With the finals beckoning - or end of season festivities being planned - victories are ever more important for sporting teams in the Illawarra.
The Mercury was there to capture it all, with a mega gallery of pictures from the weekend’s action.
Collegians ensured they’ll feature in the Illawarra Coal League semi-finals with a thrilling 26-24 victory over winless Corrimal.
The Illawarra Cutters continues their march to the NSW Cup finals, coming from 12-nil down to thrash Wentworthville 44-18 and take control of second place on the ladder.
Defending Group Seven premiers showed they mean business in the leadup to finals, overpowering Berry-Shoalhaven Heads 64-4 at Michael Cronin Oval.
Illawarra hockey heavyweights Albion Park and University are on a collision course on Sunday after recording convincing wins last weekend.
The Wollongong Bulldogs closed in on the South Coast AFL minor premiership after holding off third-placed Northern Districts at Keira Oval.
Completing an action-packed weekend of sport, University continued its impressive form by beating Tech Waratahs 58-5, as Camden held off Vikings 24-19.
The Illawarra Stingrays won 4-2 over Northbridge, while Bulli made an impressive statement in the Illawarra Premier League, beating Dapto Dandaloo 5-0 and South Coast United fought back from 2-0 to beat Wollongong United 3-2.