FIVE teams will turn their attention to finals football at the conclusion of Round 18 in North Gippsland tomorrow.
The other five will be aiming to get through their matches as quickly as possible.
The North Gippsland finals series has been determined for a few weeks, making the last round of games a mere formality.
Yallourn Yallourn North already has the minor premiership sewn-up, while Traralgon Tyers United and Churchill are safe in the top-three.
While the Cougars could end the regular season on the same number of points as fourth-placed Yarram, there is no way known they will drop out of the top three.
Churchill would have to lose by literally 500 points tomorrow to go out on percentage
The Cougars host fifth-placed Woodside, an opponent they may well meet come finals.
Churchill is on 48 points, as is Yarram. The Demons have a bye this round, and won’t get any points because of this.
Woodside cannot finish higher than fifth, and will want to get some sort of edge on the Cougars when they meet at Gaskin Park.
Lee Stockdale has been in good form for the Wildcats, and his potential battle with Churchill captain Angus Mitchell looms as a key matchup.
IT will be a similar story for YYN and TTU.
The two teams could meet in the second semi final in a fortnight’s time for a place in the decider, meaning this match is every bit a dress rehearsal.
Whether or not Jets coach Barrier Burnett and Bombers counterpart Jamie Atkin hold some cards close to their chest remains to be seen, although one can foresee this happening given everyone playing knows there are much more important matches to come.
THE remaining matches involve teams that have one eye turned to Mad Monday.
Cowwarr has to play Sale City.
The Saints, with just the one win to their name this season, look destined to finish second-last as they take on the Bulldogs, who will finish sixth.
The Bulldogs’ finishing position has been an accurate reflection of their season – competitive without being overly convincing.
The arrival of players such as Sam Davidson has been a boost for Sale City, who will be aiming to take further steps in the right direction next season.
Cowwarr has battled manfully throughout the campaign, with players such as Nick Wozniak and Brett Grieve putting in most weeks.
HEYFIELD makes the journey to Gormandale.
The two sides will be looking to put to rest what has been a fairly tumultuous season.
Events during preseason meant the Kangaroos’ season was arguably over before it started, while the Tigers struggles have been evident simply by looking at the scores.
Unfortunately for Gormandale, they will claim the wooden spoon for the fifth time in six seasons unless they win tomorrow.
GLENGARRY and Rosedale will each look to end the season on a high.
The Magpies have put together some solid weeks, winning consecutive games, and can take some momentum into next season with a third victory on the trot.
The Blues have been the disappointment of 2022, failing to meet expectations that had them winning a lot more games than the four they currently have.
Key players Frazar Brouns, Rohan Hildebrand and Rohan Diamond will be out to see Rosedale has something to celebrate.