The final round of the ANZ Championship did not fail to keep fans on their edge of their seats, with the top three spots in the Australian Conference confirmed.
Reigning Premiers the Queensland Firebirds earned top position after an emphatic 11-goal win over the West Coast Fever. Along with the win, the Firebirds also won the right to host the Australian Conference Final in two weeks time, securing a week off. Diamonds mid-courter Kim Ravaillion starred, earning the match MVP for her dominant performance.
It was a different story for the West Coast Fever however, with the loss putting them in a tough position to contest third position and a chance to make their second finals appearance. Their fate rested in the hands of the Melbourne Vixens, with the result of their clash with Central Pulse the decider of who would play finals.
The Vixens didn’t miss a beat without star shooter Karyn Bailey and recorded a 13-goal win in Wellington, securing third position on the ladder and a spot in the Conference Elimination Final. Emma Ryde, in her debut season, starred with 52 goals from 56 attempts.
The Vixens will now travel to Sydney this weekend to face the NSW Swifts who finished second on the Australian Conference ladder after nothing could separate them and the Southern Steel, drawing 59-all.
It was a vintage performance from the NSW Swifts shooting circle, with Caitlin Thwaites and Susan Pettitt sharing the shooting load, Thwaites netting 29 goals and Pettitt 30.
For the Adelaide Thunderbirds, pride was on the line; and they almost finished their season on a high, narrowly defeated by WBOP Magic by one goal in Hamilton, New Zealand.
It was a dominant first quarter from the Thunderbirds, taking an eight-goal lead at the first break. The home team pushed hard in the second half however and chased the Thunderbirds’ lead to take the win.
The Australian Conference Elimination Final will be held this Sunday July 10 at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.