BY NATHAN DOLE
ALL 11 clubs in the Central Murray FNL will be represented across this weekend’s start to the netball finals action.
Qualifying finals on are Saturday at Lalbert, and will be followed by Sunday’s elimination finals at Alan Garden Reserve in Swan Hill.
In A-grade, Swan Hill takes on Woorinen in the qualifying final from 2.40pm at Lalbert Recreation Reserve.
Both teams ended the regular season on identical win-loss tallies of 14-2.
The only clash the Swans and Tigers had in the home-and-away was in the eighth round where the Tigers clawed their way to a 57-55 victory at Alan Garden Reserve.
Beaten just once in the run to the finals, Lake Boga will meet the Swans or Tigers in the second semi-final on September 9 at Balranald’s Greenham.
On Sunday it will be Balranald and Mallee Eagles fighting to stay in the A-grade premiership race when they play in the elimination final from 2.40pm at Swan Hill’s Alan Garden Reserve.
In round nine the Eagles won 48-46 on Balranald’s court at Greenham Park.
The Eagles and Kangaroos have win-loss records of 10-6.
In the A-reserve competition, Lake Boga takes on Woorinen in Saturday’s qualifying final from 1.15pm at Lalbert.
It’s one-all in this season’s meetings.
The Tigers won 46-41 at Lake Boga Sports Club in the sixth round.
Lake Boga claimed a 44-30 victory in the 17th round on Woorinen’s court.
It will be the Magpies or Tigers against Mallee Eagles in the second semi-final.
Swan Hill faces Balranald in the elimination final from 1.15pm on Sunday.
In round seven, Swan Hill won 64-55 on the Kangaroos’ court.
These teams met last Saturday where Balranald won 56-45 in Swan Hill.
Nyah Nyah West United takes on Koondrook Barham in the B-grade qualifying final at 11.50am on Saturday.
This season’s meetings stand at one-all.
The Rivers Raiders marked their trek to Nyah in the first round with a 39-33 victory.
In the 13th round the Demons fired up to win 43-35 at Barham.
The ladder-leading Woorinen advanced to the second semi.
Swan Hill faces Mallee Eagles in Sunday’s elimination final at 11.50am.
The Swans won 39-35 on the Eagles’ court at Lalbert in round three.
Latest meeting was in the 14th round at Garden Reserve where scores were locked 47-all at the final whistle.
In the B-reserve competition, Swan Hill plays Balranald in the qualifying final from 1.15pm.
The Kangaroos beat the Swans, 39-33 at Greenham Park in the seventh round.
The qualifying finalists met last Saturday at Swan Hill which ended in a 41-36 victory for the Swans.
Koondrook Barham is through to the second semi-final.
Based on this season’s results, Cohuna and Kerang could play another thriller in Sunday’s elimination final at 1.15pm.
In the fourth round the Kangas hopped to a 51-50 victory on the Blues’ court at Kerang’s Riverside Park.
Latest showdown was the in 15th round where Kerang won 49-44 on the Kangas’ court.
Cohuna plays Mallee in the 18-under qualifying final from 10.25am on Saturday.
The Kangas beat the Eagles, 54-47 at Cohuna in the seventh round, and 63-44 just last Saturday at Lalbert.
Tyntynder finished the home-and-away series on top spot and advanced to the second semi.
On Sunday, Swan Hill has home-court advantage for the elimination final against Woorinen from 10.25am.
Their only meeting so far ended in a 60-44 win for the Swans at home.
Kerang takes on Tooleybuc Manangatang in the 16-under qualifying final from 9am.
In round one the Blues won 52-45 at Tooleybuc.
Kerang marked a 47-33 victor in the 13th round against the Saints.
Either the Blues or Saints will face Woorinen in the second semi-final.
On Sunday it’s Lake Boga against Cohuna in the elimination final at 9am.
The Magpies soared to a 64-46 win at Cohuna in the third round.
Lake Boga takes on Tyntynder in the 14-under qualifying final from 10.25am.
In round four, Lake Boga beat the Bulldogs, 19-13.
Tyntynder won a great match, 27-25 against the Magpies in the 15th round at Alan Garden Reserve.
Mallee Eagles await the winner in the second semi-final.
On Sunday it’s Woorinen against Koondrook Barham from 10.25am in the elimination final.
Both of this season’s meetings ended in wins for the Tigers – 26-18 at Woorinen in the fifth round, and 31-29 in round 16 at Barham.