The Western Fury have qualified for the
WNCL finals for the first time since 1999-2000 after Konica Minolta
Queensland Fire defeated The Tradies ACT Meteors on Saturday.
The result confirmed the Fury's place
in the top four, despite the West Australians having the bye in the
penultimate round of the regular season.
Queensland defeated ACT by three
wickets in Canberra on Saturday, to leave the capital city side seven
points outside the top four and unable to catch the Fury.
The Fury's historic achievement ends a
13-year wait for another finals tilt after making the decider in the
1999-2000 season when Zoe Goss was part of the team as they went down
to NSW at the SCG.
The Fury will hope to improve their top
four position to give themselves the best chance of progressing
through the semi-finals and reaching the decider when they visit
Canberra to take on the Meteors in the final round of the regular
The Fire's win over the Meteors on
Saturday along with Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit's massive triumph
over Cripps Tasmanian Roar on Friday – where the Victorians claimed
a double bonus point - has seen the Fury fall to fourth.
Elsewhere in the final round on 5 January,
second-placed Queensland are away to Tasmanian Roar, while
third-placed VicSpirit host unbeaten leaders Lend Lease NSW Breakers.
The WNCL semi-finals take place on 11
January in Blacktown with the Grand Final to be played two days