West Coast will come face to face with their immediate future on Friday night at Patersons Stadium.
If the Eagles are unsuccessful against Geelong a top four finish seems out of reach.
Of course, the problems started on Saturday .
Fremantle delivered a real king hit, while at the same time keeping their own finals hopes alive with a fine win in the western derby.
Fitting too that the Dockers' greatest player played one of his greatest games in the demolition.
Matthew Pavlich, with 8 goals, has now taken the lead in the Coleman Medal.
Pav's remarkable form and Nat Fyfe's timely return have become key to the Dockers reaching the finals in Ross Lyon's first season.
After a round of thrilling finishes nothing can be taken for granted but the eventual premier I think seems certain to come from the top four.
Fremantle can't get that high, and West Coast appears unlikely thanks (or no thanks) to a rapidly improving cross town rival.