PREMIERS Hamilton moved to the top of the table after a controversial 20-18 win over the previously unbeaten Wanderers at Passmore Oval on Saturday.
In other games, Lake Macquarie overpowered Maitland 39-24 at Walters Park, Nelson Bay scored 14 unanswered points to beat The Waratahs 14-7, University came from 8-0 down to overrun Singleton 45-8 at Bernie Callan Oval and Southern Beaches won a slufest with Merewether 26-15 at Calland Field.
Macquarie Scorpions bounced back to form with 22-16 win over Central at Lyall Peacock Field. The Scorpions suffered their first lost at home in nearly two years to the Butcher Boys in a catch-up game a week ago, but were back to winning ways on Saturday.
In the other match, Lakes United came back from 16-16 down at half time to storm past Kurri Kurri 32-22 at Kurri Sportsground.
On Sunday, South Newcastle host Cessnock and Western Suburbs are at home to Maitland.
NNSW NPL SOCCER
Former Jets youth striker was a surprise inclusion and scored the final goal as Lambton Jaffas powered past Weston 5-0 at Eden Oval.
In the other game former Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory Midfielder made his debut for Broadmeadow Magic in a 3-1 win over Valentine at Cahill Oval.
On Sunday, Edgeworth take on Adamstown Rosebud at Adamstown Oval, Lake Macquarie host Charlestown and Maitland welcome the Jets Youth to Cooks Square Park.
BLACK DIAMOND AFL
Terrigal Avoca remain undefeated after a 11.15-81 to 4.3-24 win over Warners Bay at Feighan Oval.
Cardiff came from behind to pip Killarney Vale 14.7-91 to 12.8-80 at Adelaide Street.
Newcastle City went on a goal-kicking spree in a 23.18-156 to 5.12-42 thrashing of Nelson Bay at Burwell Oval.
In the Greater Open Championships BNC Whanau accounted for Souths Lions 44-42, Forsythes accounted for Junction Stella 54-42, Wests Leagues (1) thrashed Maryville Tavern 61-15 and Nova Thunder edged out South Pride 47-41