Picton Magpies secured the Group 6 first grade minor premiership after a 32-22 win at home against The Oaks Tigers on the weekend.
The Oaks shot out to a 10-point lead at one stage however a vocal crowd managed to spur the Magpies to victory.
A double to Michael Lett helped the black and white secure the two points and leave the Tigers in a precarious position outside the top five. Tigers coach Michael Brasington along with trio Shaun Finnerty, Kyle Bell and Chris Vaotuua were among the away side’s best.
The Oaks will need to beat the Thirlmere Roosters if they want to play a part in this year’s final series.
The other match of the split round saw Camden Rams host Mittagong Lions at Harvey Sheppard Oval.
Both sides fought valiantly however they couldn’t be separated after 80 minutes with the final score 20-20.
The Lions trailed 20-10 at half time but managed to claw their way back in the second half to split the points.
The match for supporters and neutrals alike was a thriller with tough, uncompromising defence, strategic kicking and attacking raids, which led to scoring and desperate defence.
Camden centre Dylan Noble was impressive for the Rams, with two tries to his name.
He also made several threatening raids which caused the Mittagong defence headaches.
Mittagong’s Ben Powell and Ash Brown also bagged doubles, with Powell’s second a long range effort.
Players from both sides came together for a scuffle however Powell played on and reaped the rewards.
The Rams and Lions now sit fourth and fifth on the ladder on 14 points. The Oaks also have 14 points but are in sixth position due to points differential. Thirlmere and Campbelltown City Kangaroos are both on 16 points but only the Magpies (22 points) are guaranteed of playing finals football.
Next week’s matches will see Thirlmere host The Oaks, Camden travel east along Narellan Road to face Campbelltown, and Picton head south along the Hume Highway to Mittagong.
Notable results from other grades on the weekend included Mittagong easily accounting for Camden 54-16 in the under 18s. However the Rams got revenge, beating the Lions 64-0 in the League Tag competition.