The top four is set, but not top spot. The Tuggeranong Bushrangers missed their first chance to claim it, now they'll have to fight it out with the Queanbeyan Blues for it.
The Queanbeyan Kangaroos thumped the Bushrangers 44-12 at Freebody Oval on Saturday to cement their spot in the top four.
It ended the finals hopes of the West Belconnen Warriors, who needed the Kangaroos to lose to have any chance of taking their place.
The Woden Valley Rams' 28-12 loss to the Blues meant their play-off hopes also ended, finalising a top four of Tuggeranong (27 points), the Blues (26), Goulburn (24) and the Kangaroos (23).
It's just the order that's yet to be decided.
Both the Bushrangers and the Blues could finish minor premiers, while the Bulldogs could still climb into the top two and secure a second chance.
The Kangaroos could also climb to third to earn a home semi-final.
But it was an opportunity missed for the Bushrangers, who were looking to secure their second consecutive minor premiership - which would be the only two in the club's history.
There were also regrets for the Warriors and Rams, whose seasons ended with one round remaining.
The dreaded saying "nothing but pride to play for" is now their motto.
It had Warriors coach Adam Peters ruing missed opportunities from earlier in the season.
If only they'd been playing like they were now back then. If only.
But they weren't. And they'll have to console themselves with their 21-6 victory over the Yass Magpies at Walker Park on Saturday instead.
"It's come to an end," Peters said.
"It was tough conditions. They [Yass] played really well. The field was very slippery and the wind was blowing a gale.
"It's just a shame. We're getting high completions now. Six weeks ago we would've won games if we'd played like this.
"We would've been in the four and we could've given it a good shake.
"The Blues are the only team we haven't beaten in the top four.
"It's a shame we're not going to be there, but life goes on."
Peters praised the efforts of his hooker Joe Roberts, prop Matthew Scott and winger Trent Vaughan, who scored a 100-metre intercept try after the Warriors had been camped on their own goalline.
He said they'd now focus on the Rams and trying to turn around their 12-8 loss to them earlier in the season.
It will be Peters' final game in charge of the Warriors. He's got travel plans for next year that will take him to some overseas music festivals.
His assistant coach Matt Gafa, who played 42 NRL games for the Raiders before joining Harlequins in the English Super League, will take over the reins.
"We should've won against them in the first round," Peters said.
"We've got them at home. We want to go out with a win."
In the final Canberra Raiders Cup game of the round, the Belconnen United Sharks continued their late-season renaissance with a 40-8 victory over the Gungahlin Bulls at Kippax.
They've won three of their past five games to climb to seventh on the ladder - three wins clear of the eighth-placed Bulls.
AT A GLANCE
Queanbeyan Kangaroos 44 (F Tonga 3, J Simbiken, B Cronan, J Ayers, J Bradley, T Robinson, K Pagura tries; L Ingram 4 goals) bt Tuggeranong Bushrangers 12 (J Pollard, R Sheffield tries; M O'Malvaney 2 goals)
Queanbeyan Blues 28 bt Woden Valley Rams 12 (R Leapai, L Murphy tries; L Withers 2 goals)
West Belconnen Warriors 21 (T Vaughan, B Sione, R Thomas, J Roberts tries; B Roberts goal; B Crisp field goal) bt Yass Magpies 6
Belconnen United Sharks 40 (J Vejvoda 2, M Butz, G Buttriss, R Baker, S Tupuola, I Mataora tries; T Aroha-Tuinauvai 6 goals) bt Gungahlin Bulls 8 (D Cronin, N Mead tries)