Corowa-Rutherglen and Wodonga have downplayed the significance of Saturday's wooden spoon decider.
The pair has just one win apiece with the loser claiming sport's most dreaded title.
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"It's a big game obviously where both clubs are, but it's more just about giving our guys the opportunity to hopefully win a game of footy and get the feeling which comes with that," Roos' coach Marc Almond said.
"Our journey or direction's not going to change if we win one, two or three games, we're really clear on where we are and where we're coming from."
The Roos had two winless wooden spoons in 2016-17 before improving that record to three wins under Almond.
Wodonga is staring at the worst season in its proud history with an away loss set to eclipse the win and draw in 2014.
"Obviously there will be some talk the loser will finish the bottom of the ladder, it's not something we'll worry about too much," coach Zac Fulford said.