It's KNTFL finals time!

Penola s Brodie Foster in action during last year's KNTFL grand final. Foster will be a key player in Penola's finals charge this year, starting with a clash against Mundulla this Saturday in the qualifying final.

Penola s Brodie Foster in action during last year's KNTFL grand final. Foster will be a key player in Penola's finals charge this year, starting with a clash against Mundulla this Saturday in the qualifying final.

SIX teams have put the cue in the rack for the year and it's now finals time in the KNTFL.

It was a dramatic end to the minor round last weekend with Bordertown trouncing Kaniva/Leeor United to take fifth spot at the expense of Keith, who could only watch on thanks to their final round bye.

Safe in top spot, Padthaway travelled down to Penola minus a few stars and were soundly beaten, held to just four goals and only four behinds after quarter time.

They still have a bye while Penola and Mundulla and K/L United and Bordertown do battle.

Qualifying final (Saturday at Bordertown) - Penola vs Mundulla

Last weekend might have not changed their position on the ladder but Penola's big win against Padthaway certainly would have put the cat among the pigeons. The reigning premiers have spent most of the year in the pack chasing the rampant Lions so knocking them off is a big confidence boost heading into the business end of the year.

Coach and full forward Adam Merrett was again in top form for the southern Eagles on the weekend, kicking seven to end the home and away season on 120 goals.

Merrett has been backed up in the forward line at various times by the high marking Brodie Foster and the clever Ryan Smyth - creating multiple avenues for goal His midfield has been a big part of Penola's success, with slick ball users like Matt Willson and Ben McIntyre giving Penola's forwards silver service with veterans Tim Bailey and Jon Copping also pitching in.

Importantly, Penola's midfield also kicks goals on top of setting them up.

Meanwhile Mundulla have enjoyed a good second half to the year.

Tipped at the start of the year to be the good team to miss the finals, the Moots proved the doubters wrong with eight consecutive wins in the run home while other challengers struggled.

The usual suspects in Jake McGrice, Boyd Packer and Grady Obst have done the job for Mundulla but it's been the form of Daniel Burgess which has been a welcome addition.

A product of the Mundulla juniors, Burgess was playing in Adelaide until this year but has returned to the KNTFL and kicked some bags of goals to be in the top five for the league's goalkicking award. His presence, along with that of James Hinge, has given Mundulla's forward line even more potency.

Penola start favourites in this match but Mundulla are always capable of an upset, especially on a Bordertown deck they are more familiar with.

Elimination final (Sunday at Kingston) - Kaniva/Leeor United vs Bordertown

This game is a rematch of last weekend, which saw Bordertown win by over 100.

The stakes were high for Bordertown in that game and with this being an elimination final the pressure would not have abated one bit.

Questions remain over both sides, who have hardly set the world on fire in the back half of the year.

Injuries and poor form have been costly with first year coaches Neil Reeve (K/L) and Adrian Hayes (Bordertown) not enjoying the smoothest of rides.

Jono Hicks won't play again this year while James Turner is in doubt, robbing Reeve of two better than average A graders.

Their absence last week was telling as Bordertown had their merry way.

Finals often change things but a 100-point turnaround in the space of a week might be too tough an ask.

Bordertown will be full of confidence heading into this game and are likely to earn one more week in the season and a chance to tackle the loser of Saturday's game.

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