THE Albury-Wodonga Junior Football League finals series begins on Sunday with semi-finals at Albury Sportsground and Xavier High School.
The final round of matches was played last weekend with Lavington finishing minor premiers just ahead of Wodonga.
Percentage separated the two teams which finished the season with 12-1 win-loss records.
They will meet in the second semi-final and Albury will play Scots in the first semi-final.
The Panthers beat Albury in the final round by 60 points with the competition’s leading goal-kicker Ryan Garthwwaite booting five goals to take his season tally to 54.
Wodonga had the bye in the final round and Scots played a draw with out of contention Yarrawonga.
Wodonga finished the home and away season undefeated in the under-14 division one competition and takes on Wodonga Raiders in the second semi-final.
The Bulldogs tuned up for the finals with a 93-point win against Scots with Jed Glass booting four goals in a best-on-ground display.
Raiders beat Albury by 23 points in the last game with Jacob Schmidt, Lachlan Carmody and Connor Newman in good form on the eve of the finals.
Yarrawonga and Lavington will meet for the second week in a row in the first semi-final.
The Pigeons beat the Panthers in the last round by 14 points despite Lavington leading narrowly at the last change.
Lavington edged out Albury for fourth spot due to a superior percentage.
Bailey Frauenfelder booted four of the Pigeons four goals with the winners also having good players in Ryan Bruce, Tana Freeman and Lewis Taylor.
The Panthers were well served by Carson Lehmann and Cody Mannagh.
The under-14 division two second semi-final will be played between North Albury and Albury.
The Hoppers finished one win ahead of the Albury on the ladder and tuned up for the finals with a 137-point win against Yarrawonga.
Zac Barrenechea booted nine goals for the Pigeons in a starring role.
Wodonga and Wodonga Raiders will meet in the first semi-final after both teams had contrasting final round performances.
The Bulldogs beat Lavington by 54 points and Raiders went down to Albury by 95 points.
Brock Armstrong, Casey George and Caleb Limbrick-Matchan will take some good form into the finals series for Wodonga.
Albury finished as minor premiers in the under-12 competition and will play Wodonga Raiders in the second semi-final.
The Tigers had the bye in the final round and Raiders were beaten by St Patrick’s in a performance which lifted the Patties into the finals at the expense of Corowa-Rutherglen.
The Raiders were missing some of their primemovers and the Patties recorded a 35-point win.
Daniel Turner and Sam Azzi played starring roles for the Patties and Zac Stephens clinched the under-12 goal-kicking award with three goals.
Corowa-Rutherglen went into the final round without its PSSA representatives Will Chandler and Charlie Langford and suffered a 12-point loss to Wodonga to drop out of the top four.
The Bulldogs will play the Patties in the first semi-final.