Dandenong hosts the minor semi-final on Saturday, and Townsville at home against Perth for the major semi-final on Sunday.
MINOR SEMI-FINAL, Saturday 27th February, 7.00pm- Dandenong Stadium (local time)
Dandenong (15-9) v SEQ (15-9)
On the back of seven wins from their past eight games, SEQ come into the finals as the form team of the competition.
Dandenong have certainly earned their spot but would not be happy with their preparation, having dropped their past two games by big margins.
SEQ has just eight players available to hit the court, with a lack of depth in their bench, aside from the spectacular play of Ify Ibekwe, and thus this weakness could be exposed. Dandenong arguably own the best bench in the league and on her day, Lauren Scherf can tackle Ibekwe while Tenaya Phillips and Aimie Clydesdale bump up their back court stocks.
After the events of last week, this is sure to be a tight encounter. The Rangers finished the season with an equal-best 9-3 home record and after Round 18 provided them with a blueprint of the Stars’ game plan, they should be able to bounce back but SEQ are full of confidence and will not go down without a fight.
MAJOR SEMI-FINAL, Sunday 28th February, 3.00pm- Townsville RSL Stadium (local time)
Townsville (17-7) v Perth (16-8)
Townsville had taken the two previous encounters with Perth coming into last weekend by an average of eight points but Perth responded with an important victory on Friday night, winning by 13 points.
The Fire’s dominant front court of Suzy Batkovic and Cayla George are combining for 34.9 points and 20.5 rebounds per game and it is with this duo that Townsville win most of their games.
Nat Burton provides a solid match-up for Batkovic at centre and both are Opals players but it is the Betnijah Laney battle with George where the game could be won and lost.
If the Fire can limit turnovers and restrict Perth’s running game, they will be able to atone for the Round 18 loss and secure a home advantage through the Grand Finals.