Sandhurst V Eaglehawk at QEO. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

THE race to the finals in the 2019 Bendigo Football Netball League continues this weekend, with some of the competition’s most fancied sides going head-to-head.

In one of the most enthralling rounds of the season, Gisborne will host defending premiers Eaglehawk at the Gardiner Reserve, while the fur may well fly when Golden Square and Sandhurst clash at Fur Life Vet Oval, in a possible elimination final preview.

The second v third clash at Gisborne will be one of Eaglehawk’s toughest challenges of the season so far, with the expected challenging weather likely to keep the contest a low scoring one.

The Borough won a crucial round 15 clash against Golden Square last weekend at Canterbury Park to secure a psychological advantage over their fellow finals aspirant, holding on to win 8.11 (59) to 6.7 (43).

It’s fourth v fifth at Wade Street in the other intriguing encounter, while top side Strathfieldsaye faces the winless Castlemaine, with prolific goal scorer Lachlan Sharp looking to continue his push towards the league record. Sharp booted 11 majors in the Storm’s big win over Kangaroo Flat last weekend, and will be looking to continue his good form on Saturday against the hapless Magpies.

His career-high 127 goals could fall in coming weeks, as the Storm star continue to impress in his side’s charge towards the finals and another possible flag.

In the senior division’s other weekend games, Kangaroo Flat faces South Bendigo at Bendigo Mazda Oval, while Kyneton and Maryborough will play for pride in what’s expected to be another tough day out at Kyneton Showgrounds.