Wodonga coach Jordan Taylor has thrown his support behind the 'left field' concept of a top eight finals system.
Rounds 13 and 14 have now been scrapped.
"Of course, people will say you only want it because Wodonga is seventh, but I'm talking about it across all grades," Taylor suggested.
The senior top five was realistically decided when Lavington, Wodonga and Corowa-Rutherglen fell three wins behind fifth.
In reserve grade, sixth-placed Wodonga sits two wins behind Wangaratta Rovers, while at under 18 level, fifth-placed Rovers lead Wodonga by percentage, with Yarrawonga a further two wins back.
"This is a different season and we need to keep the interest in the league," Taylor offered.
"If it remains a top five, a lot of the games mean nothing, but if it's a top eight, a large number have something riding on them."
In a top five, only two of the final 20 games left will potentially have an influence.
Third-placed Wangaratta Rovers is looking to hold off Myrtleford (round 16) and Wodonga Raiders (round 15) for the double chance.
Under a top eight, Corowa-Rutherglen's game against Yarrawonga on July 31 is suddenly not a 'dead rubber'.
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The league said last week once clubs had played each other once, the possibility of a top eight was abandoned.
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