Game One – Fury v Fusion
The Victorian Fury booked their spot in the Finals Series next weekend in Melbourne with a dominant 64-47 over Queensland Fusion.
Fusion opened the scoring and went out to a 10-2 lead in the first term, however the class of the Victorian side came through as they fought back to go into the first break 13-12.
Shooters Alice Teague-Neeld and Stepahanie Puolpolo were on fire in the second term and worked hard to extend the home sides advantage at the main break.
With defender Jo Weston hitting some top form alongside Amy Steel and Shannon Eagland, Fury were measured and methodical in their approach to the remainder of the match, closing down space and effective with their transition down court.
Fury finish the season undefeated with 21 wins a row to their name, now the focus turns to next Saturday night (5pm- Waverley Netball Centre) when they will take on the NSW Waratahs in a grand final rematch of 2013.
Game Two – Flames v Waratahs
The Victorian Flames fought gallantly against a determined NSW Waratahs outfit but could not overcome last year’s grand finalists with the visitors running away eventual winners 60-42.
The Flames matched the Waratahs early on in the first quarter with Chloe Watson and Holly Ann Hood holding up the NSW teams second phase in attack to keep the scores close 13-10 at the first break.
Waratahs made their move in the second quarter, pushing out their lead by nine goals through shooters Kristina Brice (50/54) and Amy Sommerville (7/8).
Flames made changes to their line-up but were unable to combat the smarter movements of their more experienced counterparts who broke the game apart to lead 46-27 at the final break.
The Waratahs midcourters Emily Keenan, Kaitlyn Bryce and Maddie Hay controlled the tempo for much of the match and were poised in the front line for the visitors.
Flames goal attack Gabrielle Sinclair worked hard to lift her sides work rate but Flames struggled to capitalise on the turnovers they were able to generate in defence.
Waratahs will return to Melbourne next weekend to tackle the undefeated Victorian Fury in the 2014 ANL Finals Series taking place at Waverley Netball Centre.
Cook 15/17 @88%
Sinclair 16/18 @89%
Northey 11/15 @73%
Brice 50/54 @93%
Tallent 3/3 @100%
Sommerville 7/8 @88%
Puolpolo 25/27 @93%
Teague-Neeld 18/20 @90%
Hoare 18/21 @86%
Gannon 3/5 @60%