Editorial courtesy of Netball Australia.
Queensland Fusion will aim to to stay in the race for a finals berth when they host reigning champions Victorian Fury in Week 6 of the Australian Netball League (ANL).
Fusion sit in fifth spot on the ladder and, with four matches left to play in the regular season, captain Laura Scherian said the team knows how vital it is to claim points against the ladder leaders in this weekend’s double header on the Gold Coast.
“Victoria is always tough state to play because they have so much depth,” Scherian said.
“But it’s good we’ve seen them get beaten a couple of times already this year. But we need to come out and start strongly against them in both games and be consistent right throughout the four quarters, so that’s our focus this weekend.
“It’s in back of all our minds how extremely important this weekend is.”
Fusion’s only ANL victory against Fury came in the opening round of the 2011 season while the two sides also met in the 2014 Grand Final and last year’s semi-finals.
So far this season Fusion have split their contests against Western Sting and Southern Force and bounced back from a loss to NNSW Waratahs in their opening game to draw with them the following day.
Saturday’s match will be played as a curtain raiser to the ANZ Championship clash at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre between the Queensland Firebirds and Melbourne Vixens, while Sunday’s match will be played at Carrara Indoor Stadium. A City vs Country Queensland State Netball League representative match will play curtain raiser to to Sunday’s clash.
The Fusion has already taken home matches to the Sunshine Coast this season and Scherian said they get great support from Queensland netball fans.
“It will be such a good experience for the girls to play (a curtain raiser) on Saturday and we’ll get a bit of a crowd there, especially near the end which will create a great atmosphere,” she said.
This weekend will be Fury’s last matches of the regular season.
Secure your tickets to Sunday’s ANL clash between the Fusion and Fury at Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium. Doors open from 10am, City vs Country (QSNL) starts at 11am and the Fusion vs Fury clash starts at 1.30pm. Tickets from $7 via http://bit.ly/1WXHkjv