Tight at the top going into last four regular season games

Excelsior first five Josh Phipps. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Excelsior first five Josh Phipps. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Keeping up with the Citizens Shield this season takes a bit of work.

Excelsior have been the front runners this season, but even they stumbled against Kurow 40-34 last week and coughed up their first loss of the season.

That gave the Red Devils their second win of the season, and elevated them to fourth — their first appearance in the top four this season.

Athletic Marist thumped Maheno 41-15, which meant Athies jumped into second and Maheno dropped out of the top four.

Sixth-placed Old Boys then toppled defending champions Valley, which pushed them down a spot to third based on competition points.

Maybe that result right there shows just how tight the North Otago competition is this year and how anyone can beat anyone on their day.

No doubt it has made for an exciting competition and as the teams head into week seven games tomorrow — and only four games before the playoffs — there is still all to play for.

Valley will host Blues out in Weston, which promises to be another interesting encounter.

Blues got the better of Valley in the first round and Blues will want to bounce back after their loss last week.

Equally, Valley will not be happy with their performance last week and will come out firing to put some points on the board.

Athies makes the trip up the Waitaki Valley to face Kurow at home.

Maheno is taking their home game against Old Boys down the road to Ngapara this season.

Ngapara is home to North Otago president’s side Union, which Maheno has struck a deal with this season to support both clubs’ player depth.

It will be an another tight game, with both sides sitting on 12 points and still capable of pushing for a playoff spot.