Northern Suburbs skipper Lincoln Mills is too experienced to bother himself or his young team with all the possible calculations and computations of making the finals.
"If we win our final three games of the season then we make it," Mills said as his side prepares to take on Raymond Terrace at Jack Collins Oval to secure one of two spots up for grabs in the semi-finals.
Top-two sides City United and Western Suburbs, on 49 and 48 points respectively, have booked their finals spots after last weekend's washed out round left them beyond reach of the teams below.
Eastern Suburbs are third on 39 and face the toughest road home with games in the next two rounds against City and Wests before hosting Thornton in the final round.
Norths are fourth, equal on 34 points with Raymond Terrace and Kurri Weston - their opponents in the next two games - before they close the regular season on the road against Tenambit Morpeth.
"This time of the year never seems to disappoint in Maitland cricket in recent times," Mills said.
"Again it is just a super close competition."
Mills said the scenario of City and Wests having secured their spots and four teams chasing the other two spots was a fairly accurate representation of the season to date.
"Wests and City are the benchmarks and the rest of us are pretty evenly poised, but still capable of beating anyone else on the day," he said. "You don't know what way each game will go each week to be honest."
Mills said Norths' win against Eastern Suburbs was their best performance of the season to date, particularly their performance in the field.
"The thing that's plagued us throughout the season has been our fielding. Our batting and bowling have been really good, but we've been below the standard we expect of ourselves in the field.
"To put a complete performance together against the Griffins, like we did, was really pleasing. We batted superbly on day one on what was a tough wicket. It was a bit up and down and playing some tricks.
"Getting 290 was really competitive on that ground and then to defend it after the start they got. Toby Godfray batted phenomenally and Jack Stoneman batted really well after a late call-up too.
"The wickets weren't easy to come by but we stuck to the plan and when the opportunities came along late in the day we made sure we took them.
"It was probably our best win of the season, one we can learn a lot from as a team. We've established our benchmark for the rest of the games throughout the year."
Other games: City v Easts; Wests v Thornton; and Kurri Weston v Tenambit Morpeth Bulls.