The Southern Steel, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, and Northern Stars all posted wins in the latest round of 'Super Sunday' netball games in Invercargill.
The Northern Mystics gave the Steel an early fright when they shot out to an 8-1 lead before the Steel regathered.
In the end it was a convincing 66-46 win which cemented the Steel's position at the top of the ANZ premiership ladder.
Shooting returns proved the difference when the Northern Stars clinched a hard-fought 49-45 win over the Mainland Tactix.
The Tactix still sit at the bottom of the table but showed plenty of fight last night, after a tumultuous week in which coach Sue Hawkins stepped down.
They picked up their first point of the season, courtesy of coming within five goals of the Stars.
Northern Stars defender Kayla Cullen was sent off court for two minutes for persistent offending, the first suspension at this level in New Zealand after new disciplinary procedures were introduced last year.
In the opening game on Sunday, the Central Pulse were looking for redemption after losing by two goals in the first clash with the Magic in Round 2.
But for the second time this season the Magic just pipped the Pulse 50-49 in an intense and torrid match.