One lousy goal — or a cracking one, depending on where your allegiances lie — is all that separated the two winners from the losers in round five of the Super 8 netball competition in Napier.

Outkast Optimise Physio edged out Hastings High School Old Girls' Proactive Huia 41-40 while Havelock North House of Travel Kauri pipped Napier Girls' High School Senior A 45-44 when the squeaks and squeals subsided during the elite Karamu Holden-sponsored Hawke's Bay competition at the Pettigrew-Green Arena on Friday night.

Looking from outside, it's safe to assume the victors will walk away counting their blessings