Heathcote and Huntly will both finish in the HDFL’s top three. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

TWO finals previews will take centre stage in the final round of the Heathcote District Football Netball League season.

The senior football finals combatants are set but their exact positions remain up in the air heading into round 18 on Saturday.

Top spot is still up for grabs with ladder leaders North Bendigo set to face fourth-placed Colbinabbin and second-placed Leitchville Gunbower hosting Lockington Bamawm United.

North and Leitchville each have 52 points heading into the final round, but North has an insurmountable percentage edge over the Bombers.

That means the reigning premiers will need to beat LBU and rely on Colbinabbin to roll the Bulldogs to be any chance of pinching top spot and a bye in week one of finals.

Lockington and Colbinabbin can also exchange positions in fourth and fifth, with both sides sitting on 40 points.

They will both remain a game behind Huntly (third, 48 points) regardless of result this weekend.

In netball, top spot is on offer with White Hills and Colbinabbin battling it out for the minor premiership.

With 14 wins apiece that pair sits three games clear of Mount Pleasant, in third.

White Hills plays Mount Pleasant on Saturday, while Colbinabbin plays North Bendigo.

Fourth-placed Huntly has the bye, while Elmore tackles Heathcote.

The league has also released its draw for finals, with the grand final to be held at Huntly again in 2018.

Heathcote will host next Saturday’s qualifying final between Huntly and one of North Bendigo and Leitchville in senior football, while Sunday will see the elimination final between Lockington Bamawm United and Colbinabbin at White Hills.

Colbinabbin and Elmore will host the second and first semi finals, respectively, on August 25 and 26, with the preliminary final on September 1 at Toolleen.

The HDFNL’s finals series has drawn the backing of Poyser Trucks as its naming rights sponsor.

Meantime, North Bendigo has reappointed coach Matt Dillon for 2019. Dillon is in his first season at North after previously coaching Newbridge in the Loddon Valley Football League.

North has won 13 of its 15 games this season as it aims to win a third HDFL flag in four years.

– Joel Peterson