ANYONE believing that the Group 7 Rugby League semi-finalists being decided the weekend prior would result in a boring final regular reason round were sorely mistaken.
There were two largely anticipated results on Saturday, Gerringong Lions wrapping up the minor premiership after a 50-12 win over wooden-spooners Port Kembla, and Berry Magpies coming from 10 points down to beat Batemans Bay Tigers 42-22.
However, things really heated up on Sunday.
Kiama Knights travelled to Centenary Field knowing they had to beat Albion Park-Oak Flats to stay in the hunt for a home semi-final, but found the Eagles too determined, losing 30-22.
Unable to make the finals themselves, the home side were left with little to play for but pride.
However, the enthusiastic Park led 12-6 at the break and went on to spoil the visitors' party.
The Knights came out the stronger after the break and seemingly had the upper hand via two quick tries. With 15 minutes remaining they had a 22-18 lead, before two late Eagles four-pointers caused one of 2013's biggest upsets.
Warilla-Lake South Gorillas breathed a sigh of relief after surviving a late Jamberoo rally for a 20-18 win at Cec Glenholmes Oval. The victory also gave them an unlikely home qualifying semi-final berth this weekend.
Warilla went into the match in third spot, two points behind Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs, who were expected to comfortably beat Nowra-Bomaderry Jets. The Gorillas were forced to wait for a conversion attempt after the bell following a last-gasp Jamberoo try, later learning the Jets had lowered the Bulldogs colours 36-34 to give Warilla a home semi-final on points differential.
The Gorillas-Jamberoo game was one of the best of the season and was a great hit-out for both sides before the finals.
Jamberoo will now host Kiama this Saturday in the elimination semi-final, while the Gorillas face the Bulldogs at home on Sunday.
Gerringong have the weekend off.