A scoreless draw with North West Sydney Koalas was enough for the Illawarra Stingrays to secure a home final in the NSW Women's Premier League.
The uneventful clash on a difficult ELS Hall Park surface kept the Stingrays on top of the table and unable to finish any lower than second in the regular season.
Illawarra shot out of the gates, dominating the opening exchanges before the Koalas worked their way back into the contest before half-time.
In the second half it was all the travelling outfit, as defender Kristen Lee marshalled an impressive Stingrays' backline to stifle everything the Koalas attack threw their way.
Chloe Middleton worked hard in midfield but was unable to help her teammates find the net, ensuring the points were shared in North Ryde.
"The two things I said to the girls before the game were - one, we wanted to win the game and two, we didn't want to lose it," Stingrays coach Brett Wallin said.
"In the second half we clearly dominated play and the physical contest as well.
"But in all honesty we didn't create any really good chances."
Wallin believes the surface was a major contributor to his squad's struggle to play their usual high quality game.
"We were playing on a pretty poor quality pitch which was like concrete so the ball just didn't sit down at all," Wallin said.
Illawarra has every chance of meeting the Koalas in the first round of the finals, which would fortunately be played at J J Kelly Park.
They currently hold a slender three-point lead on Marconi Stallions, who hold two games in hand on the Rays.