SOUTHS overcame tough conditions to record a 3-1 win over Olympians and keep their finals hopes alive.
Maddy Lewin and Tayla King converted short corners early in the game to give Souths a 2-0 lead.
However, the lead was short lived as Olympians scored a great team goal to bring the game back to just one goal.
From there both sides failed to capitalise on their opportunities until Amber Witney found the back of the net with only a few minutes remaining to hand Souths the win.
Souths coach Hayden Lewin said he was proud of the way his side adapted to the tough conditions
"The game was played in terrible conditions," Lewin told the Leader.
"The high wind made it very cold on the field and also made it difficult to properly water the surface, which impacted on the ability of players to fully show off their skills.
"Both midfields tried hard to control possession but it was not easy for either side.
"The edges of the field were very dry which forced the play up the middle and as a result play was fairly congested for most of the match."
With the make up of the women's finals race far from certain, Lewin said the victory was a vital one for his side.
"Both teams were desperate for a win as the fight for fourth spot on the women's ladder is now tight between Olympians, Tudors and Souths," he said.
"All three teams are chasing Services, Flames and Waratahs, who are a fair way ahead, so winning this game was really important."
Lewin said his side would now look to build momentum coming into the final games of the regular season.
"I thought our decision making inside the attacking circle when we got there could have been a lot better on Sunday," he said.
"We will look to improve on that next week in a crucial clash against Tudors."