THERE will be a taste of what could be to come in the upcoming BBD weekend pennant finals when the top four teams are all in action against each other in a blockbuster round on Saturday.
Bendigo East, South Bendigo, Kangaroo Flat and Eaglehawk are all locked in as the four finalists, but there is still plenty of jostling for positions to be done.
Reigning premier Bendigo East (166) has a 22-point advantage in top spot, but then follows South Bendigo (144), Kangaroo Flat (142) and Eaglehawk (133) separated by just 11 points.
Among Saturday's round 13 games are Eaglehawk taking on South Bendigo and Bendigo East playing Kangaroo Flat in what could both be potential week one finals match-ups.
Bendigo East will be aiming to avenge its only loss of the season in its clash with Kangaroo Flat.
When they last met in round six Kangaroo Flat prevailed by 16 shots and heads into Saturday's re-match off the back of four wins in a row, during which the rink of Barry Anset is unbeaten.
The contest will feature the BBD's three top rinks this season in East's Lee Schraner (No.1) and Brad Marron (No.2) and the Flat's Anset (No.3).
Meanwhile, Eaglehawk must beat South Bendigo at home to keep alive its hopes of the double chance.
Both teams are coming off thrillers last week when the Hawks tied with Bendigo East and the Diggers snuck past Inglewood by two shots.
Dean Carter's rink is in strong form for the Hawks with four wins in a row by 18, 5, 12 and 15 shots, while South's top rink is that of coach Brad Holland, which is +5, +20 and +12 in its past three games.
Saturday's matches also feature Bendigo playing Inglewood in a tussle that will have a major bearing on who ends up with the wooden spoon, and Golden Square hosting Castlemaine.
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