A final-round battle to save relegation is shaping up between Webbcona and Ballarat Memorial Sports.
With City of Geelong well down at the bottom of the table and almost certainly facing the drop at the end of the season, it appears one of the two Ballarat-based sides are destined to finish inside the bottom two.
As it stands, City of Geelong is last on the ladder (43 points), with Webbcona (83), BMS (95) and Eastern Park (106) the next in line.
Victoria is sixth on the table, 14 points ahead of Eastern Park.
Both Webbcona and BMS have difficult round 16 and 17 matches before they go head to head in the last game.
Eastern Park, meanwhile, can look forward to a good win over City of Geelong this Saturday before clashes with Sebastopol and Bareena.
Assuming City of Geelong is destined to fall, and if ninth place is occupied by either Webbcona or BMS, then the 6-4 divide in favour of the Geelong region will remain in the premier competition next season.
But if Eastern Park joins the City of Geelong outfit in the bottom two at season’s end, then the even split of 5-5 will return in 2018-19.
In big games this Saturday, fourth-placed Sebastopol will host third-placed Ocean Grove, while Lara travels to Victoria in a battle between fifth and sixth.
While there is three home and away rounds remaining in the premier league, just two are left before finals in Ballarat’s division one weekend pennant competition.
Last weekend’s double-header of games on Saturday and Sunday saw Buninyong and Creswick both land two wins to power up the table.
And the two in-form sides will meet in this Saturday’s round of matches.
Another big contest will see the fourth-placed City Oval travel to take on Mt Xavier, which is fifth.
Elsewhere, top team Ballarat East will come up against an out-of-sorts Ballarat side that has slipped to sixth, Sebastopol and Learmonth is set to lock horns and Webbcona is scheduled to host Central Wendouree, which tumbled out of the top four with back-to-back losses last weekend.