Mitta United and Dederang Mount Beauty will contest sudden death a week out from the finals.
The Blues will host Dederang in Saturday’s final round.
Mitta holds down fifth spot on 40 points, with a percentage of 94.91.
The Bombers are a win back, but have a percentage of 99.70.
Mitta’s percentage took a pounding in Saturday’s 85-point hiding away to Tallangatta, 15.18 (108) to 3.5 (23).
Tallangatta’s Kaine Parsons booted five goals and Andrew Dear three.
Jake Maddock was outstanding for the home team, with strong support from Rhett Thomson.
The Blues’ best were Joe Hodgkin and Drew Cameron.
Meanwhile, Dederang proved too strong for Yackandandah, 8.7 (55) to 4.2 (26).
Former Wodonga player Cody Hewat kicked four majors, with Adam Schupina starring for the visitors.
Joel Bannister was the pick of the Roos.
Thurgoona joined Barnawartha on 14 wins apiece with an 11.15 (81) to 8.9 (57) win over the Tigers.
“It wasn’t a great game of footy, it was two sides having a crack,” Thurgoona co-coach Jamarl O’Sullivan said.
Charlie Williams was terrific for the Bulldogs, across half-forward and through the midfield, Mark Haydon was superb in defence, while wingman Cody Mannagh was strong.
“We thought he took a really big step as a young player,” O’Sullivan said.
“We know he’s got the skill, he’s usually pretty silky, but he showed his toughness as well.”
O’Sullivan said it was difficult for both teams, given the pair is unlikely to finish outside the top three, to treat it like a must-win game, but he admits the fierce nature was the ideal finals dress rehearsal.
“Yeah, I think (it will benefit) both sides, just the hardness and the contested footy,” he said.
Elsewhere, Kiewa Sandy Creek virtually guaranteed the minor premiership with a 20.19 (139) to 5.11 (41) thumping of Beechworth.
The Hawks’ Guy Telford kicked six goals, while Jake Uslar and Ben Murphy bobbed up with three apiece.
Scott Bartel and Ryan Wallace were inspirational for the visitors.
The Bushies’ Kayde Surrey and Hamish Malsem were the home team’s top performers.
Chiltern upset Rutherglen, 11.15 (81) to 10.5 (65).
Michael McWilliams landed three majors for the Swans, with Chris Anderson and Brodie Oates featuring.
Tom Quinn kicked four goals, with Chris Oats playing well.
And Wahgunyah beat Wodonga Saints, 11.11 (77) to 9.9 (63).
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