IN the final round of home and away matches in North Central Football League, St Arnaud secured second position on the ladder and the double chance with a win over Donald.
In the first quarter, Donald was able to match it with its more fancied opponent and only trailed by three points at the first break.
Donald's Lucas Anderson continued his good form in front of goals with two majors in the opener.
Saint Ross Tungatalum was lively around goals and converted on a couple of occasions, while Josh Chapman also gathered plenty of the Sherrin and caused the Royal Blues a lot of problems with his pin-point disposals.
At the main break, the Saints' 36-point lead should have been greater but their inaccurate kicking let them down on many attempts.
With a half to go, the Saints were focused on putting a big gap between them and the Royal Blues as they prepared for their finals campaign in two weeks.
The Saints were able to kick eight goals in the quarter and Donald could not match it, only registering one major for the term.
As the Donald side's season was quickly drawing to a close, the Saints posted a big 128-point win.
St Arnaud finished off its preparation for a tilt at winning the Halfhide Cup in good fashion.
The day only got better for all Saints supporters with the news that coach James McNamee was expected to agree to continue in the role for another two years.
In other matches, Wedderburn had a massive 144-point win over Birchip-Watchem 185-41, while Wycheproof got over the line comfortably against Boort, 122-48.
Wycheproof-Narraport will face Wedderburn in the first semi-final at Charlton at the weekend.