Blockbuster matchup headlines first week of finals
THE finals have arrived for the Big V Women’s competition, with the home and away fixture now complete and the semi-finals set to take place over this upcoming weekend.
It has been a season to remember for the league, with so much to take away from 2022’s games, including some tense wins and some big performances from both a team and individual standpoint. That trend looks destined to continue into the finals series, with four of the best sides set to face off, and no certainty on who could win it all.
The first semi-final on the cards will see Wyndham look to defend its spot at the top of the table when it takes on McKinnon at GESAC on Saturday evening, in a rivalry that has produced some thrilling action throughout the year.
When the home and away season wrapped, Wyndham was the best side in the competition, winning the minor championship with a record of 18 wins and just three losses. Looking a strong chance to keep that momentum rolling into finals, the home side will enter this match as the favoured team, but there is no such thing as a guaranteed result. However, if their high-scoring ways can continue, then it may prove too much for a McKinnon side that has proven leaky in the past. Both Tanielle Knight and Dyani Ananiev have the ability to post 20-plus points on any given night, so if both are firing on Saturday, it may be the match-defining factor.
Despite finishing at the bottom of the top four, McKinnon had sealed its fate in the finals long ago, finishing five wins ahead of fifth place with a record of 13 triumphs and eight defeats. The fact that this side is at the bottom of the finals table is a clear indicator of how close the race for the championship is. Regardless of the fact that they will enter the game as underdog, the visitors are every chance of taking out this game. However, they will need to produce a better showing than they delivered in the final round against Bulleen. The likes of Morgan Ili and Jacinta Vandenberg will need to be firing from the field, but they could produce an upset.
The second match of the weekend will see the Sunbury Jets play host to the Bulleen Boomers at Boardman Stadium on Sunday afternoon. These two teams have delivered a number of tense clashes throughout the year and that should continue in this do-or-die contest.