The Finals Race: Which CSUFC sides will contest finals in 2017?

With just one round to play in the regular season, most CSUFC sides have already had their fortunes secured – with a number of Stags and Vixens teams ready for a tilt at a premiership.

Both of our Third Grade Vixens sides will play finals regardless of their final round results after quality seasons from both red and white. The former will finish in either fourth, fifth or six depending on results and will face third placed Macquarie United to determine their final standing. Meanwhile, the latter will do battle with top side Kinross Wolaroi with a fourth or fifth place finish looking the most likely.

Our Second Grade Ladies have been a revelation this season and will be rewarded for their form with a finals spot. The Vixens will face a winless Panda outfit in their final matchup of the regular season, with a victory ensuring them fourth spot.

As has been the case in seasons gone by, a dominant First Grade Vixens side has captured the minor premiership weeks before the final round. Alex Finall’s side will finish eight points ahead of the pack with a bye rounding out their campaign as they head into finals.

On the male side of things, neither of our Fourth Grade sides will contest the business end of the season despite some promising early signs. Both Nick Gammage’s men and Maddie Hickey’s mixed side sit at the foot of the table as we head into the last round and will, unfortunately, be mere spectators in the finals series.

Its been a positive season for the Third Grade Stags who will finish their regular season in fifth or sixth spot and secure a finals spot. Their final match will be played against ladder ladders Lithgow City Rangers in Lithgow on Sunday – a good final hit out before they embark on a tough do or die finals campaign.

Our Second Grade Men will not play finals in 2017 after a frustrating campaign saw them slip gradually out of contention. The Stags will end their campaign just one spot out of the top six and will play their final match of the season against third placed Oberon at Proctor on Sunday – hopefully they go out with a bang.

The first ever season of the Bathurst Premier League has dealt mixed fortunes to our two First Grade sides. White wrapped up the minor premiership with a 2-2 draw against second placed Panorama Red on Wednesday night and will head into the finals series as favourites to secure back to back titles. Contrastingly, it’s been a struggle for Rhys Manners’ First Grade Red who will finish in eighth spot on the ladder regardless of the result of their final round clash with last-placed Lithgow Workies Black.

Its been a great season, with six CSUFC sides, including each and every one of our Vixens sides, to contest finals in 2017.

Good luck to everyone in the finals!

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