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Renegades Secure WBBL|07 Finals Spot

14 November 2021

Melbourne Renegades were the first team to secure their place in the Weber WBBL|07 finals but coach Simon Helmot says they now must make the most of the opportunity.

The weekend’s results among some of the potential top four rivals confirmed the Renegades’ progress to the next stage, ahead of their last three minor rounds in Mackay this week.

The top side has collected 16 points – after seven wins, two losses and two wash-outs – to sit one point ahead of Brisbane Heat.

“In any competition your first goal or objective is to make the play-offs, so for us to make the play-offs with still three rounds to go, that’s a great effort,” Helmot said.

“We’ve now got three really important matches remaining that are going to help shape the final four. We know this is the first year in the WBBL where if you finish top of the ladder, you go straight through to the final, which is a terrific advantage. And if you get second, you wait on the result of third and fourth.

“So we’ll be pushing to do our very, very best to try to win as many of the remaining games up here in Mackay to give ourselves a chance to perform well in the play-offs.”

The Renegades have not played a game since November 7 but face Sydney Thunder at Great Barrier Reef Arena on Wednesday and then complete the minor round with games against Hobart Hurricanes on Friday afternoon and Brisbane Heat on Saturday at the same venue.

“It is a well-earned break,” Helmot said. “We had a rain washout last game against the Stars at Karen Rolton Oval (Adelaide) but we had a fairly heavy beginning of the season. From the girls having to quarantine for the first two weeks in Tasmania, then some games in Hobart and Launceston, then off to Perth and Adelaide, it’s been a really busy tournament for us so far.

“The girls are terrific. We have a young captain in Sophie Molineux … her leadership, her calmness and direction, on and off the field, has been outstanding. She’s one of the main reasons why we are at the top of the ladder right now. And our overseas players have really complemented our team.”