While the men’s success comes as no surprise, the women are making a late push to join them in postseason play, currently tied with Eltham for the Watson Conference’s final playoff spot.

THE WOMEN’S RUN HOME:


With just three games remaining, Ed Dunstan’s women will need to be near-perfect from here on out, starting with a big home game against Sandringham this Sunday. Though they are tied with Eltham, the Wildcats own the tiebreaker over the Cobras this season, putting Kilsyth in a position where they will likely have to win at least two of their final three games to make the playoffs.

Following Sunday’s home matchup with the Sabres, the women finish the season with a doubleheader weekend, hosting powerhouses Dandenong next Saturday night, then finishing on the road against the 7-12 Hawthorn Magic. While the Rangers put together a 13-game win streak earlier in the season, they have struggled of late, losing their last three contests. The key is still this weekend, though, and if Dunstan’s group can take down the Sabres, they’ll be in a serious position to leapfrog Eltham.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats find themselves with a game advantage over the Cobras, but have an extremely difficult run home, facing Ballarat, Bendigo and Bulleen all on the road. Their matchup with the Rush this weekend becomes a must-win for both teams – if Eltham can down Ballarat, they have a chance to jump into third in the conference, leaving the Rush in a battle with the Cobras for the final playoff spot. Kilsyth owns the tiebreaker over Ballarat; two Cobras wins and two Rush losses would see Kilsyth take fourth place.

THE MEN’S RUN HOME:


While the women find themselves in a dogfight, the men are rolling, having pushed their win-streak to an incredible 15 games. All but guaranteed the league’s second-best record, Pete Godfrey’s group could take over VYC’s top spot if they finish the season 3-0, and Dandenong loses one of their final two games.

The Rangers were upset on the road last week against Sherbrooke, leaving them just a half game ahead of the Cobras. Dandenong does own the tiebreaker advantage, though, but faces a surging Knox team this weekend, with the Raiders winning their last nine games. The Rangers wrap-up their regular season against Ringwood, a game they will enter as overwhelming favourites.

One Kilsyth win will sew-up a top-two finish at worst, keeping Knox in third spot overall. Godfrey’s team will be banking on a Raiders defeat over the Rangers, leaving the door open for the Cobras to finish with the league’s best record, meaning they would have homecourt advantage throughout the postseason (should they advance to the grand final).

The immediate task at hand for the Cobras is Sunday’s game against Sandringham, with the Sabres desperate to cling on to fourth-place in the Watson Conference. Kilsyth then finishes off the season at home against the much-improved Sherbrooke Suns, before travelling to Hawthorn next Sunday for their final regular season game.

With so much at stake for both our men’s and women’s teams, it goes without saying that Sunday’s doubleheader against Sandringham is a huge day for both – and we’re calling on our fans to help them over the line! The women tip-off at 12.00pm, with the men following at 2.00pm.

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