With a number of Super Rugby players set to return for the back end of the Shute Shield season, the majority of sides in the top six this season have had one eye on Northern Suburbs all year
The 2016 premiers, who have played in two of the last three grand finals, have been thereabouts all season.
But things haven’t quite gone to plan in recent weeks.
Since getting their best side on the park, the Shoreman have struggled and after Saturday’s 24-7 loss to Warringah, they’ve now lost four straight matches.
It’s a concern for even the most optimistic Norths’ fans, but somehow the Shoreman are still alive.
“We definitely would have preferred to be winning games of footy to get to this point but at the same time, it really doesn’t matter now,” flyhalf Angus Sinclair said.
“We got a golden ticket on the weekend. After the loss, we didn’t think we’d still be in the competition and to be honest we probably didn’t deserve to be but we got luck