AB: I’m with you, Westy, forget about the AFL, let’s just concentrate on country footy.
The finals are in full swing and I see no reason why we should waste any space on the AFL.
LW: Nice try mack. Do you really think you could get away with no mention of the Colliwobbles last week?
The Magpies found out the hard way against Port Adelaide what happens when you turn up to a game without the right mindset and just expect to breeze through.
Doesn’t happen in finals.
As much as I was up and about on Saturday night with your boys Collingwood bowing out, I came down fairly quick on Sunday afternoon.
It was hard to watch Carlton run over the top of Richmond in the last term.
Hard to watch because it was Carlton... harder to watch because the Blues are only in the finals at the expense of Essendon.
As much as it pains me to say, you’d have to think the Blues would be some chance of knocking over the Swans on Saturday night and getting through to a preliminary final.
AB: It’s all Essendon’s fault. If the Bombers hadn’t been kicked out, the Magpies would have played the Dons in the first week of the finals and we’d still be alive and kicking this week. Anyway, that’s enough on the AFL.
Let’s turn our attention to Elmore on Saturday, where the Huntly Hawks tackle Lockington-Bamawm United in the HDFL grand final.
I’d love to see the Hawks get the biscuits, but the Cats look too tough for mine.
LW: I can’t think of too many better sporting stories in recent years than that of the stunning Huntly turn around.
It wasn’t all that long ago that the Hawks would be in the headlines for simply winning a game.
It was just two years ago that the Hawks were still on the end of some horrendous hidings, but full credit to the club.
They’ve got a hard-working committee behind the scenes that have lifted the club off the canvas, and on field, Stacy Fiske has stepped into the coaching role like he’s been doing it for 10 years, not two.
However, the Hawks are coming up against one of the powers of Victorian district football in the Cats.
The Cats and Hawks have been the two standout teams of the year, and hopefully, they put on a show as good as last week’s Loddon Valley grand final.
A super effort by the Cats to get through to their fourth grand final in a row, and for the club as a whole, they’ve got six teams vying for flags tomorrow.
AB: Saturday night’s BFNL preliminary final between Strathfieldsaye and Eaglehawk has all the hallmarks of a classic.
The Borough are back to their best and the Storm have to bounce back from last Sunday’s second-half fadeout against Golden Square.
Still find it hard to believe that Golden Square won last week. The Storm had the game in their keeping at the main break, but fell away dramatically.
A lot of pressure on the Storm. They made the preliminary final last year and, after being the best team through the home and away season this year, anything less than a grand final berth would be seen as a major disappointment.
LW: Can’t argue with anything you said there.
Saturday night is the Storm’s third crack at getting into their first grand final.
They should already be there after having the second semi-final well in control last week, but Golden Square knows how to win finals and it’s perfectly set up now for the Bulldogs to win five flags in a row next week.
Eaglehawk will hit Saturday night full of confidence after its first semi-final demolition of Gisborne, but I fancy the Storm to bounce back and get through to the grand final by a couple of goals.
What about Sunday’s Michelsen Medal?
It’s as wide open as it has been for years I reckon.
Plenty of top contenders to win. I’ve gone for Sandhurst big man Tim Martin to come out on top.
AB: Eaglehawk’s Kain Robins is my top pick, but of more interest is what our colleague Travis King decides to wear to the count. Word is he expects to win the best dressed male on the red carpet.