Lismore Marist Brothers and Tweed Coast Raiders will meet in the match of the round in Retravision Northern League on Sunday at Oakes Oval, Lismore.

It’s a crucial game for both sides as they jockey for top-five positions with only two rounds remaining.

Grafton Ghosts, leaders on 28 points, are assured of the minor premiership and the second chance it provides in the semi-finals.

But for the rest of the likely semi-finalists, the finishing order is still anyone’s guess.

Byron Bay are second on 23 points and face South Tweed in the final two rounds. Two wins will put the Red Devils on 27 points and will see them finish second or third.

Tweed Coast are also on 23 points but are third on percentages. They face Casino in the final round, a match they should win, but a loss to Brothers this weekend could see them finish as low as fifth.

Lower Clarence is fourth on 22 points and will play Ballina on Saturday — a match they are favoured to win — but face a tough final game against Kyogle at Kyogle.

Brothers are on 22 points also and are fifth, and have the final-round bye.

The only other possible semi-final team is Mullumbimby Giants, who are one point out of the top five.

They face Murwillumbah on Sunday and finish the competition against Cudgen. The defending premiers should win both matches, which would see them finish on 25 points.

If Brothers lose on Sunday and Mullumbimby win their final two games, Brothers could miss out on the finals.

Tweed Coast and Lower Clarence are in the same position.

Although the minor premiership is cut-and-dried, the race for the other semi-final positions is making for an exciting finish to the competition rounds.

Points: Grafton Ghosts 28,  Byron Bay 23, Tweed Coast Raiders 23, Lower Clarence 22, Marist Brothers 22, Mullumbimby 21, Kyogle 19, Grafton Rhinos 18, Casino 11,  South Tweed 11, Cudgen 10, Ballina 8, Murwillumbah 8.

Round 18 draw: Grafton Rhinos v Grafton Ghosts, Kyogle v Lower Clarence, Ballina v Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby v Cudgen, Casino RSM v Tweed Coast, South Tweed v Byron Bay, Marist Brothers v Evans Head.

SATURDAY 9 August

  • Evans Head v Cudgen (Reserve Grade only), Stan Payne Oval,  Evans Head. Kick-off 2.30pm.
  • Lower Clarence v Ballina, 3 grades, 12.30pm start, Maclean Showground, Maclean. First Grade Kick-off 3.15pm.

SUNDAY 10 August

  • Marist Brothers v Tweed Coast, 3 Grades, Noon start, Oakes Oval, Lismore. First Grade Kick-off 2.45pm.
  • Grafton Rhinos v Kyogle, 3 Grades, Noon Start, McKittrick Park, South Grafton. First Grade Kick-off 2.45pm.
  • Byron Bay v South Tweed, 2 Grades, 1pm start, Red Devil Park, Byron Bay. First Grade Kick-off 2.30pm.
  • Grafton Ghosts v Casino RSM, 2 Grades, 12.30pm start, McGuren Park, Grafton. First Grade Kick-off 1.20pm.
  • Murwillumbah v Mullumbimby, 3 Grades, noon start. Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah. First Grade Kick-off 2.45pm.