TWO days of cricket and four semi-final places up for grabs. Goulburn’s second grade regular season draws to a close this weekend yet the semifinal picture is far from clear.
Four teams are set to fight it out for the last remaining place in the top four. Workers Stags Blue, Hibo Tully Park Gold and the Coolavin Cowboys are assured of playoff places.
The final spot in the top four, however, remains up-for-grabs.
Workers Stags White currently hold fourth place, but only by the barest of margins.
Nipping at their heels are the Coolavin Young Guns, Hibo Tully Park Green and the Mad Bulls.
The Gordon Hotel is stone motherless last on 64 competition points and won’t come into the finals calculations.
On Saturday, the number crunching begins.
The Coolavin Cowboys meet the Gordon Hotel at Trinity in a match that has little impact on the semi-final lineup. Even so, there’s plenty at stake.
The Cowboys can secure a top two place, and with it a second chance in week one of the finals, should they roll they Gordon.
In the second of four matches on Saturday, the Mad Bulls host defending champions Workers Stags Blue at Marulan.
The Mad Bulls, last summer’s grand finalists, must win outright and rely on other results if they’re to rise from seventh to fourth.
Elsewhere, the fast finishing Coolavin Young Guns meet Hibo Tully Green at Kenmore and Workers Stags White play Hibo Tully Park Gold at Seiffert Oval.
On Sunday, day two of the showdowns continues.
Those vying for fourth spot – namely Workers Stags White, the Young Guns, Hibo Tully Park Green and the Mad Bulls – will each be desperate for outright victories.
The make up of the third grade top four, however, looks more settled.
The two Hibo Tully Park outfits are fighting for fourth sport, while Workers Stags harbours hopes of a top two finish.
On Saturday the two Hibo Tully Park outfits play off for fourth place while the Black Sheep Irish Pub meets Workers Stags.
On Sunday, the Lake George Bunyips take guard against the Colts and Workers Stags play Hibo Tully Park.
The pecking order
Workers Stags Blue …144
Hibo Tully Park Gold …116
Coolavin Cowboys …106
Workers Stags White …80
Coolavin Young Guns …76
Hibo Tully Park Green …76
Mad Bulls …70
Gordon Hotel …64
Lake George Bunyips …126
Black Sheep Pub …90
Workers Stags …88
Hibo Tully Colts …64
Hibo Tully Park …64