Before we arrive at the '23 finals series, we need to discover who will be there! Below are all the possibilities that the final round holds Top Spot @insider and his Armadillos have this one wrapped up. A super impressive season that has seen only 2 losses for the boys from Ararat will have them selecting their week 1 finals opponent first. The rest of the top 4 Serengeti are currently in 2nd spot and a game clear of the chasing pack. Although not as strong in the points for column, a final round matchup against Hughenden should keep them safely locked away. @bryzza has his Vikings humming and are too good to drop out of 3rd which leaves Pakenham, Cow Bay & Korumburra the live chances to grab the final spot. @ddsaints holds the whip hand as the Parasites currently occupy 4th spot with a final round matchup against bottom of the table Eden. @fresh's Crocs will be lurking as they should take care of the Cormorants while @Mick will have a tough time to get his Blowflys any higher as they take on long time sparring partners, Ararat. 7th spot If the Blowflys can't cause an upset, @YAD69 has a free hit to try and get his Barracudas up from their current 7th position. Knowing they can't drop any lower, Groote Eylandt can go all out to try and topple the Huskies in their final round matchup and if they can get the win as well as outscore the Blowflys by 242 points in a Korrumburra loss, they'll jump up to 6th and the Blowflys drop to 7th. The final spot for the finals This is where things get really interesting, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Keep in mind ORFFU fans, contrary to published data, Staghorn Flat currently sit in 8th spot on 8 wins just above the Barcrawlers who have donated a win back to Southern Cross and Christmas Island. Waiting in the background are Blanchetown and Coolgardie, one win further back on 7. It is a 5 horse race for one final spot so who is going to take it? Sorry Prospector fans, it's not going to be you in season '23. @JPK's boys are too far back in the points for column to overtake the teams ahead of them. What they do have the opportunity to do though is throw a real spanner in the works for @tyze1 and his Bulls. Staghorn currently hold this 8th spot and with a strong points scoring record across the year, know that a win will mean they will play finals. They'll need to get past a strong Prospector outfit to do it though in a matchup separated by less than 40 points on average scoring over the last 4 weeks. That gives @choppers & @DamoH real hope. Although well behind on scoring, given they are both already on an equal amount of 8 wins, they'll only need to win their final round matchups to steal that final spot should the Bulls slip up. We say 'only' need to win but for the Smugglers that isn't going to happen as they run into a red hot Vikings team while suffering from a significant form slump themselves. Banchang has a much more winnable game against King Island. That leaves the Bunyips with only the slightest of chances of sneaking in. @martyg will need to see a Coolgardie victory over Staghorn as well as losses for both Christmas Island and Banchang as well as ensuring his Bunyips take care of Southern Cross. Not impossible but unlikely which will be unfotunate given the Bunyips are probably playing as well as anyone outside the top 4 teams right now. A costly loss in a winnable game against the Blowflys in round 19 looks like it will haunt the Blanchetown boys until regrouping for next year. Conclusion The top 7 is set with only some minor shuffling possible but the race for 8th is on. Staghorn have the best chance at snaring the final remaining spot to play finals but will need to beat Coolgardie while Banchang are the ones most likely to overtake given any slip up with Blanchetown the dark horse if any final round shenanigans are thrown into the mix. Best of luck to all involved!