Ahead of SOUTH LAUNCESTON'S final-round clash against Old Scotch, Bulldogs coach Lenny Towns was pretty straight forward.
"Basically, we've got to win and if we don't, we don't play finals so that pretty much sums it up," he said.
His opposing coach Deb Reynolds elaborated on Towns' theory, as her second-placed Old Scotch faces the 2019 premier.
"Being the last round heading into finals it does mean something for South, they do need a win," she said.
"But at the same point, we go into each game with the best lineup we can put forward and the girls, they go after every game to improve and continue to learn."
After star midfielder Ella Maurer was drafted to North Melbourne in last week's AFLW draft, Reynolds said her side is still on a high.
"It shows for the competition with the new pathway through the NTFAW that if you have a dream, you can follow it and it can be achieved at this level.
"Our group in itself are very proud of Ella and the support that both her and Jemma [Blair] received pre, during and post draft has been impressive."
Regardless of South Launceston's result, HILLWOOD could shut the Bulldogs out with a win over Old Launcestonians.
But should the Sharks and the Bulldogs slip up, the Blues will find themselves finals bound as the 12-team competition features a very juicy finals battle.
"It's probably tough between both of us and South as to who is making finals so it's going to be an interesting weekend of football just to see who is going to claim that fifth spot," OLs coach Mark Prior said.
"It's been a long year since November, I think the girls are just starting to peak at the right time of the year and playing some good footy."
Hillwood's first year has been the most impressive out of the three new entities, sitting in the top five for the majority of the season having won six games and drawn one.
DELORAINE could double its season's wins, facing fellow first-season side Longford at home.
The Kangaroos broke through in their last match-up against Evandale, much to the delight of coach Brad Powe.
"It was just nice to see the girls get some reward for some real effort throughout the whole season," he said.
"The girls are looking forward to the last game and it's a good opportunity against another club that's first year in and probably very similar to us, so it gives us an opportunity to hopefully win our second one."
GEORGE TOWN finishes its season hosting the league's biggest challenge, Launceston.
Coach Dave Marshall has enjoyed the form of Isabella Brunacci, Tayla Marshall, Eileen Blyth and Jodie Clifford in recent weeks but knows Launceston will be a tough task.
"We are treating it as a challenge that's for sure, you've got to measure yourself against the best occasionally, we feel like we can at least take it up to them," he said.
In the remaining matches of the round, an upset loss and some unfortunate results could put BRIDGENORTH's finals campaign in jeopardy as the Parrots face Evandale, while third-placed Scottsdale hosts Meander Valley.
The 2020 Shield premiers have only dropped matches to fellow top-five sides Bridgenorth (round one), Launceston (round six) and Old Scotch (round 11).
- 4: Bridgenorth - 28 pts, 192.44 per cent
- 5: Hillwood - 26 pts, 131.62 per cent
- 6: South Launceston - 24 pts, 216.95 per cent
- 7: Old Launcestonians - 22 pts, 235.56 per cent