The division one seasons of Shepparton Park and East Shepparton hinge on the result of today’s clash.
With just one round of the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division regular season remaining after today, the duo both want to keep destiny firmly in their own hands.
For the Parkers, who sit outside the top four by 11 points, nothing short of a dominant victory today would set them at ease about their chances of featuring in post-season matches.
Meanwhile, East is all but guaranteed a place in the finals series, having a 35-point advantage over the Parkers, but another loss would see its hopes of a top-two finish and subsequent double-chance dashed.
Jarryd Tinning returns to skip a rink for the Parkers and his inclusion could sway the result.
Having missed a large number of matches this season, Tinning’s presence is one the home side will not take for granted.
The star has five victories from his six games as skipper — with a shot difference of plus-36 — and will be looking to add to his record today.
Ladder-leader Kyabram has not yet secured its safety in the top two and will want to do so today against Hill Top.
The Hillbillies have almost staved off relegation, one of their main goals during this campaign, but given the form they have shown will be disappointed with the 28-point gap to fourth.
Another stellar performance against Kyabram would give the club plenty of confidence going into the final round.
Nagambie can close the door on the Parkers with a big win against Stanhope and will be confident in doing so at home.
Stanhope’s focus will be on snaring as many rinks as possible to remain above the drop, with 11 points between itself and Seymour.