COBDEN and District and Port Fairy will battle for the final Western Regional State League (WRSL) finals spot tonight.
The Bombers and Seagulls have identical 3-3 win-loss records entering the WRSL’s final round at the Arc.
Cobden and District sits 0.24 per cent ahead of Port Fairy in fourth spot.
Third-placed Hampden Green has a 4-2 record, but isn’t guaranteed a finals spot.
A loss to bottom side Warrnambool and District and Bombers and Seagulls wins would put Hampden Green in jeopardy given its percentage of 92.47.
Cobden and District battles ladder-leader Hampden White and Port Fairy meets lowly Colac and District.
Camperdown Night and Timboon Night play in the other match.
The Bombers’ game is the late match at 9.15pm.
Hampden White, the only undefeated team entering round seven, sits at the top of the table. Second-placed Camperdown Night (5-1) has also had a strong season.
WRSL court supervisor Marg Morgan said the battle for finals spots was interesting.
“It is always great for the competition to get to this last round and so many variables can come out of it,” she said.
Hampden White co-coach Leah Kermeen said the side’s success had surpassed its expectations.
“I guess it is always a bit difficult when you’re bringing players together from different teams, so initially we were using it as a pre-season competition but as it’s developed we’ve gelled quite well,” she said.
“We certainly wouldn’t have thought we’d be on top of the ladder going into the last round. It’s been quite difficult week-to-week to have available players.
“We have 11 players and some weeks we’ve had seven. It’s been hit and miss who we’ve had, so given that it’s good to be on top.”
Kermeen credited Hampden White’s dominance to its mix of youth and experience.
“Jess O’Connor has had a standout tournament, as have the Billings sisters, Skye and Jordan,” she said.
Kermeen said Gabrielle Brown, Carley Thomas and herself were White’s experienced trio.
Hampden White is expecting Cobden to threaten its unbeaten record tonight.
“They have picked up a few new players and have quite a big list, so they’re certainly very strong, especially with Maddie Smedts steering the ship through the centre,” Kermeen said.
In the 17 and under competition, top two teams Terang and District and Hampden Red meet.
Terang and District is undefeated, while Hampden Red has just one loss to its name.
Third-placed Warrnambool City plays winless Colac and District and fourth-placed Warrnambool and District clashes with Hampden Green, which is out of the finals race. Camperdown Night has the bye.