WITH three rounds remaining in the Wimmera Netball Association’s A Grade season, the competition’s top five has started to take shape.
Six sides are still in contention to feature at the business end of the season.
Two-time reigning premier Horsham is deadlocked with Ararat on points, albeit with a hefty percentage buffer.
The Demons and Rats will battle it out for top spot and an automatic pass through to the second week of finals.
Both sides will be more than confident of winning their final three games.
The Demons will take on bottom side Nhill, followed by finals contenders Warrack Eagles and Horsham Saints.
The Rats have a run of similar difficulty, meeting Dimboola, the Tigers and Stawell.
A win for the third-placed Warrack Eagles against Minyip-Murtoa on Saturday will all but seal third place.
Fourth-placed Dimboola is guaranteed a finals berth for the first time in 39 years, but could potentially finish third or fifth depending on how strongly it finishes the season.
Horsham Saints are locked in a two-way battle with Stawell for the final top-five spot.
A win for the Saints this week would all but seal it, while if the Warriors were to triumph, they would draw level on points with two matches to play.
The Warriors then face a winnable game against Minyip-Murtoa before a tough ask against Ararat, while the Saints finish against two sides above them on the ladder, Dimboola and Horsham.
Nhill and Minyip-Murtoa will battle it out for the wooden spoon.
The Burras won their first game since 2012 in round 12, while the Tigers are yet to win this season.
But only two points separate the seventh-placed Burras and eighth-placed Tigers, making a win vitally important for either side.