Queensland Fusion coach Tracey Jeanes-Fraser says her side will cause the heavyweights of the Australian Netball League (ANL) a major headache if they can beat Canberra Giants and cement a finals berth this weekend.
The Fusion require one win from their final pair of fixtures against the Giants in Canberra to finish in the top four and earn a shot at the title in a play-off tournament in Perth next weekend.
Suncorp Super Netball contracted players will not be eligible for ANL finals, which will suit a Fusion side which has only lost fixtures where elite opposition players returned.
“The games we’ve been playing are up against established Super Netball girls,” Jeanes-Fraser said.
“The other states have been dropping a lot of them back and we’ve really held our own. For us, it’s about getting to finals. Once we’re there, we know we can beat those teams.
“We’ve tried to maintain level heads throughout the tournament and I think the girls have done a terrific job. They’ve punched above their weight, bought into everything we’ve put to them and there’s a belief we can get to finals with a win against the Giants. We’re deserving of a spot in that top four.”
Jeanes-Fraser her side were wary to the possibility of established Giants stars taking the court on Sunday.
“The Giants are playing the Swifts at SSN level, so there’s the possibility some of their Super Netball players may drop back on the Sunday,” she said.
“We have done our analysis, the girls understand the importance and hopefully we can consolidate everything we’ve done so far during this competition with a win.
“Last week we had a good win first up against Southern Force and led at the first break on Sunday. We won the first and third quarters of that game, but the second and fourth got away from us. It was a good learning experience to understand the importance of playing for those full four quarters and we’ll be ready to improve this weekend.”