LUKE WEST: What a weekend Kingy... footy finals, including the Loddon Valley Football League grand final at Marong today, the Heathcote District league Cheatley Medal count tomorrow and a basketball grand final double-header at the Bendigo Stadium tonight.
But who is going to win the big one today – Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott?
TRAVIS KING: Massive weekend, Westy. Love this time of year, but I always feel a bit flat that it means footy’s about to end. The election, on the other hand, can’t wait for that to be over.
Let’s stick to sport instead. Should be a ripping Loddon Valley grand final today. I’m tipping the Bears to get up in a thriller. I see you’re on a Bridgy four-peat.
LW: I thought a political scholar like your good self would want to spend all of today’s Final Word talking about the election candidates and their policies.
But if you want to stick with sport, that’s fine by me.
Today’s LVFL grand final looms as an absolute cracker, and I’m sure I speak for most people who will be heading out to Marong that, hopefully, we get more of a contest than recent years.
Full credit to Bridgewater in winning the past three flags by margins of 65, 99 and 115 points, but as a grand final spectacle, they have been fizzers.
Today shapes as a genuine toss-of-the-coin between the two best teams of 2013 and it’s tough to pick a winner.
I’ve gone for Bridgy for the simple fact they’ve got close to their best side in for the year in, fresh from a week off and have that valuable grand final experience.
No doubt you’ll be out there in your purple and gold cheering on the Bears.
TK: I’m sure you’re hoping local footy can be a distraction from AFL finals starting without your beloved Dons. Whatever it takes.
The great man Woosha showed your golden boy how to step down with a bit of class on Thursday.
You watched Huntly and North Bendigo last week in Heathcote District finals. The general consensus seems to be that the Hawks should be too strong today and will set up another potentially epic grand final against LBU. You on the Huntly bandwagon?
LW: What do you mean your mate Woosha Worsfold stood down from West Coast with class... he wasn’t even at the press conference.
As for the HDFL, it was good – unless you’re a Heathcote supporter – to see North Bendigo regain some form last week in the first semi-final, but for mine, Huntly looks the best equipped to take it up to LBU in next week’s grand final and I’d expect the Hawks to beat the Bulldogs today.
In the Bendigo league, it’s season-on-the-line for Eaglehawk and Gisborne in tonight’s first semi-final at the QEO.
And tomorrow, it’s Strathfieldsaye and Golden Square in the second semi-final.
I’ve gone for Eaglehawk tonight, but certainly wouldn’t be surprised if the Bulldogs continue on from last week’s impressive performance against Sandhurst
Tomorrow, I’ve tipped a full-strength Strathfieldsaye to win, but I’m very wary of going against Golden Square in September.
What’s your take?
TK: Gisborne was super-impressive last week and is good enough to knock-off Eaglehawk if it produces that sort of effort again.
I think the Hawks have a slight edge in attack and defence, so I’ve tipped them on that basis. Breaking-even in midfield is the key for the Borough, because Gisborne’s engine room smashed Sandhurst. Backing the Storm to get through to a first grand final.
Finally, good luck to the Bendigo Braves and Lady Braves tonight. Both teams have had the odds stacked against them this season and would be deserving conference champions.