Finals time is here!

Finals time is here!

It's crunch time in the domestic leagues as the teams step up their fight for the 2008/09 championships.

The NBL semi finals tipped off on Tuesday night with the minor premiers South Dragons hosting the Townsville Crocodiles.

South won the first game in the best of three series and will travel to Townsville for the second leg on Thursday.

The Melbourne Tigers went 1-0 in their series against the New Zealand Breakers after devastating the Breakers in Melbourne on Wednesday night. The teams play the reverse leg in Auckland on Friday.

You can follow the men's action on FOXSports and to get game previews and more information head to the NBL website. Many of the NBL clubs local radio broadcast partners are also offering LIVE AUDIO click here for the details.

The WNBL kickstarted its playoffs with the Elimination Final on Wednesday between fourth-placed Adelaide Lightning and fifth-placed Bendigo Spirit. In a tight contest that Bendigo led by one point at halftime, the Lightning used their home court advantage to full effect for a run away with the eight-point victory. Adelaide will now face the Townsville Fire in a knockout semi final on Saturday.

The Canberra Capitals finished the regular season on top of the league and will host the Bulleen Boomers on Friday night, the winner of that came to get a pass straight to the Grand Final, awaiting on their opponent from the other semi.

All WNBL semi finals and the Grand Final will be broadcast on the ABC for more broadcast information and WNBL finals details click here.

Finals Calendars

NBL Finals:

Series 1 - South Dragons (1st) v Townsville Crocodiles (5th)

Game 1: South v Townsville at Hisense Area, Melbourne
Tuesday 24th Feb at 7.30pm AEDT

Game 2: Townsville v South at Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville
Thursday 26th February at 6.30pm AEST

Game 3*: South v Townsville at Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Saturday 28th February at 7.30pm AEDT

Series 2 - Melbourne Tigers (2nd) v New Zealand Breaker (3rd)

Game 1: Melbourne vs. New Zealand at State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne
Wednesday 25th February at 7.30pm AEDT
Game 2: New Zealand v Melbourne at North Shore Events Centre
Friday 27th February at 7.30pm NZDT
Game 3*: Melbourne vs. New Zealand at State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne
Sunday 1st March at 7.30pm AEDT

Grand Final Series - Winner Series 1 v Winner Series 2

Game 1: Wednesday 4th March at Melbourne or New Zealand
Game 2: Friday 6th March at Melbourne, New Zealand or Townsville
Game 3: Sunday 8th March at Melbourne or New Zealand
Game 4*: Tuesday 11th March at Melbourne, New Zealand or Townsville
Game 5*: Thursday 13th March at Melbourne or New Zealand

* If required

WNBL Finals:

Wednesday, February 25 Elimination Final: Adelaide Lightning v Bendigo Spirit at 7.00pm local time in Adelaide, Distinctive Homes Dome (7.30pm AEDT - follow on with LIVE STREAMING AUDIO and LIVESTATS from 7.00pm AEDT)

Friday, February 27 Semi Final 1: Canberra Capitals v Bulleen Boomers 8.00pm AEDT at AIS Arena, Canberra (Broadcast on ABC2 from 8.00pm ABC2)

Saturday, February 28 Semi Final 2: Townsville Fire v Adelaide Lightning (Broadcast on ABC1 from 4.00pm AEDT)

Friday, March 6 Preliminary Final: Loser Semi Final 1 v Winner Semi Final 2 (Broadcast on ABC time tba)

Friday March 13 Grand Final: Winner Semi Final 1 v Winner Preliminary Final (Broadcast on ABC time tba)

By Kimberley Lewis for BA Media