The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic have been beaten 54-44 by the New South Wales Swifts in their ANZ netball championship match in Sydney.
The first half was tight, but the Swifts moved away in the third quarter.
The Swifts move up to second and the Magic are third with one round remaining.
The top two in the standings have two lives in the play-offs.
Earlier the Melbourne Vixens strenghtened their place at the top of the table with a 64-43 win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds.
Tonight the Southern Steel play the Canterbury Tactix with both sides out of play-off contention.