a three-goal buffer into half-time.

That lead was extended in the third as McHenry was swung to centre and her side added 12 goals while defensive pair Claire Warburton and Claire Holliday kept Railways to eight at the other end.

Railways trailed by seven goals at final change but Williams, along with forwards Jess Rintoul and Amy De Goumois, gave their side a chance.

Despite winning the fourth term 14 goals to eight, Railways fell to a fifth loss of the season after going down 44-45.

A dominant 21-goal second term guided Narrikup 1 to a commanding 65-33 triumph over Bethel 1 in their round 10 encounter.

Narrikup led at every change on their way to a sixth win of the season, the result keeping them one point clear in second on the ladder.

In the other fixture, Royals Saints 1 made it nine successive wins in the A1 competition after defeating Kangas by 16 goals.

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