All to play for in final SSN month

THERE is only a month left of the Suncorp Super Netball season, but there is still plenty of exciting netball and lot of potential scenarios to play out between now and finals.

Among the highlights of this weekend’s menu of action is a Queensland Derby, while the Sargeant-McKinnis Cup up for grabs again.

Queensland Firebirds vs Sunshine Coast Lightning
Tomorrow at 5pm AEST
Nissan Arena

The Queensland Derby is sure to be another entertaining delight once again.

Both sides come into this match off frustrating losses, but there is more riding on this match for the Lightning than the Firebirds.

Although there is a slight slither of a finals chance left for the Lightning, only one more loss in any of their last four and it is curtains for them on any hope of playing finals.

For the Firebirds, they have to win in order to keep in touch with the top four. With the top four all playing each other, there is a chance they can also sneak into the top four with a win, depending on how the percentages work out.

Melbourne Vixens vs NSW Swifts
Tomorrow at 7pm AEST
John Cain Arena

The Sargeant-McKinnis Cup is up for grabs again, as the Vixens host the Swifts.

After a remarkable few weeks from the Swifts, this is now a top four clash with plenty of potential implications.

The Swifts have to win to further cement themselves in the top four, and keep the gap between them and the chasing pack. Their percentage is also poor in comparison to the teams around them, so if they lose and the Firebirds win, they could slip out of the top four.

For the Vixens however, it is a slightly different story. They will come into the match buoyed by the confidence that comes with defeating the Fever for a second time this season, and they will be keen to win and further cement themselves at the tip of the tree.

West Coast Fever vs GIANTS Netball
Sunday at 12pm AWST
RAC Arena

This is going to be a very interesting encounter.

Last time around, it was the GIANTS who emerged victorious by the slimmest of margins, but a lot has changed between then and now.

For one thing, this time around the game is in Perth, so the GIANTS will not only have to battle the Fever but the at times raucous RAC Arena crowd.  

The Fever were also missing several key players last time. Jessica Anstiss will not be back this time, but Sasha Glasgow will, so that is an extra element the GIANTS will need to deal with.

The Fever will also be frustrated by losing at home to the Vixens mid week, so the GIANTS should expect the Fever to come out firing.

Collingwood Magpies vs Adelaide Thunderbirds
Sunday at 4pm AEST
State Netball Centre

Although this is a sixth versus seventh battle, if this season has taught anything it is that ladder positions mean absolutely nothing.

Both teams also return to the State Netball Centre for the first time since the Team Girls Cup, with the Thunderbirds having happier memories from that tournament then the Magpies.

The Thunderbirds will be buoyed by the confidence of the way they beat the Firebirds mid week, while Collingwood will be frustrated by the way they performed against the GIANTS.

Both teams need to win to keep in touch with the top four and depending on how percentages go may even sneak in to the four.

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