North Albany strengthened their chances of claiming the minor premiership in the Lower Great Southern Hockey Association women’s A-grade competition with their sixth win of the season on Saturday. Redbacks moved five points clear on top after a two-goal win over Manypeaks in round 11. With five rounds left in the regular season the reigning premiers tightened their grip on top spot after second placed Spencer Park went down last week. Redbacks set up the 3-1 victory in the first half as Kylee Ferrell and Beck Gallimore found the back of the net while Lauren Spinks netted Redbacks’ third goal. Ferrell converted a field goal opportunity in the second term to open the scoring before Gallimore netted Redbacks’ second soon after from a penalty corner. Spinks put Redbacks further ahead through a field goal to start the third term. Renae Parsons came on to the turf in the second half and pegged one back for Peaks from a fourth quarter penalty corner but it was in vain. Cate McDonald was impressive in the win while Parsons and Emma Pyle played well in a losing affair. Mt Barker jumped to second spot on the ladder after beating Spencer Park 2-1 last Wednesday. Laura Archer and Amy Sandilands scored in Mt Barker’s third win of the season, while Georgina Lilford scored for Park. Nekesha Fish and Archer were vital in the win as their side closes in on a top-two spot. Park youngster Molly Hudson was taken to hospital with a head injury, with the match called off before time after the nasty incident. Yet another hat-trick from star Mitch Bradbury guided Manypeaks to their eighth win of the men’s A-grade season. Bradbury netted three goals in a brilliant display while Craig Gambrell also found the back of the net in the 4-0 win over North Albany. Tim Metcalfe was influential for the winners while Travis Douglas battled hard for Redbacks in their seventh loss of the season. In the other men’s fixture, Spencer Park proved too strong for Vikings winning 3-1. Andre Gabriel, Darren Parkes and Liam Wesson all scored in the win while Brock Keymer and James Leiper were also vital in their seventh win. Andrew Hannig netted Vikings’ sole goal and was among their best.