Nagambie and Shepparton Park’s seasons rest on the performances this weekend.
In the final round of Goulburn Valley Bowls Division season, a more enticing weekend in the top tier could not be manufactured.
The Lakers dropped out of finals contention after an agonisingly close loss to Stanhope last week, while the Parkers’ win against title contenders East Shepparton saw Mark Ryan’s team move into the top four for the first time since round two.
But how long Shepparton Park stays there depends on how the side performs against Kyabram — a team which can be brutal when at its best.
Meanwhile Nagambie travels to Shepparton Golf to play another top side as the team that makes the cut could be decided on just rink difference.
Only three points separate Nagambie from a finals appearance, meaning the positive shot difference of 32 Park holds is unlikely to come into play.
Lakers second Rob Page said the side is hoping last week’s loss will cost them a finals position.
‘‘Everybody’s still a bit devastated from last week after losing by one shot but we’ll be all doing everything we can,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s good because you’re playing one of the top sides so it makes you bowl better.
‘‘After all it’s just a game so you’ve just got to try your bloody hardest.’’
Golf enter the match on the back of a strong performance against Seymour.
While Seymour’s greens have seen teams struggle, non of Golf’s skips had had an issue in the 18-134 to 0-64 drubbing.
Not wanting to change a winning formula, coach Brad Orr will bring the same team into this week as it builds towards the finals.
It is a common approach from teams paving the way for success with Shepparton Park also choosing to stick to the same reliable crew.
Although the Parkers were on the end of a 20-shot defeat at the hands of Kyabram in round seven, there is plenty of room for Shepparton Park to turn the result around.
Only Glenn Thatcher’s rink was soundly defeated by Rob Sceney as the remainder of the rinks remained tight.
With Jeff Anselmi now taking the reins of the rink with Thatcher his trusty third, the duo will be supported by Phil McCann and Peter Brodie in their quest for a win.