The Gungahlin Bulls will be hoping to maintain their recent form while the Yass Magpies will aim to keep their season alive as they take on West Belconnen.
With just three rounds left, the Tuggeranong Bushrangers will be looking to move one step closer to wrapping up the minor premiership this weekend.
Two wins from their remaining three games mathematically secures top spot and they will be hoping to claim two competition points against the Gungahlin Bulls this Saturday.
The Bushrangers five-eighth Blake Murray says they won’t be taking their opponents lightly though, particularly after the last-placed Belconnen United Sharks gave them a scare last week.
“We approach this week like we would any other game, as if we were versing a top four team,” Murray said. “We versed Sharks on the weekend who are down the bottom and it was a really scrappy game for us.
“We got up by six points, and we’ll take the two points, but if we come up against a team like the Bulls or Roos they’ll make us pay for it.”
The Bulls certainly won’t be pushovers, having lost just one of their last three matches including a draw against the Queanbeyan Blues in which they equalised with an after-the-siren field goal.
While their hopes of making the finals may be dashed, they’ll be looking to make life difficult for the Bushrangers on Saturday and make them work for the minor premiership.
Bulls’ veteran Michael Sollis spoke about how his side have approached their football in recent weeks.
“Even though we’re out of finals contention and have been for a few weeks we’ve just been really enjoying our footy and I think that’s probably paid off on the field as well,” Sollis said.
The Yass Magpies are the only side that are a realistic chance of shaking up the top four but a loss on Saturday ends any hopes of a finals berth.
They’ve lost their last three games against quality opposition but a win against the third placed Warriors will put them in good stead to challenge for fourth position.
The Warriors need just one win from the final three rounds to secure a finals berth but will be aiming higher with a top two finish well and truly within their grasp.
The minor premiership may be just out of reach but a win this week keeps alive the possibility of their Round 18 clash against the Kangaroos turning into a play off for second position.
The Queanbeyan Kangaroos are the best chance of snatching the minor premiership from the Bushrangers but if they are to mount a challenge they’ll have to beat the Belconnen United Sharks this weekend.
They’re on a six-game unbeaten run but there’s no room for complacency with such a close top four.
The Sharks are still searching for their first win of the season, but they did push the first-placed Bushrangers all the way last week and with nothing to lose they’ll play with plenty of freedom on Saturday.
A loss this week ends the Blue’s mathematical chances of making the finals.
The defending premiers have slipped down the ladder during their seven-game winless run but the side put in a good showing against the Kangaroos last weekend.
The Bulldogs’ can’t make the finals but would love a couple of wins to finish their season on a high.
Written by Vincent Smith-Koppie