FOUR teams remain in the Horsham District premiership race after an action-packed opening week of finals.
Laharum set up a showdown with Kalkee in Saturday's second semi-final at Rupanyup after an impressive win over Edenhope-Apsley on Saturday.
The Mountain Men wore the Saints down at Kalkee Recreation Reserve with a four-quarter defensive effort to move within one win of the grand final.
It is not all doom and gloom for last year's grand finalists who have a chance to redeem themselves against Swifts at the weekend.
The Saints travel to Quantong on Sunday for a do-or-die first semi-final against the Stawell-based side.
Swifts ended Harrow-Balmoral's season yesterday with a 28-point elimination final victory at Edenhope Showground.
A seven-goal-to-three third quarter set up the win, with reigning Dellar Family Medallist Ricky Whitehead having a day out.
In round 18 Wimmera league action, favourites dominated three out of the four matches.
Nhill was the surprise packet of the weekend, beating finals-bound Minyip-Murtoa by four points at Minyip Recreation Reserve.
Dimboola finished top of the table following a 152-point smashing of Ararat at home.
The Roos put in arguably their most consistent performance of the season and earned their week off, finishing the season with an impressive 15-1 record.
Warrack Eagles avoided any hiccups against Stawell to secure third spot and the all-important double chance.
Tim Inkster's men won by 82 points at Central Park to set up an exciting qualifying-final date with Horsham at Murtoa Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
The only sour note for the Eagles was a likely season-ending hamstring injury to Jason Hinkley.
Horsham Saints and Minyip-Murtoa will battle in a cut-throat elimination final at Horsham City Oval on Sunday.
In the final game of the round, Horsham made it 14 wins in a row with a clinical 168-point defeat of co-tenant Horsham RSL Diggers.