Their fate is still in their own hands but St George Illawarra will need to produce a dramatic form turnaround to make any finals appearance worthwhile after going down 28-26 Gold Coast on Sunday.
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GROUP SEVEN TIM KEEBLE In the end a single penalty goal proved decisive in Kiama's gripping 8-6 triumph over long-time rivals Gerringong on Saturday at Michael Cronin Oval.
MITCH JENNINGS Wests snatched premiership favouritism and the first berth in this year's grand final with a thrilling 28-26 victory over minor premiers Helensburgh in Sunday's major semi-final at WIN Stadium.
TIM KEEBLE Campbell Town coach Owen Gregory all but dared rivals to write off the Harlequins when the four-team finals series kicks off this weekend.
TIM KEEBLE The runway is clear for the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets to soar to another against-the-odds premiership.
MITCH JENNINGS It was one of 10 tries in a high-scoring affair but both coaches agree Thirroul forward Joel Ruskin's 39th-minute four-pointer was the most telling moment of the Butchers' 34-24 minor semi-final victory over Dapto on Saturday.
MITCH COHEN At a time when apprentices riding Group 1s were few and far between, Bart Cummings gave a promising teenager a chance he remains 'thankful' for to this day.
MITCH JENNINGS Illawarra finished their season with yet another agonisingly close 34-28 loss to Penrith at Pepper Stadium on Saturday.
MIKE DRISCOLL Wests Cardinals feasted on an error-riddled Berkeley Eagles performance to keep their Illawarra baseball premiership hopes alive with a 8-5 victory in Saturday's elimination semi-final at Cringila Park.