Magpies 1 kept their slim finals hopes alive after withstanding a late challenge from Grammar 1 to register a thrilling win in the Albany Netball Association A1 competition on Saturday. Without a win from their first six games, Magpies desperately hung on in the dying stages as defenders Rennae Young and Jane Glass held firm. Magpies led by three goals at three-quarter-time but Grammar had the better of the final term as their shooting combination of Amie Reid and Jessica Leamon netted nine goals. Grammar outscored Magpies nine goals to eight but they fell short by two goals in the end. With Kylie Spencer working hard in centre court and well supported by wing attack Thailia Forrest, Magpies set up their maiden win of the season in the second term. Magpies led by a single goal at quarter-time before their 10-goal to seven second-period proved decisive as Brittany Finigan and Maggie Hardman were on target in the goal circle to help their side open up a four-goal half-time buffer. Casey Griffiths was impressive for Grammar in midcourt as her side won the third and fourth quarters respectively but went down 31-33. Royals Saints 1 maintained their perfect record, as they skipped clear of a persistent Narrikup 1 outfit in the second half. Narrikup started strongly and led by four goals at the first break before the reigning premiers took control from that point on. Royals Saints had regained the lead by two goals at half-time and then scored 30 goals in the last half to coast to a 51-37 victory. The result leaves Royals Saints one game clear on top of the ladder with three rounds remaining. Railways 1 all but guaranteed a top-two finish after also finishing powerfully over Kangas 1 in the other round seven fixture on Saturday. In an impressive defensive effort Railways held Kangas to under eight goals in every quarter and scored heavily in the third and fourth periods to win 41-21.