REIGNING premier Wedderburn is shaping up as a dark horse for this year's North Central Football League crown.
The Redbacks, who take on cellar-dwellers Birchip-Watchem at George Cartwright Oval tomorrow, can still make the top two if results go their way.
North Central Football League general manager Lance Standfield said the undermanned Redbacks had done well to reach the finals.
"Wedderburn hasn't dropped a game since round 13, so it's taking some good form into the finals series," he said. "It hasn't had a full side on the paddock all year, but has still managed to beat every side in the top four."
Key forward Sam Barnes played his first game back from a hamstring injury, which will boost the Redbacks at the business end of the season.
Wycheproof-Narraport is another team that can snatch second spot, but must defeat Boort at Boort Park. The Demons will be refreshed coming off the bye last week, while Boort's season hasn't lived up to expectations.
Donald will aim for three wins in a row tomorrow when it faces St Arnaud at Lord Nelson Park.
Standfield expects a close encounter, with the Saints likely to be without some key personnel.
Torin Petrie has had hamstring problems, while Russell Grigg and Alex Lantjin also did not play in the last game.
Charlton secured the minor premiership at the weekend with an 80-point win over the Saints. The Navy Blues have a bye tomorrow.
Barring an upset, St Arnaud, Wycheproof-Narraport and Wedderburn should finish second, third and fourth respectively.