22/05/2024

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With the fixture being updated today, we take a look at what each of the matches mean for the eight Super Netball clubs in the run to finals.

The Suncorp Super Netball has announced the revised the fixture for the upcoming round.

Round 11 is set to be a rivalry round, with cross town rivals set to go head to head. For some, they’re shaping as crucial clashes in the context of what it means for the business end of the season.

We take a look at all four matches happening this weekend, and the implications they have on the Super Netball season as we edge closer to finals.

Melbourne Vixens vs Collingwood Magpies

Last time they met – Round 7: Collingwood 67 def. Melbourne Vixens 51

For the Vixens, a win will see them on equal game points as two of the other teams in the bottom four. With an increased percentage over the coming games, the reigning premiers could be set to shake eighth spot. Also on the line for the Vixens is bragging rights, after losing the previous Melbourne Derby.

For the Magpies, a win will see them hold the mantle as the winners of the Melbourne Derby for the second game straight. It would further provide them a buffer between the bottom spot on the ladder after losing their last three matches.

New South Wales Swifts vs Giants Netball

Last Time they met – Round 6: Swifts 63 def. Giants 51

For the Swifts, this game is a chance to lock in top spot on the ladder and pull one game clear of the Lightning. The two teams currently share equal game points, and a Swifts win and Lightning loss would mean that they can solidify themselves in top spot and have the all important double chance.

The Giants are one game behind the Lightning on the ladder, so a win will keep them in the hunt for a double chance comes finals time as well. A Giants loss and Lightning win will keep the chances for the second chance just out of reach, so this shapes as a very important encounter for both sides.

The Swifts and Giants doing battle earlier in the season. (Photo: NSW Swifts)

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West Coast Fever vs Adelaide Thunderbirds

Last time they met – Round 4: Adelaide Thunderbirds 62 def. by West Coast Fever 70

The West Coast Fever sit on the same amount of game points as the Queensland Firebirds. A win against the Thunderbirds would allow the Fever to solidify their place in the top four, with one game in hand. It’s also a clash that will allow the Fever to regain form after losing their last two games.

For the Adelaide Thunderbirds, a win would not only be good for team morale but it will keep them from falling into bottom spot on the ladder. Currently one game ahead and percentage ahead of the Vixens, if the Vixens were to win against the Magpies and the Thunderbirds were to lose, the door is ajar for the Vixens to grab seventh spot.

The Fever and the Thunderbirds clashed in round four. (Photo: Suncorp Super Netball)

Queensland Firebirds vs Sunshine Coast Lightning

Last time they met – Round 6: Sunshine Coast Lightning 52 def. by Queensland Firebirds 61

The Firebirds are currently on equal game points to the West Coast Fever, who are sitting in fourth on the ladder. To keep their finals hopes alive, the Monday night clash with cross town rivals in the Lightning is a must win.

For the Lightning, the clash gives them the chance to solidify a double chance comes finals time, currently one game clear of the Giants who sit in third. A win would be able to strength the buffer for the Lightning.

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