Launceston Tornadoes coach Reece Potter watches on as his team takes on Nunawading in Launceston on Saturday night.Launceston Tornadoes coach Reece Potter concedestheconference system will rob the best two teams from a potential dream SEABLchampionship game.
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Geography has conspired Launceston towardsa tough start to its finals campaign against south conference leaders Kilsyth in Melbourne.

The conference semi-final on Saturday could be one of two occasions the most dominant women’sclubs clash within a fortnight–but it won’t happen in this year’sSEABL decider a week later.

“We’d like the two best teams play each other in the (championship) grand final, but unfortunately it’s just howthe way the system works,” Potter said.

“We’ve always hadconferences.In the end, it’s the hand you’re dealt that year.

“We’ve been dealt a really tough hand against a side, who has been the dominant side of the past few years and with their record this year, even more so.”

The Tornadoes surpassed their best regular season, the 18-4 win/loss record the club’s greatest in its 23rd year.

Kilsyth superseded their south conference rivals on top to record just two losses.

But Dandenong andNunawading –who won 14 of 22 games –are on courseto earn a spot for the east conference in the championship game.

“If you look at the win-loss column at the moment, our conference is certainly the stronger one,” Potter said.

“Kilsyth has been the best team all year;I think they arecertainly the benchmark and we’re not that far off it.

“I think if we can get out of our conference and win our conference, it’ll be a massive achievement and we’re in a spot where we can potentially win the title, but we’re still a long way from that.

“To get out of our conference, we require two wins.”

Confidence can be found from a84-69 Torns’winover Nunawading four days ago.

ButPotter is looking formotivation to the mix with reminders of Kilsyth’s 75-62 win in last year’s conference preliminary final still fresh.

“They’ve only lost two games all year –lucky for us one was against us,” he said.

“That fills us with confidence that we can go there and potentially beat them to gain a home conference.

“Wehave a clear game plan we’reready to do to plan fora conference home final.”

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