STAWELL - Tottenham has proved too tough in its round eleven clash with Liverpool in the Stawell Racquetball Association.
The team captained by David Kaczynski finished just one point the better of its opponents despite collecting a majority of the rubbers on offer.
A three game arm wrestle played out by Carl Barry and David Moloney was representative of the overall result. Tottenham's Barry finishing one point the better of Moloney.
Barry took an early advantage by claiming the first game 21-17, Moloney struck back in the second and streaked to a 21-15 win. Barry resurfaced in the third to claim the game (21-18) and the rubber.
A flawless performance from Tottenham sub Steph Walker in her contest with Sharyn Hateley meant Liverpool was still in the race for a win.
The end result decided by the slimmest of margins, Tottenham 3-6-186 defeated Liverpool 2-5-185.
Manchester United has made it two-from-two following its emphatic 4-1 rubber win over the better placed Chelsea.
Fifth grade Taki Haamid was the stand out performer with her win against Kathy McClintock.
Liam Farrell was also impressive, after he was almost pushed to a third game by sub Anna Sullivan, he held on to win 22-20 in the second.
The win has delivered Man United with a much needed boost up the ladder, it now sits just one point below seventh placed Everton which this week endured another loss, inflicted by Arsenal.
The second placed team collected a majority of the rubbers, games and points for a comfortable win.
Tiny Smith held off Aaron Dalziel in a third game decider, while Mandi Hancock and Daniel Gurney were also convincing winners for Arsenal.
In the final contest of the night Manchester City was victorious after another dominant display, this week against West Ham.
David Coe, Marcelo Sanchez and Roxane Moos have been consistent winners for the top placed team all season and this week was no different.
The trio collecting straight-game wins yet again to guarantee the team's 3-6-188 to 2-4-166 victory.
With just three rounds remaining before finals Man City and Arsenal have cemented themselves in first and second place respectively on the competition ladder.
Results (May 5):
WEST HAM 2-4-166 lost to MANCHESTER CITY 3-6-188
J Hosemans 1-2-42 def D Dowling 0-0-28; D Monaghan (sub) 0-0-31 lost to D Coe 1-2-42; L Farrell (sub) 1-2-43 def A Sullivan 0-0-34; D Gurney (sub) 0-0-21 lost to M Sanchez 1-2-42; J Bassett 0-0-29 lost to R Moos 1-2-42.
ARSENAL 3-7-212 def EVERTON 2-5-185
C Monaghan 0-0-24 lost to J Orr (sub) 1-2-42; B Wallace 0-1-44 lost to B Kimber 1-2-60; T Smith 1-2-60 def A Dalziel 0-1-44; M Hancock 1-2-42 def S Monaghan 0-0-24; D Gurney 1-2-42 def L Donovan 0-0-15.
CHELSEA 1-2-158 lost to MANCHESTER UNITED 4-8-193
J Orr 1-2-42 def C Monaghan (sub) 0-0-24; D Monaghan 0-0-31 lost to D Coe (sub) 1-2-42; A Sullivan (sub) 0-0-34 lost to L Farrell 1-2-43; D Moloney 0-0-26 lost to M Cahill (sub) 1-2-42; K McClintock 0-0-25 lost to T Haamid 1-2-42.
TOTTENHAM 3-6-186 def LIVERPOOL 2-5-185
D Kaczynski 1-2-42 def S Arnfield 0-0-19; C Barry 1-2-57 def D Moloney 0-1-56; T Ranton 0-0-34 lost to J McNeight 1-2-42; M Cahill 1-2-42 def D Moloney (sub) 0-0-26; S Hateley 0-0-11 lost to S Walker (sub) 1-2-42.
Ladder (After round 11): Manchester City 51 (points), 112.47 (%); Arsenal 47, 109.74; Tottenham 40, 102.96; West Ham 38, 100.53; Chelsea 38, 97.33; Liverpool 33, 96.28; Everton 31, 90.22; Manchester United 30, 92.31.