The Queensland Fusion is poised to finish top of the Australian Netball League (ANL) table at the end of the regular competition, as it heads to Melbourne to take on the two powerhouse Victorian teams this weekend.
In what is shaping as a finals showdown in the last round of the season, the Fusion will take on the Flames on Saturday night before backing up in a top-of-the-table clash against first placed Fury.
A double-header victory will see the Queenslanders wrest the major spot from the southerners.
Fusion Coach Kylee Byrne said she is confident her team can over come the powerhouse Victorian teams.
“This is a huge weekend for us and we want to consolidate a top two spot leading into finals,” Byrne said.
“Our aim is to get the four points and go into the finals knowing that we are peaking at the right end of the season.”
Coming off a bye weekend where a number of players, including three of the Fusion’s shooters- Beryl Friday, Cara Koenen and Steph Wood- starred in last night’s Queensland Championship Cup (QCC) grand final, Byrne said she was impressed with their performances.
“Since our last ANL matches the squad has put some impressive performances on court at training and through the QCC finals campaign,” Byrne said.
“Seeing players like Kerri Gordon and Beryl Friday step up last night in the grand final is a great sign of form leading into this weekend’s matches.”
“Every squad member is pushing for selection and court time, which is only raising the standard of our Fusion team,” Byrne said.
The Fusion last appeared in ANL finals in 2011 and has only beaten the Fury once in its past eight encounters, but Byrne said she believes her team can secure a finals berth heading into the weekend on the back of a six game winning streak after only dropping its opening round match to South Australia.
“It’s really exciting to see this group together and what they are capable of doing, and what a fantastic way to end the rounds with potentially a one v two final game on Sunday.”
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