The elimination finals start a week early in the Picola District Netball League’s south-east division on Saturday.
Fifth-placed Katandra hosts Rennie (seventh), but with only a game separating the two sides it will be a case of winner takes all when the final whistle sounds.
The Grasshoppers have a better percentage than the reigning premier Kats, meaning victory will be enough for the away side to oust their rivals from the last finals spot.
‘‘We’ve definitely been learning and growing this season,’’ Rennie coach Paula Mifka said.
‘‘It will be a very interesting game this weekend and hopefully we can put things into place that we’ve been working on.’’
With this clash the third meeting between the teams this season, the ledger stands at one win apiece, and both will be fighting tooth and nail to take overall honours and extend their season past round 18.
‘‘I have confidence in my girls and all I ask is that we take confidence in ourselves into the game,’’ Mifka said.
‘‘Whatever happens, happens, and as long as we play well I won’t be disappointed with the result.’’
Tungamah is also a mathematical chance of sneaking into the top five, but faces the toughest fixture in the competition in the form of undefeated Waaia.
The Bombers survived a scare against Rennie last week to take victory by just a goal, which will give the Bears plenty of hope for an upset.
In other matches, Shepparton East hosts Katunga and Katamatite travels to Dookie.
A win for the Eagles would secure a second meeting in as many weeks with the Swans, as the teams sit third and second respectively on the ladder.
However, Grace Pedretti’s charges would most likely drop to fourth and find themselves in a cut-throat elimination final if they lose, with United also on 10 wins for the year.
●The north-west division begins its finals series this weekend.
Tocumwal blew the rest of the league away during the year with 16 consecutive wins, earning the minor premiership and a much-needed week of rest.
Blighty and the Deniliquin Rovers will do battle in the qualifying final at Mathoura on Saturday, with the loser to take on either Strathmerton or Berrigan.
The Bulldogs and Saints will know which team awaits them before taking to Yarroweyah’s court, as the knockout clash is scheduled for Sunday.
Spectators should be treated to exciting matches, with the head-to-head records sitting at one-all leading into both games.