It had been a long road for both teams to reach this point of the competition. The Swifts were electrifying at the start of the season and enjoyed a buffer of bonus points on the ladder that enabled them to hold on to their second spot at the end of regular rounds. They have been brave in the face of adversity, with three season ending injuries including captain Maddy Proud. The Vixens have been a slow burn, promising so much with a star-studded line up and while they have been inconsistent this year, they have certainly peaked at the right time. In their semi-final last week, they disposed easily of a Magpies team who had been in red-hot form on their way to the semi-finals.