THIS time of year there are always discussions of what teams cam mathematically make the finals of a given competition.
And for Brothers Bulldogs the equation is simple - beat Bay Power in the senior grade of the Wide Bay AFL and they play in the finals, lose and they are bundled out of the race for the premiership.
The young team has gone from being competitive one week, to easy beats the next and vice-captain Lachlan McGill said if the club's long run in the finals is broken he will be disappointed.
"We haven't missed the finals in 100 years - if we don't make the finals we have underachieved," McGill said.
He added playing Bay Power made it hard to set the team up to combat the opposition's strengths, so all the focus at his club was on what it is doing.
"It's hard to predict who is going to play for them because they change week in and week out," he said.
"We need to get first use of the ball and use it well."
Along with McGill, the performance of young players Brayden Doherty, Connor and Jefferson Baulch and Tristan Taylor will be important to the result.
In Hervey Bay Across The Waves play the Bombers in a game that has no effect on the finishing positions of the teams, but coach Shaun Stone dismissed any talk of the game being a dead rubber.
With a full team at his disposal Stone said there was one goal this weekend: "We'll be there to win and we won't be resting any players," Stone said.
"They (Hervey Bay) will be a lot better than when we last played them and we can't afford to down and get a beating before the finals."
One part of Hervey Bay's game Stone will be watching is its forward line. The league's leading goal kicker, Clint Ennis, has been out of form lately and with his ability to turn a game Stone is looking to his defenders to stop him again and keep his poor patch going.