Adam Bourke: Nah, that’s it old mate, we’re all out of tissues – you’ve used them all.
Your tears this week just about match your emotions when Maggie Doyle was killed on Blue Heelers.
Chin up, there’s always next year.
Luke West: I was a bit wary about participating in Final Word today after the events of this week at Windy Hill, but I’ll pad up and face your bouncers.
What can I say... Essendon has copped its right whack for what went on last year with its supplements program.
You know I’m as one-eyed as they come, but how can you defend a supplements program where the club still can’t say for certain what was administered to its players?
You can’t, and the AFL came down hard on the Bombers, and so they should have.
But I’ll stick with the club and renew as a member next year.
Like I said earlier in the week, I couldn’t be more prouder of the playing group in the way they have banded together through all the adversity and played some fantastic footy.
As for Hirdy, I’m sure all Bomber fans are shattered like me that the greatest living player in the club’s history has been banished from the game for a year.
So many great memories of Hirdy as a player – and plenty of them came on Anzac Day against your mob – but it is what it is and both he and the club have copped their just desserts from the AFL for what went on last year.
As disappointing as the outcome has been for Essendon, at least we beat Carlton twice and that may be enough to keep the Blues out of fine finals as well.
Let’s hope so.
AB: At last, you’re done. I was nodding off. Hirdy this, Bomber that, Jobe this.... spare me.
At least we can now focus on the on-field action.
The BFNL finals start tonight with Sandhurst and Gisborne battling for survival.
Many people expect Sandhurst to make a charge from the elimination final and go all the way to the grand final.
It’s a tough ask, but on pure talent the Dragons have the firepower to achieve it.
LW: Agree that the Dragons have the capacity to go all the way with their list, but it’s a massive ask coming from the elimination final.
They will have to win three cut-throat finals to get to the grand final, but most of the season has been high stakes games for the Dragons since their 0-4 start.
They are a well balanced side that statistically has the best defence, offensively the second-best attack, plus the No.1 ruckman in the competition kickstarting it in the midfield.
I’ll tip them by about four goals to win tonight against Gisborne, but there’s always that added element of the unknown I reckon with night finals and the conditions they bring.
What about tomorrow’s qualifying final between Golden Square and Eaglehawk?
Accuse me of jumping on the bandwagon, but I’m really starting to warm to Golden Square.
AB: You jumping on the bandwagon is the last thing Rick Ladson and the Bulldogs need.
All the stars seem to be aligning for Square – best team available and hitting peak form at the right time.
In my opinion the key for Golden Square is what impact its bottom six or eight players can make.
The Dogs don’t bat as deep this year compared to previous seasons.
Square to win a close one against the rejuvenated Hawks.
The LVFL preliminary final today intrigues me.
All the pressure is on Bears Lagoon-Serpentine. Minor premier, gave up a big lead last week – it will be interesting to see how they handle it if Pyramid Hill is within range at the last change.
LW: After last week’s Bears’ fadeout, Pyramid Hill will always think they’re a chance today, regardless of what the scoreboard shows.
But the Bears have played 17 games this year and lost two by a combined two points.
They’ve been too good a side this season not to at least make the grand final.