Stage set for interesting season's end | North Central Football League

There were no surprises in Saturday’s round of matches, setting up an interesting final two rounds of the home and away season.

The Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers had a tough battle to get the points off the Charlton Navy Blues but found a way to get home by around a four-goal margin. The Tigers’ win has elevated them into the top four replacing the St Arnaud Saints.

The Tigers have a tough game next week when they meet top side Wycheproof-Narraport at Sea Lake. A win over the Demons would certainly help them retain a spot in the top four. If the Tigers are defeated, they will need to defeat the St Arnaud Saints in the final game to book a place in the finals.

St Arnaud suffered a huge defeat at the hands of Birchip-Watchem, making its chances of gaining a finals berth a little bit tougher with only two rounds to go.

The Saints’ next two matches are no certainties, they meet the Wedderburn Redbacks at Donaldson Park and the two sides have had two close games both times they have played.

Following the Redbacks, they take on Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers in the final round which will more than likely decide who claims fourth spot and a chance to take out the Halfhide Cup for 2018.

Donald, who had little trouble in accounting for the Boort Magpies, are now six points clear of the Saints and four points and percentage clear of the Tigers so one win from their final two games will give them a finals berth.

Top side Wycheproof-Narraport had to fight all the way for the four points over the Wedderburn Redbacks.

The Redbacks made a late run to cause an upset, but time run out and at full-time, they fell short of getting the job done to go down by 20 points.

- Contributed by the North Central Football League