Despite suffering defeat on Saturday, Mt Xavier can book its place in finals with victory next weekend.
The team, which was well beaten by Ballarat Memorial Sports, just needs to defeat City Oval in round 18 to lock away its place in the playoff series.
Of course there’s many other scenarios that could see the team reach finals, but securing victory against the lowly Hawks is the way to guarantee a spot inside the top four.
And of course with a spot in finals comes a place in the new Ballarat-based premier league next season.
It has been decided that the top four from the current division one weekend pennant season joins the four Ballarat District Bowls Division sides now in Geelong-Ballarat Premier Bowls to form a new elite league in 2019-20.
Mt Xavier is fourth on the ladder, 12 points clear of Ballarat in fifth and 18 ahead of Central Wendouree in sixth.
Just one home and away round remains before finals.
BMS beat Mt Xavier on Saturday to secure the minor premiership.
The team is 19 points clear of second-placed Creswick.
The Wickers beat Central Wendouree at the weekend to lock away their place inside the top four.
Creswick scored four rink triumphs against the Bears and now hold an insurmountable break on the fifth-placed Ballarat.
Learmonth is also planning for a finals campaign after locking away its place on the weekend.
The team landed a big four-rink, 46-shot win over Ballarat, which now looks unlikely to play finals.
Ballarat should win its round 18 battle with Ballarat East, but still needs other results to go its way.
The Two Blues have had a season to forget and it got worse with another defeat on Saturday.
Ballarat East, which will finish a long last in 2018-19, went down to City Oval.
In the other match on Saturday afternoon, Webbcona proved too good for Smeaton.
Webbcona won all the rinks in a 107-73 victory.
- The second last home and away round of the midweek pennant bowls season will be played on Monday.