The Tasmanian Magpies are on the hunt to be crowned back-to-back premiers when they take to the court for the DUANL Finals this weekend in Melbourne at the Victorian State Netball and Hockey Centre.
Having finished the season in third position on the ladder, the Magpies will now face off against the NSW Waratahs following the first semi final match between the Victorian Fury and the Canberra Giants.
The last time the Magpies came face to face with the Waratahs was back in round five where Pies went down in both games.
After a week rest, the Pies now return to full training.
Magpies coach, Elissa Kent says the vibe around the club leading into the finals has been great.
“We had a good training week last week, which included some match play so we are feeling really connected and are aware of some areas to polish up on before the weekend,” Kent told magpiesnetball.com.au.
Acknowledging that the Waratahs like to play a “possession” style of netball, Kent says her team will focus on disrupting that type of play with strong defensive pressure.
“A key focus will be to do the basics well as it gives you confidence in each other and there will be a real focus on each athlete doing their role on and off the court,” Kent said.
Following the semi final matches, the preliminary and grand final will take place on Sunday.
Kent says she’s extremely proud of the team to make it to this point in the competition and looks forward to watching what they can achieve in the finals series.
“I have really enjoyed watching this group develop on and off the court and to see each individual live by that team first attitude.
“Seeing each player step up at different moments and to watch them grow to understand their own strengths which they’ve then used in critical moments on court.”
Saturday 29 June, 3pm - Victorian Fury v Canberra Giants
Saturday 29 June, 5.30pm – NSW Waratahs v Tasmanian Magpies
Preliminary Final – Play off for third
Sunday 30 June, 10.30am
Saturday 30 June, 12.30pm
All finals matches will be played at the State Netball and Hockey Centre, Melbourne.