A BUMPER WEEKEND

LW: Doley, it's going to be one of the biggest - if not the biggest - weekends for sport for the year in Bendigo coming up.

What has got you most up and about?

Is it the Madison, the WNBL grand final, the fight for the last couple of finals positions in the Bendigo District Cricket Association, bowls preliminary finals?

Or is it the fact that your favourite show Home and Away is showing its much-publicised episodes filmed in London next week?

ND: In the words of Big Kev, I'm Excited about all the sports events you have mentioned.

Without doubt the Bendigo International Madison is on the "must-see" list every March.

Bendigo Spirit featuring in back-to-back WNBL grand finals at home is an amazing feat.

And the cricket is all set for the best finish to a home-and-away series. That's the last mention of home and away by me, for many summers. 

LW: For me it's Sunday's WNBL grand final at the Bendigo Stadium

No disrespect to the other marquee event this weekend, the Madison, but it comes around every year. Whereas a WNBL grand final featuring the Bendigo Spirit, there are no guarantees.

A fantastic effort by Bendigo and Townsville to again be facing off in the WNBL grand final.

Not only have both the Spirit and Fire been able to maintain the standards of last season, but they are the WNBL's only regionally-based clubs.

As good as the Spirit has been this season - and they have been damn good - they will hold no fear for Townsville, which has beaten twice in three meetings, including once in Bendigo.

I'm tipping the big home crowd to cheer Bendigo to an eight-point win, Kelsey Griffin to put on her Superman suit and win another grand final MVP, and if it proves to be Kristi Harrower's last game, give her the most fitting of send-offs to a glorious career.

ND: Spirit's wealth of attacking options will be tough for Fire to hold over four quarters.

A week's rest may also work in Bendigo's favour.

The margin could well be a lot closer than eight, but Spirit to win.

Plenty of champions racing around the Tom Flood Sports Centre this weekend, including Eaglehawk's Glenn O'Shea.

​I'm tipping O'Shea to win the Madison for a third time, and team-mate Alex Edmonson his first. 

LW: Yep, it's hard to go past Glenn O'Shea winning again.

O'Shea continues to climb the ladder of Bendigo's elite sporting performers after another world championship in Colombia last week and it would be fantastic if he can add another Madison crown on his hometrack.

What about the BDCA finals? Your mob Bendigo United is now safe with Golden Square in the finals, but who are the two other teams that will be joining them next week?

ND: Strathdale-Maristians to win at Golden Square.

White Hills to take the one wicket to win at Kangaroo Flat and play finals as Eaglehawk's clash is most likely to end in a draw. 

LW: What a big week... we haven't even mentioned the Brendan Fevola Show rolling into Kangaroo Flat on Good Friday.

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