Minor and reigning premiers Kalangadoo are set to complete an unblemished home-and-away season with a solid victory at Glencoe.
The Magpies lifted a notch in round 17 against Kongorong to ensure popular clubman Chris Mules would have a memorable 300th game.
The visitors will maintain the intensity against their traditional foes with the rivalry dating back almost 100 years to the early 1920s.
The Murphies are staging their annual premiership reunion day but the old-timers will watch the A Grade scoreboard with increasing anguish as the match progresses.
Post-match, the Max Matthews Memorial Cup will almost certainly head home with the Magpies.
It honours the memory of the post-war premiership player with Kalangadoo and Glencoe.
Kongorong v Port MacDonnell
It would take a remarkable reversal of fortunes for Kongorong to defeat Port MacDonnell at home on Saturday as the 2021 minor round of the Mid South East Football League draws to a close.
Not only would the Hawks reclaim the Bruce Lightbody Memorial Shield for the first time in many seasons, their victory would dislodge the Demons from second place and consign the seasiders to a cut-throat first semi final against either Robe or Hatherleigh.
Nothing would give supporters of the black-and-gold greater delight than to see their arch rivals lose momentum on the eve of the finals.
Nevertheless, a home team victory looks highly unlikely given what is at stake for Port MacDonnell and the relative form and playing strengths of the two combatants.
There is a slight possibility that new Demon assistant coach Kevin Thomson may be able to kick a big bag of goals and wrestle the MSEFL goal-kicking trophy from Kalangadoo’s Michael Krieger.
Robe v Mount Burr
After being in the top two for most of the minor round, Robe’s consecutive losses to Kalangadoo and Port MacDonnell has sent the Roosters tumbling down to fourth place.
To avoid a cut-throat first semi-final, the home team must defeat Mount Burr at the seaside and rely on the results of two other games in round 18 going their way.
There was a wafer-thin margin when the teams last met in round 18 but the Mossies have since lost some of their sting.
Hatherleigh v Tantanoola
Many mobile phone calls will be emanating from the Hatherleigh Oval on Saturday to check on the fortunes of Port MacDonnell at Kongorong.
The Eagles would be hoping the Hawks lower the colours of the second-placed Demons and give them the second semi-final and double chance berth against the undefeated minor premiers Kalangadoo.
Until now, Hatherleigh has never been ranked higher than third in 2021.
There are a “couple of other ducks in a row” which have to line up for the elevation of the Eagles to second by the end of the minor round.
Hatherleigh has to win at home over Tantanoola which is likely and also hope that Robe does not defeat Mount Burr at the seaside by a huge percentage-boosting amount.
The Eagles scraped home over the Tigers by a mere five points at Tigerland on June 5.
A sidelight to the on-field action at Hatherleigh will be the reunion of the home team’s two senior teams from 1971.
They will mark the passing of 50 years since the A Grade achieved its breakthrough premiership while the B Grade was runners-up.
An earlier date for the reunion last month was cancelled owing to the State-wide COVID shut-down.