Deniliquin Pastoral Times

The final round

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The final round of Premier League will be played Saturday, with three teams fighting it out for the last two finals places.

In the match of the round Old Boys take on Bush Whackers. While both teams are assured of a finals place, the winner will claim the minor premiershi­p and face the fourt placed team in the knockout semi-finals.

Old Boys proved to be the Bush Whackers’ nemesis last season, Bush Whackers only losing two matches all year and both to Old Boys.

Bush Whackers have scored consistent­ly all season, but that may not be enough this week against the Old Boys who have surged to the top of the ladder with scintillat­ing form over the past two weeks, scoring more than 145 points each week. That form will be very hard to beat, so expect Old Boys to win.

Third place COVID-8 and fourth place Hit & Hope play what is essentiall­y a qualifying final, with a win for either team guaranteei­ng they play finals.

The losing side will have a nervous wait on the result of the Eagles & Birdies versus the Wedgies match, where a win to the Eagles & Birdies will see them leapfrog the loser.

COVID-8 will start clear favourites in the match having scored 148 and 140 points respective­ly in the last two weeks.

Having learned from last season’s failures, COVID-8 has had six to eight players on course every week, and that has made a massive difference to their team scoring, making them deserving finalists if they make it.

Hit & Hope has a season best score of 139 points scored in round eight, so perhaps they have found the form necessary to cause an upset, however, they will be missing one of their most consistent scorers in Leigh Chappell.

It is an absence that will be hard to overcome, so expect COVID-8 to take the win and secure their finals berth.

As mentioned, the equation for Eagles & Birdies is simply win or go home. But coming off two consecutiv­e losses, they will need to find some form in their match against the Wedgies.

The Wedgies have had a disappoint­ing season, but like other teams have found their best form in the last two weeks, recording their best scores of the season.

The average scores for both teams are 134 points, suggesting a draw is a very real possibilit­y. But with more to play for expect Eagles & Birdies to claim a narrow win.

Pride is on the line in the last two matches, with the Crackers taking on TaylorMaid­s and WOTAM playing the Water Wizards.

The Crackers chance at finals was ended last week, but win or lose this week they can be proud of their efforts in their first season of Premier League competitio­n.

Their opponents TaylorMaid­s will be looking for a win to escape the bottom of the ladder, and with that to play for expect Ali Ferguson to have her team out in force.

In what is expected to be another close match based on average scores across the season, TaylorMaid­s will take the win with just a little more to play for.

WOTAM have lived up to their name — waste of time and money — with the season now lost despite being one of the best teams on paper. They play the Water Wizards this week whose form has been up and down all year, just like the river.

Both teams will be looking to finish with a win no doubt, but it will be the Wizards taking the honours which just might relegate WOTAM to the bottom of the ladder.

A reminder to all Premier League players that play is Saturday only for the remainder of the competitio­n.

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