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Hostplus Cup and Hastings Deering Colts: What the final round means

The final rounds of the Hostplus Cup and Hastings Deering Colts have arrived and there is plenty to be decided ahead of this year's finals.

With no minor premier able to be awarded yet in either competition, to battles for a place in the eight still ongoing, the stage is set for a thrilling weekend of footy.

Here is how everything is shaping up for Round 22 of the Hostplus Cup and Round 16 of the Hastings Deering Colts. 

Hostplus Cup Round 22

Minor premiership

It is a two-horse race for the 2023 minor premiership. Competition leaders Souths Logan Magpies are in the box seat and a win over Central Queensland Capras in Rockhampton on Saturday will secure them the title.

But sitting just one point behind them in second are Burleigh Bears. Should Souths Logan lose, Burleigh have the chance to claim back-to-back minor premierships with a win when they take on Townsville Blackhawks at Jack Manski Oval.

A Souths Logan loss and a Burleigh draw however would likely not be enough for the Bears, given they are 37 points behind on for-and-against.

And what makes this battle for top spot all the more enticing is that both games will kick off at 4pm on Saturday. Stay tuned.

Top two

Souths Logan are locked in for a top two finish regardless of results this weekend. This will guarantee them a week one home final.

Second-placed Burleigh will secure themselves the same with a victory over Townsville. But should they lose, the third-placed Brisbane Tigers have the opportunity to pounce. It would require some pretty big scorelines in both games, but mathematically, the Tigers can still push for a top two finish.

Burleigh are on 33 points and Brisbane are on 31 points, but they sit 43 differential points behind the Bears. The Tigers will take on the Wynnum Manly Seagulls on Sunday at BMD Kougari Oval.

Top four

The Magpies, Bears and Tigers are all set for a top four finish. This guarantees them at least one home final each and two bites of the cherry when it comes to finals footy action.

Redcliffe Dolphins currently round out the four, but Wynnum Manly and Central Queensland Capras are pushing hard to leapfrog themselves into the coveted top quarter of the ladder.

Redcliffe (29 points) just need a win over the Northern Pride in Cairns on Saturday to lock in their place on the top four. But should they draw or lose, the Seagulls (28 points) against the Tigers and Capras (28 points) against the Magpies will be a chance of coming in. 

Week one home finals

As mentioned above, Souths Logan are a lock for a week one home final, with Burleigh and Brisbane in the frame for the other qualifying home final.

At this stage, the elimination home finals could go to fifth-placed Wynnum Manly and sixth-placed Central Queensland. If Redcliffe fall out of the four, they will sit in one of those positions.

But coming up from below are the Tweed Seagulls in seventh. They're also a chance to take fifth or sixth to secure the all-important home final.

With stronger differential points than anyone else in contention for fifth or sixth - with 161 points - Tweed are relying on other results, including losses for Wynnum Manly and/or Central Queensland.

The Seagulls will also need to take the two points against the Sunshine Coast Falcons, with Tweed playing host at Piggabeen Sports Complex on Saturday.

Top eight

There is just one team currently outside of the eight that can still qualify for finals. The ninth-placed Sunshine Coast Falcons need a win over the Tweed Seagulls on Saturday to push themselves into the top half of the ladder.

A draw - and a Northern Pride loss to Redcliffe - could also see the Falcons qualify for finals. The eighth-placed Pride have -81 in for-and-against points, which could prove detrimental this weekend.

If the Pride get the upset win over the Dolphins, they're playing finals footy for the second year straight. If they draw, they give themselves a chance to remain in the eight depending on other results.

The Tweed and Sunshine Coast showdown meanwhile is tipped to be the biggest game of the round, with everything on the line for the Falcons.

The seventh-placed Seagulls will also know that if they lose, they could slip out of the eight and miss finals action altogether. But a win will also give them a chance of a week one home elimination final.

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Hastings Deering Colts Round 16

Minor premiership

Tweed Seagulls are the current frontrunners to take out the minor premiership in the Colts competition this season. Sitting in first, a win against the Sunshine Coast Falcons this coming Saturday should lock it up for them.

But below them on the ladder, the second-placed Brisbane Tigers are on the same amount of points as Tweed - 26 - with a difference of 32 for-and-against points. If the Seagulls lose and Tigers get a victory over the Wynnum Manly Seagulls on Sunday, they could move into first depending on the two scorelines.

Townsville (third) and Burleigh (fourth) can mathematically still claim top spot, but face an uphill battle and will rely on other results.

These two teams will give fans an insight into what to expect from this year's Colts final series when they meet on Saturday.

Top four

Tweed Seagulls, Brisbane Tigers and Townsville Blackhawks are locked in for a top four finish, with Townsville's incredible for-and-against of 350 points giving them an upper hand over any threats below.

These three teams will all get a guaranteed two finals matches, with Burleigh sitting in fourth ahead of the final regular round.

Burleigh need a win over Townsville to hold off any threats from fifth-placed Sunshine Coast Falcons and sixth-placed Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

However, a Burleigh loss could be interesting. The Falcons are currently two points ahead of the Bears in for-and-against, while the Seagulls have a tougher challenge ahead, sitting 32 for-and-against points behind the Bears.

The Sunshine Coast will meet competition leaders Tweed on Saturday while Wynnum Manly play host to the Brisbane Tigers.

Top eight

Similar to Cup, there is only one team outside of the eight that can still make one last push to play finals this year.

In Round 15, Mackay Cutters leapfrogged Souths Logan Magpies to move into eighth. Both teams now sit on 15 points and are split by only three for-and-against points so will need to guarantee themselves wins this weekend.

Mackay will play host to the Western Clydesdales on Saturday while Souths Logan will head to Rockhampton to meet Central Queensland, also on Saturday.

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