With the Christmas and New Year break looming, clubs will want a couple of victories next to their name in the next fortnight before they tuck into the Christmas ham.
Two Saturdays remain in both the Southland senior one-day competition and Combined Country competition.
Both have the last round for 2012 on December 22 and restart again on January 12.
While the first half of the 2012-13 season has been a frustrating one because of wet weather, what has emerged is that both the senior one-day and the Combined Country competitions are set for a very tight race going into the finals early next year.
Little separated the teams in the senior declaration competition before Appleby was crowned winners in a weather-interrupted series.
Everything is pointing to the same in the senior one-day competition and also the Combined Country competition.
Three teams are locked up at the top of the table in the Combined Country league, while just five points separate first and sixth places after seven rounds of the senior contest.
Senior: Metro Tigers 5, Appleby Rams 4, SBHS 4, Albion 0, Invercargill-Old Boys 0, Marist 0. Combined Country: Waikoikoi 20, Metro Cubs 20, Riversdale 20, Wyndale 16, Tuatapere 16, Appleby Cannons 14, Waikaka 14, Marist 8, Lumsden 6, Invercargill-Old Boys 6. THIS WEEKEND Senior, one-day: SBHS v Marist, Albion v Invercargill-Old Boys, Metro Tigers v Appleby Rams Combined Country: Wyndale v Metro Cubs, Waikaka v Riversdale, Lumsden v Appleby Cannons, Marist v Waikoikoi, Tuatapere v Invercargill-Old Boys Southland/Otago club knockout final: Metro Tigers (Invercargill) v Kaikorai (Dunedin) in Dunedin
- The Southland Times