GOLDEN Rivers' home and away season is officially over for 2018 and Nullawil have claimed the minor premiership title holding top place on the ladder.
Their nearest rival is Ultima who sit one win below the Maroons and one win ahead of Wandella. These three sides will fiercely contest the finals series over coming weeks alongside Hay who hold an outside chance.
Wandella will now face Hay again in the first semi-final on Saturday. The loser of this game will bow out of grand final contention. In the goal kicking stakes, Arnold Kirby has stormed home to overtake Andrew Oberdorfer on the yearly leader board with a massive 10-goal haul in Ultima's clash against Macorna.
Kirby kicked a total of 78 goals in the home-and-away season followed by Nullawil's Oberdorfer on 73, Wandella's Justin Robinson on 66 and Nullawil's Phillip Lobb on 63.
WANDELLA VERSUS HAY
THIS game promised to be the match of the round and did not fail to deliver.
The first quarter was fiercely contested and both sides came to the table in great goal kicking form. Blustering winds affected accuracy around the ground but despite this, Wandella and Hay both managed to kick three goals for the term with Hay holding a two-point advantage heading into the second quarter.
Buoyed by the home-side supporters, Hay dominated the second term on the scoreboard but each goal was fiercely contested.
Dustin Duggan and Lachlan Cohen led by example for the Lions, winning the ball and ensuring Hay's opportunities. For the Bombers, Brodey Farley and Dillan Treacy led the way.
Hay went into the third term with a 12-point buffer but the Bombers were far from defeated.
They stood up to the Lion's goal kicking onslaught and were fortunate their opponent's seven behinds missed the big sticks, allowing them to stay within reach. Wandella had a more accurate time in front of goals adding two neat to their total.
The stage was set for a spectacular fourth term finale and Hay supporters gave their boys all the encouragement they could muster in the hope they could protect their 13-point advantage.
But Wandella proved why they are the reigning premiers, coming home with a 4.1 quarter while rendering their opponents scoreless.
The two sides will meet again this weekend in the first semi-final on Saturday with a chance for Hay to correct their poor fourth quarter effort. The game will be played at Ultima with the losing side dropping out of grand final contention.
MACORNA VERSUS ULTIMA
Ultima made light work of the Tigers downing them by 96 points at Macorna on Saturday.
While Macorna were beaten in the first term, they didn't look out of the game but Ultima's consistency in goal scoring opportunities eventually wore them down.
Macorna scored two goals for the first half of the game and did not register another for the remainder while Ultima went on to accumulate 15 for the day.
Arnold Kirby starred in front of goals kicking 10 of those. Jordan Simpson and Warren Ellwood were the Tigers' goal kickers. The loss marks the end of the season for Macorna who finished eighth on the ladder. Ultima will now have their work cut out for them when they take on top-placed Nullawil in the second semi-final in two weeks' time at Wandella.