The race is on for the minor premiership between undefeated Pirates and Heat


The two top teams in the men’s Australian Volleyball Super League, the Queensland Pirates and the Canberra Heat, face each other this weekend in the final round before next month’s playoffs.

Both Queensland and Canberra are yet to drop a match through eight games in the Super League, Queensland though leads on percentage, having lost just one set throughout the tournament thus far.

The Pirates will be at home at the Queensland State Netball Centre. Both Queensland and Canberra are assured a place in the finals. At stake this weekend will be the minor premiership.

The Melbourne Vipers and the UTSSU Shield are third and fourth respectively with three wins from eight games, while the Adelaide Storm remain a chance of making it through with two from eight so far this season.

Melbourne will play at home to the Western Australian Steel at the State Volleyball Centre. The Vipers will start as the hot favourites, with the Steel searching for their first win of the season.

An intriguing contest in the men’s competition sees the UTSSU Shield at home to the Adelaide Storm with both teams vying for a place in the top four.

In the women’s competition, the Queensland Pirates are the ladder leaders with just two losses so far this season. They will be taking on the third placed Canberra Heat, who dropped from a share of the competition lead with a loss to Adelaide on the weekend.

Canberra heads into this weekend’s games against Queensland with a 5/8 record this season.

The second placed Melbourne Vipers, also with a 5/8 record so far, are at home to the Western Australian Steel. The Steel are on the bottom of the ladder and are out of finals contention.

The fourth placed Adelaide, also boasting a 5/8 record, travel to Sydney to play the fifth placed UTSSU Shield. The Shield has won three from eight games.

All three matches this weekend could decide the minor premiership in the women’s competition.