FOOTBALL clubs in the region get their last chances this weekend to fine-tune their preparations before the season kicks off.
The Bendigo, Heathcote District, Loddon Valley and North Central leagues, plus the Bendigo Gold's VFL season, all start next weekend.
Most clubs have chosen to freshen up this weekend, but there are several practice matches being played.
At Strathfieldsaye's Flight Centre Park, the Bendigo Gold will take on another of the VFL's stand-alone clubs, Frankston, from 1pm on Saturday.
Following the practice match with the Dolphins, the Gold will then turn their attention to their season-opener against Geelong at the QEO next Friday night.
• Other practice matches on Saturday:
Colbinabbin v Beulah at Colbinabbin.
Mount Pleasant v Kangaroo Flat at Toolleen.
North Bendigo v Cohuna at North Bendigo.
Inglewood v Harcourt at Inglewood.
Mitiamo v Girgarre at Girgarre.
Newbridge v Hampton at Newbridge.
Kyneton v Rochester at Rochester.
Sandhurst v Tatura at Tatura.