THE last round of the Intrust Super Cup has arrived.

But, as was expected, there is still so much to be decided ahead of the opening week of finals.

The minor premiership is up for grabs, while the home finals, as well as who will finish in the top six, are to be determined.

Here is what everyone is fighting for this weekend.

 

 

Redcliffe's Tom Opacic. Picture: David Clark
Redcliffe's Tom Opacic. Picture: David Clark

MINOR PREMIERSHIP

Contenders: Redcliffe Dolphins, Burleigh Bears

Favourite: Redcliffe. The Dolphins sit in first place on 33 points and have the second best for-and-against in the competition with 189. All they have to do to guarantee themselves the minor premiership is claim a win over the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

 

Dark horse: Burleigh. The Bears are the only team who can knock Redcliffe out of top spot. They sit in second on 32 points. However, they have one of the toughest games of the round when they meet Easts at Langlands Park on Saturday for the Channel 9 TV game. Both teams have plenty to fight for and - while the Bears will be happy with a second-place finish and a guarantee of two weeks of finals football - they will have their sights set on the minor premiership.

 

The Burleigh Bears will have their eyes on the minor premiership. Picture: SMPIMAGES.COM/Newscorp
The Burleigh Bears will have their eyes on the minor premiership. Picture: SMPIMAGES.COM/Newscorp

WEEK 1: HOME FINALS

Contenders: Townsville Blackhawks, Easts Tigers, Northern Pride, PNG Hunters

Favourite: Townsville. It is unlikely that the third-placed Blackhawks will lose their chance to host a game in week one of the finals. They have been one of the most consistent teams this year and boast the strongest for-and-against. They will meet Wynnum Manly this Saturday, with Townsville the obvious favourites.

Dark horse: Northern Pride. Many have tipped Easts to win this year's premiership after a stunning run to the top six in the second half of this season. But the Tigers continue to be upset by the ins and outs of their Melbourne affiliates and face a massive challenge at Burleigh this weekend. If they lose, that opens the door for Northern Pride to claim a win over Tweed Heads and leapfrog Easts to move back into fourth spot, with both sides sitting on 28 points. PNG are the major outsiders to claim a home final.

 

A match between Townsville Blackhawks and Easts Tigers at Jack Manski Oval this season. The Blackhawks should get a home final.
A match between Townsville Blackhawks and Easts Tigers at Jack Manski Oval this season. The Blackhawks should get a home final.

SIXTH PLACE

Contenders: PNG Hunters, Ipswich Jets

Favourite: PNG. The reigning premiers hold sixth spot at this stage and are tipped to beat the Capras this weekend. Like Easts, they have made a strong mid-season run to be in finals contention and to back up last year's fairytale season. All they need to do to hold sixth spot (or move higher) is claim that win on Saturday.

Dark horse: Ipswich. The Jets sit two points behind the Hunters. However, if PNG lose and Ipswich win, they will move into sixth spot with just one point separating them on for-and-against. The Jets will know ahead of their clash with Norths on Sunday if their finals fate has been decided as the Hunters play on Saturday. But if the Capras manage to strike up an upset win over PNG, the Jets will certainly deliver.