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SABL season set for thrilling finish
02/27/2017 8:09 PM ET
 

The 2016/17 SABL Div. 1 Premiership regular season is set to come to a thrilling conclusion this week with only two fixtures for each team remaining on the schedule.

Six of the thirteen teams can still mathematically finish the regular season on top and seven remain in finals contention. 

The seven teams in finals contention had an adventerous weekend with the table continuing to take shape. 

Goodwood earned the most significant victories of the weekend by beating West Torrens twice on Sunday. The two losses sent West Torrens from first place to fourth place and fighting for their finals' lives. Goodwood entered the weekend with 41 premiership points, barely holding on to a finals spot. The win moves them to fifth spot on the ladder and just a single point behind West Torrens.

Glenelg also bolstered their finals chances with two wins over Woodville on Sunday to push themselves to 44 points and two points ahead of Adelaide for the last finals spot.

Seventh-placed Adelaide Angels kept their finals hopes alive by splitting a double-header with third-placed Sturt. Adelaide won 1-0 and lost 8-1 in the two games.

In a clash between the two top-of-the-ladder squads, Kensington and Port Adelaide split their two games. Kensington won game one 4-0 and Port Adelaide won game two 1-0. 

Here is a look at the premiership table (2 points per win):

Kensington Cardinals - 47 points
Port Adelaide Magpies - 47 points
Sturt Saints - 46 points
West Torrens - 46 points 
Goodwood - 45 points
Glenelg - 44 points
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Adelaide - 42 points

In the SABL finals, the #1 seed plays the #6 seed, the #2 seed plays the #5 seed and the #3 seed plays the #4 seed. The highest ranked losing team of the best-of-three series will earn a pass to the second round.

There are six games on Wednesday evening - the penultimate round of the season - with five of them having significant playoff implications. 

#4 West Torrens (46 points) @ #7 Adelaide (42 points)

It's pretty simple for both teams. If West Torrens win they lock down a finals spot. If Adelaide lose it becomes nearly impossible for them to chase down any of the teams above them in the standings. 

If Adelaide win, however, then things become very interesting. The win would push them to 44 points - just two points behind the Eagles who were in first place just 48 hours ago.

#5 Goodwood (45 points) @ #3 Sturt (46 points)

One of these teams will leave this game with a significant boost to their playoff chances. A win for either team guarantees a spot in the finals. A loss and things could become more complicated. 

#6 Glenelg (44 points) @ #13 Northern Districts (6 points)

Glenelg needed two wins on the weekend and they got them. Now they have a chance to cement a finals' spot and move one step closer to repeating as champions.

#8 Henley and Grange (32 points) @ #2 Port Adelaide (47 points)

Port Adelaide are definitely going to the finals but can they win the minor premiership too? They'll have to beat Henley and Grange at home for this dream to remain in tact.

#12 Southern Districts (12 points) @ #1 Kensington (47 points)

Kensington are fighting to keep their dynasty alive and well. A win this season would give them four premierships in five seasons. Their mid-season addition of Northern Districts transfer and Bite star Sean Callegari has been a huge boost to their side. Kensington can't slip up against a bottom team.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.