Reigning premiers North Albany moved three points on top of the Lower Great Southern Hockey Association women’s standings after victory over Manypeaks in round eight on Saturday. It proved to be the only A-grade game played at the weekend after Spencer Park forfeited their clash with Mt Barker on Sunday and the men’s A-grade competition had a bye due to the country championships in Perth. Redbacks and Peaks both had their chances in the first quarter but neither could break the deadlock. The game was a fairly even affair as both won possession in the midfield but lacked the finish up front. However, a Jessica Kendall strike would be all that separated the pair in the end, as Redbacks emerged 1-0 winners. Redbacks won a penalty corner and Kendall slotted the ball into the back of the net as her side won a fifth game of the 2022 season. Senior duo Michelle Ericsson and Danielle Howson were terrific for the winners, both controlling the play for large parts. Youngster Javana Hounsfield was also influential as the result pushed Redbacks a game clear of Park on top of the ladder. Peaks were best served by Jemma Sayers, Emma Tomkinson and Laura Cinanni but they could not find an equaliser late in the game and slumped to a fifth loss of the season. The clash between Mt Barker and Park was a forfeit, with Park unable to field a team due to COVID and absentees. The two sides received one point each. In round nine of the women’s A-grade competition this Saturday, Park and Redbacks face off in a top of the table clash at noon while Mt Barker and Peaks meet at 6pm. Action will resume in the men’s A-grade competition as Vikings do battle with Park at 3pm and at 4.30pm it will be Redbacks tackling Peaks.