SUNDAY’S major semi-final between the Gerringong Lions and the Warilla-Lake South Gorillas at Michael Cronin Oval will determine who will be the first team into this year’s Group 7 grand final.
The two sides have played in their share of finals matches in recent years and while the Lions took out the minor premiership, there was little to separate them this season.
Gerringong should be feeling nice and refreshed after they had last week off, while the Gorillas will be hoping to produce the same kind of form they showed to beat Milton-Ulladulla last week.
The Gorillas need only to look at their round 16 clash at Cec Glenholmes Oval, where they defeated the Lions 24-12 to know they can do it again.
However, that was one of only two occasions the Lions tasted defeat during the regular season and they are still the team to beat in the finals.
The Lions will be hoping the home ground advantage can help them get the win they need to qualify for the grand final at Nowra Showground in two weeks’ time.
The loser will get a second chance next weekend against the winner of the minor semi-final, which will be played between the Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs and the Jamberoo Superoos at Mollymook Oval.
Unlike the Lions and the Gorillas, it is do or die and one of the teams will meet the end of the road after the game.
After leading for most of the season, the Bulldogs eventually finished in third.
While they haven’t been the same team that was so dominant earlier in the year in recent weeks, they will still go in as favourties on their home soil.
The Superoos were beaten twice by the Bulldogs this year, but anything can happen in finals football and they will be giving themselves every chance of causing an upset.
Two of our local teams will be in action in the major semis on Sunday, with the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets women league tag team up against Kiama, while the Berry Magpies under 18s play Warilla.