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Four in, and now four to go

Swifts, Thunderbirds, Babes and Fever all qualify for netball grand finals

The Flaming Hotties’ goalkeeper Mackenzie Russell passes as Fever’s Goal shooter Angie Knox attempts to block in the sides’ A-grade major semi-final on Saturday.

They were the best teams all year in their respective Narrabri Netball Association winter season competitions.

And now Wee Waa Bowling Club Swifts (under-9/10), Namoi Cotton Thunderbirds (under-11/13), RSL Babes (senior B-grade), and Fever (senior A-grade) - all of which finished at the top of the table in their respective competitions - have qualified for the 2017 grand finals.

That came after each won their respective major semi-final games.

Swifts beat the Valley Vixens 10-6 in an all-Wee Waa under-9/10 major semi-final.

Thunderbirds beat the C and W Firebirds 24-16 in the under-11/13 major semi-final, which was a second all-Wee Waa finals fixture.

In B-grade RSL Babes downed Golfie Grubs 33-22, and in A-grade Fever blitzed its way past The Flaming Hotties in a 61-21 victory.

Vixens, Firebirds, Grubs and The Flaming Hotties will all play in preliminary finals this Saturday, where they will meet the winners of the minor semi-finals of their respective competitions.

The minor semi-finals were won by Magpies, Roses, Roberts and Morrow and Tropics.

In A-grade Tropics saw off Narrabri Phoenix 30-26.

In B-grade Roberts and Morrow beat McGregor Gourlay 12s 49-17.

In under-9/10 Magpies downed Giants 3-2.

In under-11/13 Roses defeated Fever 16-11.

That means that the under-9/10 preliminary final will be contested between Vixens and Magpies, the under-11/13 preliminary final will be played between Firebirds and Roses, the A-grade preliminary final will feature The Flaming Hotties and Tropics, and the B-grade preliminary final will be battled between Golfie Grubs and Roberts and Morrow.