DESPITE sitting just two places apart on the ladder, Ararat and Great Western have had vastly contrasting fortunes this season.
The Lions have rebounded well from last year's wooden spoon campaign, which saw them win just one game and post a percentage of less than 22.
Led by new coach Nick Thomas, they have been a much more competitive unit this season despite only sitting ninth on the ladder.
If not for a few unlucky narrow losses, the Lions could be on an even win-loss record with reigning premier Penshurst.
Meanwhile, the Eagles have fallen from a competitive 6-12 year in 2012 to win just one match from 17 attempts this season.
Their percentage has slid from 99.55 to 37.26 and they have struggled to be competitive in many matches.
The Eagles have endured turbulence off the field, with coach Matt Stasse sacked and president Nats McRoberts resigning.
It all comes to an end for both sides tomorrow when Great Western takes on Lismore-Derrinallum, while Ararat faces Tatyoon.
The Lions will be keen to atone for a three-point away loss the last time they faced the Demons and can finish the season on a positive note.
Lachie Malloy is coming off a strong performance against Penshurst and was one of his side's best players the last time it faced Lismore-Derrinallum, as was BJ Burton who booted four goals.
The Eagles were no match for Tatyoon in their previous meeting and will hope to avoid another big loss in the final match of the regular season.