Facing Sunbury Kangaroos, who were looking for their first win of the season, it was the second quarter that proved the difference and the Hawks opened up a 30-20 lead at half-time.
Both teams scored four goals each in the third quarter before the game came to an abrupt end when Kangaroos’ Ashlee Vaughan hurt her achilles. Vaughan could not be moved from the court while waiting for an ambulance.
The Hawks were eventually declared the winners. Madeline Staresina was their best, scoring 24 goals. For the Kangaroos, centre Jaclyn Micallef was named their best.
Ladder positions didn’t change for the top six despite four of those teams playing each other.
Diggers Rest pushed ladder-leaders Macedon, but the Cats were too strong winning 38-32.
Lancefield sealed third spot with a strong win against finals-bound Melton Centrals, 53-39.
Second-placed Romsey was tested by a young Riddell side, but the Redbacks’ experience showed through and they won 45-41.
Kendra Vann, playing up from B-grade, was the Redbacks’ best for a second week.
In the other match, Rupertswood fired after a slow first half to beat Rockbank 48-31.
Macedon and Romsey, which finished equal on points, will now face-off in the qualifying final at Romsey Park on Saturday.
Third-placed Lancefield takes on Diggers Rest in an elimination final at Romsey Park on Sunday, while Rupertswood and Melton Centrals play each other in the other elimination final at Clarke Oval on Sunday.