A PLACE in the North Central Football League grand final is up for grabs when Charlton and St Arnaud do battle at Donaldson Park, Wedderburn tomorrow.
It is a high stake match, with the loser having to face two-time reigning premier Wedderburn in a do-or-die first semi-final next weekend.
North Central Football League general manager Lance Standfield is expecting a blockbuster clash between the two powerhouses of the competition.
"It will be a real high-class game and I think it will be pretty high-scoring too," he said.
Remarkably, Charlton has not played since its round 18 win over St Arnaud on August 17.
The minor premier had a bye in round 19 before a fortnight off to start the finals something that Standfield believes could work in the Saints' favour.
"Charlton might take in players in that are fully-fit, but haven't played that much footy in the past five or six weeks," he said.
Both sides are full of class, with St Arnaud boasting Northern Territory Football League guns Dion Munkara and Ross Tungatalum and classy playing-coach James McNamee.
McNamee, who has signed on for two more seasons at the Saints, finished runner-up in last week's Feeny Medal count after a sensational season on the forward line.
Add to that the bigger-bodied pair of Russell Grigg and Dan McGrath, and impressive midfielder Lee Stewart and there is a good sprinkle of quality players.
The Navy Blues are no different, with star forward Joe McGrath in solid touch, as is on-baller Ben Walklate.
Both sides will be near full-strength, with Charlton hoping midfielder Luke Kyriakides will be fully-fit, while hamstrung key forward Josh McKee should be right to play.
Hard-running ball magnet Aaron Walklate is also a chance to line up against the Saints.
Doubt surrounds St Arnaud's Tiwi Island excitement machine Rupert Pupangamirri, who has not played since round 18.
Last time the two sides met, Charlton smashed the Saints by 80 points.
But in the finals, it is anyone's game.
Lance Standfield's tip: Charlton by 12 points.