It is now down to the business end of the season for the premier netball competitions in the state. The Queensland Champions Cup (QCC) has one round remaining, while the Mission Queensland State Netball League (MQSNL) will head into elimination finals this weekend at the Boondall Entertainment Centre.
SunCoast Lynx, Carina Leagues Club Tigers, Kedron Wavell Services Club Cougars and Brisbane West Lions will all vie for a finals spot after matches this weekend.
Despite the top four teams all but secured there will still be fierce battles on the court as teams vie for pride and position.
The final round matches kick-off tonight with first placed Suncoast Lynx hitting the court against the Logan Wildcats at the Hibiscus Sport Complex at Mt Gravatt.
Also in action this weekend at the Boondall Entertainment Centre is fifth placed Golden South Jaguars taking on finals contenders Brisbane West Lions and the Kedron Wavell Services Club Cougars up against Magnetic North Steelcats.
MQSNL teams have finished regular season matches and will move directly to elimination finals this weekend with four teams competing to stay alive and book a place in the minor semi-final.
The top two teams, Kedron Wavell Services Club Cougars and Rocky Leagues Club Claws have earned the weekend off, heading straight into next weekend’s major semi-final where they will compete to earn the right to host the grand final.
In an exciting last round of the season, goal percentages was all that kept the Magnetic North Steelcats from hosting a home final, after staging a dramatic come-from-behind win over the Golden South Jaguars on Sunday.
The Steelcats ended in fifth place on the MQSNL ladder after a 50-48 win over the Jaguars, which led the clash by eight goals with five minutes to go.
The win was enough to see the Steelcats end the season in a four-way tie for second place, with only goal percentages deciding what team hosted the elimination final and which had to travel.
The fifth placed Steelcats, must now head to Brisbane this weekend to take on the Suncoast Lynx, which finished fourth with a two per cent better for and against record.
The other weekend’s elimination final being held at the Boondall Entertainment Centre sees third placed Brisbane West Lions hitting the court against sixth placed Golden South Jaguars.
Under the control of 30 umpires, 200 players from 19 teams have strapped on their netball shoes and hit the courts across 17 weeks of competition.