Lakes coach Robbie Payne is resigned to missing the Newcastle Rugby League finals but knows the Seagulls can still impact the top four during the last two rounds.
The Belmont-based side remain a slight chance of making the semis but need to record back-to-back wins, hope results go their way and rely on points differential.
"I think our chances are gone now after last week's heartbreaking loss," Payne said. "We definitely still want to be competitive and we might be able to rearrange the top four a bit."
Undefeated leaders Wyong can wrap up the minor premiership when they visit Wests at Harker Oval on Sunday.
Meanwhile, four members of Newcastle Hunter Community Rugby League's board have stepped down in the wake of last weekend's incident involving players and spectators from an A-grade match.
As of Friday the remaining three members of the NCHRL board have stayed on to assist with the final weeks of all competitions.
NSW Rugby League said investigations were ongoing.
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