LW: Welcome back, Bourkey, after a couple of weeks R and R following the footy season.
Word is you were spotted around a few of the local footy grounds over your break working on your goalkicking.
With all the departures of key forwards in the Bendigo Football League over the past week or so, there may be a few clubs come knocking on your door to play out of the goalsquare next year.
AB: The way things are looking you, Doley and Kingy will also get a game in the BFNL next year.
The departure list at the moment is all class - Mark Lloyd, Matt Gretgrix, Kain Robins, Justin Maddern, Brady Childs, Jake Ward and Ricky Symes.
The playing futures of Rick Ladson, Cam Rinaldi, Tim Hill and Tyrone Downie are also in doubt.
Every year you get a turnover of players, but I can't remember an off-season like this where the quality of player has been so high.
LW: It's fair whack of the BFL inter-league team from this year that has already left the league.
At the moment, all the footy moves surrounding the Bendigo league are one-way traffic, with players leaving the competition and no major announcements yet by clubs of recruits.
With Robins, Gretgrix, Maddern and Symes officially on the move, there's 237 goals this year lost from the BFL.
Remember three years ago in 2010 when the BFL was the goalkicking capital of country Victoria with Maddern (100), Grant Weeks (157), Jimmy Condos (66), Gretgrix (82), Brady Herdman (51), Steven Stroobants (55) and Lachlan Sharp (57) all kicking 50-plus goals.
We've been blessed in Bendigo footy with some super forwards in recent years, but the stocks will certainly be a lot thinner next year by the looks of it.
Then again, the BFL could have a massive spotlight on it if Stephen Milne lines up at Strathfieldsaye, which is certainly looking a strong possibility.
AB: There's a lot of water to pass under the bridge yet.
If he does sign with the Storm there must be some mighty generous sponsors out Strathfieldsaye way - Milne wouldn't come cheap.
As far as goalkickers are concerned, Grant Weeks is the best we've seen in Bendigo footy in the past decade.
There's been some talk that he's going to return to Golden Square, but I'd expect him to have another season with Rochester.
LW: Milne would certainly bring the fans through the gates at Flight Centre Park and around the league, no worries about that.
As for the water that still needs to pass under the bridge, that's certainly true, and there's some murky water when considering the legal matters Milne has to deal with from next month.
Plenty for the Storm to weigh up on Milney.
Turning away from footy, it was great to be at Harry Trott Oval last Saturday when a piece of BDCA history was created with Heath Behrens' record 25th century.
Puggo has been a tremendous servant of Bendigo cricket for the best part of 20 years and now has the double of the most hundreds in the history of the BDCA, plus the highest score of 249 n.o.
AB: Full credit to Heath. Outstanding effort by a superb player.
Great to see a classy left-hander holding the BDCA record.