Six teams vie for finals footy

CAMERON STALLARD

With only two rounds remaining in the Purcell’s Engineering Central Highlands Men’s competition, six teams are still in the hunt for the final four spots.

Here are the scenarios:

#1 – Springsure Mountain Men
POINTS: 18
THIS SEASON: 9W, 3L, 0D
F&A: +150
DRAW: Clermont (away), Middlemount (home)
BEST FINISH: 1st
WORST FINISH: 3rd

The Mountain Men are the good news story of 2017 and it’s great to see the club celebrate some success this season at the top of the ladder.

This week’s game against the Clermont Bears will almost determine the minor premiership – a win against Clermont will more than likely mean Springsure will be crowned minor premiers because even if they lose next week to Middlemount, their for and against should secure them top spot.

The worst that can happen to the Mountain Men is that they lose both remaining games and Middlemount defeat Blackwater, leaving them third and having to travel north for the finals.

#2 – Clermont Bears
POINTS: 17
THIS SEASON: 8W, 3L, 1D
F&A: +191
DRAW: Springsure (home), Blackwater (away)
BEST FINISH: 1st
WORST FINISH: 4th

The Clermont Bears have used last year’s wooden spoon to cook up a great return season to the top.

Much like their top of the table counterparts, they also have a challenging final two games and need to win both games to ensure the minor premiership. Drawing with the Cowboys and only securing one point earlier in the season may come to haunt the Bears if they lose to Springsure this weekend and will rule them out of minor premiership contention.

The worst that can happen to the Bears is they slip to fourth with two losses to finish the season – that’s if Middlemount and Bluff win their remaining two games.

#3 – Middlemount Panthers
POINTS: 16
THIS SEASON: 8W, 4L, 0D
F&A: +80
DRAW: Blackwater (home), Springsure (away)
BEST FINISH: 1st
WORST FINISH: 5th

Middlemount are only a win behind the ladder leaders but the upset to Bluff on Friday has made the task of securing a home final that much harder.

Claiming the two competition points will be important for the Panthers this coming Friday against Blackwater in order to play finals footy at Norm Blanche. If the Panthers and Springsure win, Round 14 will host the minor premiership showdown in Springsure – a game not to be missed!

There is also the off chance the Panthers could miss out on finals altogether. If they lose both remaining matches and Blackwater defeated Clermont, the Panthers could slip out of the four and finish fifth, spelling the end to a possible grand final redemption after last year’s 22-14 loss.

#4 – Bluff Rabbitohs
POINTS: 13
THIS SEASON: 6W, 5L, 1D
F&A: +16
DRAW: Dysart (home), Tigers (away)
BEST FINISH: 2nd
WORST FINISH: 6th

Once again, the Bluff Rabbitohs are the underdogs that have flown under the radar and appear the most dangerous around August.

Their last two games are by far the most favourable of those in the top six, against Dysart and Tigers respectively.

A win for Bluff and a loss to Blackwater this weekend will secure the Rabbitohs into yet another finals series. If they lose one or both their last two games and Blackwater win both games, they’ll be out of the race and will enjoy their silly Sunday next weekend.

#5 – Blackwater Crushers
POINTS: 12
THIS SEASON: 6W, 6L, 0D
F&A: +74
DRAW: Middlemount (away), Clermont (home)
BEST FINISH: 3rd
WORST FINISH: 6th

Blackwater deserve to play finals footy this year but despite being the best defensive side in the competition, they haven’t been able to grind out the important wins to put them in the top four.

They face the toughest draw to finish the season with, up against the Panthers at Middlemount, who are seeking vengeance following their upset loss to Bluff, and Clermont at home in Blackwater, who will be hoping to secure a top two spot.

A loss for the Crushers and a win for Bluff this weekend will end the Crushers’ season, so to summarise, they just have to keep winning to remain in the hunt.

#6 – Emerald Tigers
POINTS: 11
THIS SEASON: 5W, 6L, 1D
F&A: -52
DRAW: Cowboys (away), Bluff (home)
BEST FINISH: 4th
WORST FINISH: 6th

The Tigers’ finals hopes are hanging on by a thread and a win by Bluff or a loss by themselves will cut their chances of back-to-back titles.

Injuries and an inconsistent weekly squad has really hurt the Tigers this year and are now sweating on results to go their way for a slim chance of making the finals.

In positive news for the club however, their last two games are in Emerald but they face the Cowboys, who are always looking to upset their cross-town rivals, and Bluff, who will be playing to secure fourth spot.




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