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WOMEN’S FINALS COUNT DOWN
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Women’s Run Home

Heading into the last fortnight of the regular season, check out the run home for every team that is still eligible for the 2018 playoffs.

Head-to-head results are determined by results in regular season meetings. Should teams finish with a 1-1 record and an equal margin, ladder position is then decided by overall points percentage.

1st Bendigo Braves (16-0)
To Come:
Ballarat (H), Geelong (A), Frankston (H), Nunawading (A)
Will Finish: First

Undefeated and the team to beat for most of the season, Bendigo have now officially locked up first place thanks to their win on the weekend and losses for Kilsyth and Nunawading. The focus now turns to whether they can become just the second club to go through a regular season unbeaten.

2nd Kilsyth Cobras (13-5)
To Come:
Frankston (A), Albury/Wodonga (A)
Can Finish: Second-Sixth

The Cobras had a weekend to forget as they lost games to Geelong and Sandringham (on the buzzer). They remain in second spot though, thanks to Nunawading’s loss and it may end up being the shot in the arm they needed to refocus ahead of what looms as a tough post-season.

3rd Nunawading Spectres (12-5)
To Come:
Melbourne (H), Sandringham (A), Bendigo (H)
Can Finish:
Second-Eighth

With Kilsyth’s two defeats in Round 13, Nunawading had a chance to move above them on the ladder but they stumbled as well, dropping a game to Ballarat. That means they have lost two in a row but thanks to the head-to-head series advantage over Dandenong, the Spectres have still locked up a place in the playoffs.

4th Sandringham Sabres (12-6)
To Come:
Nunawading (H), Sydney Uni (H)
Can Finish:
Second-Ninth

Without the head-to-head over Melbourne or Dandenong, Sandringham still need one more win to officially book their place in the post-season but they have succeeded in three of their last four games. The winner of their clash against Nunawading will shore up their top-four hopes while Sydney Uni may be fighting for their playoff lives when they meet Sandringham in Round 15.

5th Diamond Valley Eagles (11-7)
To Come:
Launceston (A), Ballarat (H)
Can Finish:
Third-Tenth

Without the head-to-head edge over Kilsyth, Diamond Valley can only move as high as third but on a five-game winning streak, that looks possible. A contest with Launceston will keep the top four hopes alive for one of the teams but their poor start to the season means they could still drop below the Sparks courtesy of a loss to them in Round 3.

6th Launceston Tornadoes (11-7)
To Come:
Diamond Valley (H), Hobart (A)
Can Finish:
Third-Eleventh

Launceston have prevailed in four of their last five games but splitting Round 13 was enough to drop them to sixth place as a couple of teams around them on the ladder all succeeded. A battle with Diamond Valley will keep the top-four hopes alive for the victor while their clash with Hobart could be important in terms of head-to-head results after they loss by a point to the Chargers in Round 2.

7th Geelong Supercats (10-8)
To Come:
Bendigo (H), Canberra (H)
Can Finish:
Fifth-Eleventh

A big win over Kilsyth will have other teams worried that the defending Champs can still do damage in the post-season. Geelong can only go as high as fifth place though without the head-to-head on Nunawading or Sandringham and they still have a clash with the ladder-leaders to come which makes their place in the top eight tenuous.

8th Melbourne Tigers (9-8)
To Come:
Nunawading (A), Dandenong (H), Sydney Uni (A)
Can Finish:
Fourth-Twelfth

The Tigers have only won one of their last four games but with Nunawading not in great form either, this Friday night provides them with a golden opportunity. A top-four berth is still an option if they overcome their 22-point loss to the Spectres from earlier in the season but as it stands, they do not own the head-to-head over Nunawading or Sandringham. Only a game above 11th placed Hobart, Melbourne must find form quickly though to hold onto their tenuous place inside the top eight.

9th Dandenong Rangers (9-8)
To Come:
Melbourne (A), Hobart (H), Canberra (H)
Can Finish:
Fourth-Twelfth

Dandenong are in free-fall on the back of four straight losses but none were bigger than their defeat at the hands of Melbourne last week. They have the chance to atone in Round 14 in a re-match but another loss to the Tigers could spell the end of their season, especially with another crucial game against Hobart to come.

10th Sydney Uni Sparks (8-9)
To Come:
Frankston (H), Melbourne (H), Sandringham (A)
Can Finish:
Fifth-Twelfth

Winning two of their past three, the Sparks are still right in the hunt but there is no room for error and a game against Melbourne to start Round 15 could be the biggest game of their two-year history. Needing to make up a win on the top eight, they still may need to upset Sandringham in Round 15 to earn a playoff berth.

11th Hobart Chargers (8-9)
To Come:
Ballarat (A), Dandenong (A), Launceston (H)
Can Finish:
Fifth-Twelfth

A split of Round 13 was enough to keep their finals hopes alive for another week but Hobart are skating on thin ice. There are no easy games remaining in their run home after Ballarat upset Nunawading last round while Dandenong and Launceston are in the same boat as the Chargers and cannot afford to slip up.

12th Canberra Capitals Academy (6-11)
To Come:
Albury/Wodonga (A), Geelong (A), Dandenong (H)
Can Finish:
Eighth-Twelfth

Canberra are hanging by a thread but were able to split their Round 13 results to keep their faint hopes intact. Even if they win all three of their remaining games though, one more victory for either Melbourne or Dandenong will spell the end of their season.