Wolves women carry club’s hopes

But the men’s team won’t be tasting finals action this season, having fallen on the wrong side of the play-offs tie-breaker system.

A win for the sixth-placed Wolves against Lakeside Lightning last Friday would have had them through on points, but their 109-98 loss left them equal with East Perth Eagles and South West Slammers ” the seventh and eighth-placed teams.

A double win for Mandurah had the Magic jump from ninth to sixth.

It meant the final two spots of the eight would be decided on who had the best head-to-head record between the Slammers, Wolves and Eagles.

Joondalup dropped to ninth, having not beaten South West this season and beating East Perth only once.

It’s up to the Lady Wolfpack to fly the flag for Joondalup in the State finals, taking on Stirling away this Saturday in game one of the quarters.

The Wolves finished third despite losing their last two games.

The defending champions suffered a solid 85-56 defeat at the hands of the second-placed Lightning on Friday.

They’ll need to bring their best against sixth-placed Stirling.