KANGAROO Flat wrapped up its pre-season with its third practice match win on Saturday, defeating Mount Pleasant by 24 points.
The Roos - last year's Bendigo Football League wooden-spooners - will go into their round one clash with Maryborough this Saturday night having defeated St Albans, Nathalia and Mount Pleasant in practice matches.
"They haven't been easy wins, but collectively, everyone that we wanted to see fire has at different times, so that has been pleasing," Kangaroo Flat coach Jason Stevens said.
"And we got through injury-free again today, so we'll have no excuses next week, which is what we've been waiting for.
"We're pleased to have won our three practice games, but our focus has always been on round one and it's here now."
Mount Pleasant, led by three early goals from Kain Robins, got the jump on the Roos on Saturday, before Kangaroo Flat fought back to win 12.10 (82) to 9.4 (58).
Mount Pleasant's defeat to Kangaroo Flat came a week after the Blues defeated the Roos' BFL rival Kyneton.
• Sandhurst lost to Rochester by seven goals at Rochester.
The Dragons' defenders were given a reminder of years gone past, with the Rochester win spearheaded by former Golden Square full-forward Grant Weeks.
"Weeksy would have kicked seven or eight goals today," Dragons coach Brett Fitzpatrick said.
"We rotated three guys through him - Pat Jennings, Andrew O'Connor and Luke O'Sullivan - to give them a run against a top-class full-forward.
"It was a good hit-out for the boys and better than an intra-club match, which was looking like our only option at one stage."
Rochester was originally scheduled to play Kyneton and Sandhurst was going to play Tatura on Saturday.
However, both Kyneton and Tatura pulled out of the matches.
• Strathfieldsaye played a six-quarter game against Sebastopol at Flight Centre Park on Saturday morning.
"We only organised it late. It was just a bit of a fill-in game for the boys after we only played a half against Keilor the other week," Storm coach Darryl Wilson said.
"It worked out well because a few of our guys were underdone."
• Meanwhile, Heathcote District Football League club North Bendigo defeated Cohuna by about 40 points at home.