The defending champions remain the only unbeaten side after four encounters with Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland tied in second position, with two wins apiece although Queensland and Victoria each have an additional match to play having already had their compulsory bye.
Western Australia lost to Queensland this afternoon and, as a consequence, its chances of winning the title in front of home fans appears very slim as it would need to rely on several stunning results from themselves and / or others in order for them to make the final on Friday afternoon.
Queensland won that match 4-3 ensuring Queensland, who face Victoria and Tasmania in Thursday encounters, remain a good chance to graduate to the final.
WA have a bye tomorrow morning but then play the Northern Territory in the afternoon, a match they should win easily but, even if they do, in order for them to make the final they will need to defeat the rampant NSW side on Friday morning.
The battle between Victoria and Queensland tomorrow morning therefore is shaping as a key encounter in deciding at least one of the finalists as NSW is now all but assured of reaching that final.
In the women’s event at Royal Fremantle, Victoria is assured of a place in their final on Thursday afternoon after wins in all four encounters to date. Their opponent in the final could be between any one of three sides with NSW currently in second position, WA 3rd and Queensland 4th.
Queensland take on NSW tomorrow morning while WA meet the high-flying Victorians. Queensland will need to defeat NSW if they are to have a chance to make the final. If not then Victoria will tackle NSW tomorrow afternoon.