The JCU Townsville fire is just one win away from securing back-to-back minor premierships.
Entering the final round of the season, the reigning Wattle Valley WNBL champions can secure top spot – and a home semi-final – with victory over Perth or Adelaide during this week’s Doomsday Double.
Twin losses, however, may consign them to the minor semi-final and a cut-throat encounter in the first week of the post-season.
Given what is at stake, championship winner Cayla George said the Fire is intent on controlling their own destiny, and as such, has implored her teammates to get the job done on the road this week.
“We definitely want to get the minor premiership and have all the advantage come finals time,” George said.
“We know how important the home semi-final was last year, so to get that advantage would be amazing.
“We were in a pretty similar situation last year as well and we got it done, so we need to make sure we get it done this year and get that minor premiership.”
On the flipside, the Lynx, who are 0-2 against the Fire this season, are well aware that a victory will go a long way to securing them the minor premiership and will be desperate to defend their home floor.
Star forward Louella Tomlinson is expected to return from injury after sitting on the sidelines for the past month, with the shot-blocking machine a vital contributor to the Lynx’s championship hopes.
The Fire face the Lynx from 6pm on Friday night, before backing up against the Lightning at 7pm on Saturday.