The addition of Aneeka Marcozzi has helped Hunter United score the second win of their Metro League division one title defence.
Hunter defeated Northern Suburbs 45-42 on Thursday night to go to two wins in five games with their new-look squad.
It was boost after the loss of new shooter Sally Jenkins, who has succumbed to glandular fever, for the season and the absence of Angela Williams with a foot problem.
Hunter called on Marcozzi, who plays with Forsythes in the Newcastle open championship, for the match and she played the second half at centre.
Hunter trailed by one goal at each change but finished strongly for the victory.
“We’ve played everyone in the top four now,” coach Traci Baber said. “There’s not much wriggle room there, but we’ve definitely played the top half now, so hopefully we can go on from here.”
Marcozzi was in NSW mixed indoor side recently and played division four with Central Coast in the Metro League last year.
On Saturday, the Baber-coached Forsythes take on winless Souths Pride in round four of the Newcastle championship at National Park from 2.30pm.
Forsythes have only one win from the first three games and Baber expected another challenge against Pride.
“They haven’t won a game yet but they’ve been doing well, only losing to small amounts, so it will be a tough one,” Baber said.
Also at 2.30pm, Souths Lions play Nova Thunder. West Leagues Balance No.1 and No.2 meet for the first time and Maryville Tavern take on BNC from 3.45pm.