THE final round of the AFL South Coast seniors will be played tomorrow, with the top two sides meeting in what is most definitely the match of the round.
The Kiama Power will host the Wollongong Bulldogs at Bonaira Oval, in a preview of next week’s second semi-final.
The Bulldogs have managed to sneak into second place, and in doing so, earn the valuable double chance ahead of the Bomaderry Tigers, who have been in and out of form of late.
The Power played a near full strength outfit against Shellharbour last Saturday, in a bid to get their side settled for the next four weeks.
The Bulldogs, as always, have had many changes to their line-up, and this could be the major difference this weekend.
As the positions of these two teams will not change no matter the outcome of this game, it may be a great opportunity for both sides to experiment a little going into the qualifying semi next week.
Once this is certain, neither team will take a backward step in either grade, looking to gain that all important psychological edge before the finals. Reserves start at 12.15pm, first grade at 2.10pm.
The Figtree Kangaroos will be looking to end their second season in first grade when they host the Nowra Blues and Albatross Demons at Figtree Oval on Saturday.
The Kangaroos found it tough going against the Bulldogs last weekend, while the Blues also had a bruising encounter against finalists Northern Districts.
Both sides were in the mix for that fourth finals spot about a month ago, but their run home has been tough, and wins have been hard to come by.
The Blues managed to only just finish their game last week, with 15 men on the field.
A gracious Norths side levelled the playing numbers in an effort to finish the game on an even keel, a gesture some teams may not have made.
Hopefully the Blues can rustle up a few extra players have a good crack at Figtree tomorrow.
The Demons, although not taking anything for granted, will be expecting a win against Figtree.
This will see them wrap up second position, with Port Kembla expecting the same outcome against Norths at Hollymount Oval tomorrow also.
It would only be if Albatross has a disastrous outcome against Figtree, and Wollongong got over Kiama on reserves, that there may be a late change in ladder positions coming into the finals.
As we have seen though, anything can happen with any team on any day, so you can only win the game by winning the game.
The other first grade game sees the Shellharbour Suns and the Wollondilly Knights facing their own battle, and that is who will avoid the wooden spoon. Both sides have had a tough season, and with Shellharbour with two wins and Wollondilly with one, the Knights will look to steal the four points, and some percentage, and avoid last position for season 2013.
The remaining game for the home and away season sees the Bomaderry Tigers host the Ulladulla Dockers at Artie Smith Oval.
The Dockers have had their best season yet, and will look to finish the season on the highest possible note with a win against the Tigers.
The Tigers have battled their way through the season, teaching many youngsters the great game of AFL.
Good luck to all teams this weekend, and thanks to those sides who won’t be competing in finals this year for their efforts during the season.
You are champions of our game and for our game, and that is appreciated by us all.