For once, I get a playoff preview done before the playoffs start.
As always, we start with the regular-season standings:
The top three teams go to the playoffs. As you can see, there was a tie for third place. Unfortunately, Australian League rules to not allow for a play-in game, although they'd have plenty of time for one. Instead, Canberra was awarded third place based on head-to-head victories during the regular season.
It's a two-round playoff system. In the first round (called the "preliminary final"), the second and third place teams play each other in a best-of-three series. This year, that means Sydney plays Canberra. The winner then takes on the first place team, Perth, in another best-of-three series to determine the league champion. The preliminary final will be held this weekend, and the final final will be held the following weekend.