Is the grand final preview being played at Gympie?
AUSSIE RULES: Could the AFL Wide Bay grand final preview be played at Gympie on Saturday?
The 12th round clash between Gympie Cats and Hervey Bay Bombers features two teams well in contention for the premiership, but they have more in common than just their position on the table.
After 11 games, the Cats and Bombers are second and third respectively, with Gympie's slight percentage advantage allowing AFL Wide Bay's newest team to sit above Hervey Bay.
Both teams have a 7-4 record, and they have shared the spoils in two games to date.
The Bombers won their third-round meeting at Six Mile Oval by four points (14.7-91 - 13.9-87), before Gympie exacted its revenge in their round seven clash at Hervey Bay's NE Mclean Oval (13.10-88 - 13.4-82).
Gympie boasts a better attack by just a solitary point - Gympie has kicked 1416 points, while the Bombers have recorded 1415 points - though the Cats have conceded just nine points fewer than their northern rivals (683 v 692).
The most points Gympie has kicked in one game was in Round 10's 41.27-273 - 4.1-25 win against Maryborough. Hervey Bay's biggest day out came in the second round courtesy of their 45.22-292 - 0.0-0 win against Maryborough, which remains the biggest win of the season to date.
Bother the Cats and the Bombers have conceded 100 points or more on just one occasion each.
The Cats allowed 100 points when Bay Power won the 11th round top-of-the-table clash by 32 points, while the Bombers conceded 125 points in its 43-point loss to The Waves in round six.
The Bombers have the edge on goalkicking accuracy.
Hervey Bay has registered 345 scoring shots this season, sending 245 of those through the big sticks for an accuracy rate of 62% (best in the league). The Cats have had 376 shots at goal but converted only 208 of those, an accuracy rate of 55.3% (4th in the league).
The winner of this 12th round game will move clear second, behind current league leaders Bay Power.