Trans-Tasman challenges beckon

It all comes down to the last two rounds of the regular ANZ Championship season, with Australian Conference standings still undecided.

Currently the NSW Swifts sit atop the ladder, their victory last weekend over the Adelaide Thunderbirds putting them ahead of the Queensland Firebirds, who sit in second position by goal percentage.

The results from the next two matches will decide who will earn the right to host the Australian Conference Final.

This weekend both the Swifts and Firebirds have travelled to New Zealand to take on the Mystics and Magic respectively.

The Swifts welcome back captain Kimberlee Green who has missed the last three games through a niggling knee injury. With a number of international representatives in each team, prepare to see some tantalising match-ups we’re used to seeing on the international stage.

The Firebirds return from their bye round and will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing loss against the Southern Steel two weeks ago. They will be hoping star defensive duo Laura Geitz and Clare McMeniman will return to the court this weekend.

The Vixens are also in New Zealand, and will be looking to keep their finals chances alive with a win over the Southern Steel. The task at hand is no easy feat, Steel the only team to remain undefeated throughout the season and have locked in top spot on the New Zealand Conference ladder.

Back on Australian soil, the Adelaide Thunderbirds will host the Mainland Tactix in their final home game for the season. They will also farewell two stalwarts of the club, shooter Carla Borrego and foundation ANZ Championship player Emily Beaton. Should Beaton take to court this weekend, it will be her 100th game for the club.

The Fever will be seeking redemption from their crucial loss last round at the hands of the Melbourne Vixens. They now sit one game out of the top three on the Australian Conference ladder and may need to win both remaining games with a convincing percentage to contest their second finals series.