Canberra will secure the Canterbury State League minor premiership if they can overcome bottom placed Queanbeyan on Friday night.

With just one round remaining before the start of the final series Canberra are just two points ahead of second placed Arawang.

Defending champions Tuggeranong remain in third position with Belconnen rounding off the top four.

Canberra coach Tara Steel believes the finals series is shaping up as the closest in years.

“Anyone of the top four teams can beat each other on their day, that’s how even the teams are heading into finals,” Steel said.

“If you don’t bring your best netball then you’ll pay the price.”

“I’ve been happy with the way our team has been building throughout the season and I feel we’re peaking at the right time.”

“Our immediate focus is Queanbeyan and even though they haven’t won a game all season we’ll be treating them with the utmost respect.”

Canberra have been boosted by the return of Shannon Priestley who has added some much needed experience to their defence.

The mid-court remains strong and in Nalani Makunde they have a young goal shooter who continues to impress.

Queanbeyan have been competitive in periods of games this season but have struggled to produce four solid quarters.

They would love nothing more than to end their season with an upset victory against one of the competition favourites

In other games Arawang will look to bounce back from last week’s one point loss to Canberra when they take on Belconnen, while Tuggeranong meets South Canberra.

All matches will be played at the SolarHub ACT Netball Centre in Lyneham commencing at 9pm.

Fixtures (Friday 26 August)

South Canberra v Tuggeranong

Canberra v Queanbeyan

Belconnen v Arawang

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