St Pat's has hit the lead in the women's capital league with a win over ANU in a high-quality battle between the undefeated clubs at the National Hockey Centre yesterday.

The game was a see-saw battle with several shifts in momentum. It was St Pat's which opened the scoring in the third minute, by half-time it led 2-0, then scored again early in the second half to take command of the game.

ANU showed its top-of-the-table form to fight back, with Steph Hunt, Rachel Barnsley and Lou Robinson each slotting a goal home to leave the game well and truly in the balance at 3-3 and set up an exciting finish.

But it was St Pat's which got the better of the students, swinging the momentum back its way again, scoring twice in the last 10 minutes to register a 5-3 win.

Naomi Evans led the way for St Pat's with a double, with Emma Taylor, Kelsey Davis and Laura Gray the other goal scorers.

In other games, United had a 1-0 win over North Canberra and the Tuggeranong Vikings were given a good lesson on where they need to improve by Old Canberrans, who beat the young side 5-0.

It was the same scoreline for Central over bottom-of-the-ladder Wests Valleys, in what was a closer game than the score reflected.

Central was up 1-0 with 15 minutes to play, but a lack of fitness from Wests was to blame for the game opening up, with Central piling on four late goals for the victory.