The inaugural ANZ Championship Conference Finals begins this weekend, with the West Coast Fever, NSW Swifts and Queensland Firebirds featuring in the first weekend of finals action in Australia.
Fourteen of the Australian Diamonds squad will be in action over the weekend as they continue to try and impress selectors ahead of the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 team is chosen on June 24.
Fever will make history tonight in their first ever finals campaign, taking on the Swifts at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre in the Australian Conference Elimination Final.
Fever entered 2015 looking like a completely different unit, coached by their captain Stacey Rosman and led on-court by the inspiring skipper Ashleigh Brazill.
Vast improvement this season saw the Fever hold the Challenge Trophy and remain undefeated for nine rounds, setting themselves up as a genuine contenders for the Championship title in 2015.
The Swifts had an unexpected slow start to the year considering their star-studded line-up on paper, but started to fire on all cylinders at the right time of the season.
The Swifts finished second on the Australian Conference ladder and earned their right to host the Australian Conference Elimination Final.
Having not won an ANZ Championship final since their Championship title in 2008, the Swifts will be looking to take their finals campaign further this season.
We watched intently as these two teams faced each other last week, the Swifts getting the results with a win over the Fever by seven goals in a tightly-contested game that could have gone either way.
Previous to this encounter, the Fever and Swifts faced each other in Round 4, with the result after 60 minutes of high-intensity play a 59-all draw.
One things for certain, there are some incredible match-ups that will have Diamonds fans chomping at the bit, and none better than the Caitlin Bassett (Fever) and Sharni Layton (Swifts) contest in the goal circle.
Both coming off arguably career-best seasons, Caitlin Bassett has 563 goals to her name, and Sharni Layton is topping the league for intercepts (38) and deflections (79).
After returning to ANZ Championship netball from niggling injuries, Brazill has impressed with her determination and consistently notable performances.
Her versatility through the midcourt has been beneficial to the Fever, allowing them to interchange her with Diamonds squad invitee Shae Brown between centre and wing defence.
It’s all or nothing when the Swifts and Fever face each other, the winner heading to Brisbane to play the Firebirds for the Conference Final and for the other it will be season over.
The Firebirds earned the right to host the Conference Final in Brisbane after finishing first on the Australian Conference ladder.
Whether they host the Fever or the Swifts, we can guarantee it will be a tough battle to win the right to host the ANZ Championship Semi-Final next week.
The Swifts host the Fever in the Australian Conference Elimination Final at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on Friday, June 5 at 7.18pm, local time. Watch all the action live on FOX Sports 1. Click here for tickets. The game will also be shown in Australia on ONE at a delayed time of 8.30am on Saturday morning.
The Firebirds will host the winner of the Australian Conference Elimination Final at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Sunday, June 7 at 12.18pm, local time. Click here to find out how to secure tickets for this history-making clash. Catch all the action live on ONE and FOX Sports 1.