Champions Mount Lawley won their table-topping clash against Royal Perth to move within touching distance of reaching the Women’s Division One Pennant final.
The champions moved two points clear of the chasing pack with the 5-2 success at Royal Fremantle Golf Club.
Royal Perth will now require results elsewhere to go their way if they are to reach the June 25 decider after Lake Karrinyup pulled level with them on six points following their 4-3 win over WA Golf Club.
Lake Karrinyup got back to winning ways, after falling to Royal Fremantle 4-3 in the previous round, to leave the race for a place in final intriguingly poised.
Mount Lawley can confirm their place next week – in their final match of the round-robin season – but face a tough task against Royal Fremantle who have already shown they can beat the best and will know defeat will end their final hopes.
Jenny Shanks, Christine Rebolledo and Eve Cohen started the ball rolling in the opening matches before Alison Coffey and Kirsten Rudgeley claimed 6&4 wins to seal the points.
Lake Karrinyup have a game in hand over the top two and will return to the final, after losing to Mount Lawley last season, if they win their final two matches against Cottesloe and Mandurah.
They were pushed all the way by WA Golf Club – who have now seen three of their four matches decided by a 4-3 scoreline – as Cath Witherow, Georgia Garner-Dart, Robyn Lamb and Hannah Thompson claimed the winning points.
Cottesloe kept alive their outside hopes of reaching the final with a 5-2 win over Mandurah.
Lisa Taylor, Janice Gaudet, Anne Tregonning, Sarah Pickstock and Karla Marzec all picked up wins as Cottesloe bounced back from a 7-0 defeat to Mount Lawley the previous weekend.
Wanneroo moved clear at the top of the Division Two ladder thanks to a 5-2 win over second-placed Melville Glades at The Vines.
Wanneroo have a perfect record after four matches to be two points ahead of Melville Glades and Lake Karrinyup, who defeated Royal Fremantle 6-1.
Lake Karrinyup meet Melville Glades in the final round, at Mount Lawley on June 19, in what looms as a potential decider to reach the final.
WA women’s captain Georgia Shears sealed Wanneroo’s latest win with a 3&1 win over WA Women’s Senior Amateur champion Janine Northrop.
Nedlands defeated Mount Lawley 4-3 after Cath Bellemore won her final pairing against Mardi Dungey 2up.
Gosnells condemned Royal Perth to their first loss in Division Three thanks to a 4-3 result at Melville Glades.
The result meant Gosnells’ bid to return to the final, after losing last year’s decider to Royal Fremantle, does not rest on results elsewhere as they have just one match left to play.
Ros Fisher, Jo Calvo, and Vanetha Lam claimed 4&2 wins while Kymberley Wilson triumphed 3&1.
Cottesloe sit two points behind the top two, but with a game in hand, after they were 5-2 winners over Lakelands.
Royal Perth and Gosnells meet winless Melville Glades in their final matches, while Cottesloe face the prospect of needing to beat WA Golf Club and Joondalup in their remaining two matches.
WA Golf Club were 5-2 winners over Joondalup on Monday to move up to fourth place.
In Division Four, WA Golf Club are the clear leaders with a perfect record from four matches after sweeping aside Mandurah 6-1.
Royal Perth are two points back, but have played a match more, after a 4.5-2.5 win over Mount Lawley while Cottesloe secured a noteable 5-2 win over third-placed Royal Fremantle.
Cottesloe had a remarkable four 1up wins in their victory, as Barb O’Dowd, Elizabeth Mouvaux, Jen Rawlinson and Anne Stroud all left it to the last minute to claim the spoils.
Division Five remains the tightest of all with the top-five separate by a single point.
WA Golf Club and Lake Karrinyup both had wins, over Joondalup (5-2) and Nedlands (4-3) respectively, to join Wanneroo at the top of the table on six points after the northern club shared the points with Royal Fremantle.
It was Royal Fremantle’s third drawn match from four games this season and while they sit fifth they are still unbeaten and in with a strong chance of claiming top place and the title with it.
Cottesloe made it three wins from three matches in Division Six following a 4-3 success against Nedlands at Mount Lawley.
Wanneroo edged the hosts 4-3 to remain two points adrift in second place while Sea View leapt above Nedlands into third place thanks to a 7-0 rout of Lakelands.
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