PERHAPS it was a mere formality, but the membership of the Ballarat Football League top six is now set in stone following Saturday's victories to Ballarat and Redan in round 17 of BFL football.
Ballarat survived a scare from Bacchus Marsh at Melton Recreation Reserve to record a 10.14 (74) to 9.8 (62) victory. The match had been moved from the Cobras' home ground of Maddingley Park which had been inundated with water overnight.
The Swans led by nearly five goals at the final change before the Cobras kicked six goals to three in the fourth quarter.
Had Ballarat lost it would not have mattered, though. Melton South was gallant but overrun by Redan at City Oval, the Lions home 12.9 (81) to 5.10 (40). Scores were tight at three quarter time, the Lions up by 10 points, but a six goal to one final term killed off the Panthers' season.
In other matches, East Point enjoyed a 10 goal to six final term to thrash Lake Wendouree 22.17 (149) to 12.7 (79). And Melton ended its season on a high with a 9.10 (64) to 4.5 (29) victory over Sebastopol at MacPherson Park.