Let the games begin

KA: Well Doley, as my old mate Eddie McGuire would say, 'What a big week it has been in football.'

Excitement is building in central Victoria ahead of the weekend.  

Local footy is back.

I can't wait to see what unfolds this season. I am not sure what to expect. There are a lot of questions surrounding what teams will be contenders and what teams will be pretenders. 

Can Bendigo Gold win a game this season? Will Golden Square win a historic sixth flag in a row? Or can the Storm change its fortunes from last season?

What are you looking forward to Doley?

ND: First-up, Anzac Day when Essendon takes on Collingwood at the MCG.

You and plenty of others in the Magpie Army have been really chirpy this week following the win in Sydney.

Big test for the Pies against the Cats on Saturday night, Maggie.

On the Bendigo footy front it's great to see Kyneton back in the senior competition.

I believe Gold will win at least one match this year and the Bendigo Pioneers will be a strong contender for the TAC Cup finals. 

KA: Anzac Day has to be one of my favourite days on the calender each year. 

The atmosphere, the meaning of the day and of course Collingwood beating the Bombers. 

Don't you worry about my Pies, Doley, just think about your clash with Carlton. 

The Pies haven't lost to the Cats since the 2011 grand final. It is no doubt going to be a good game. 

Kyneton will be the great unknown this season a bit of an X-factor in the Bendigo league. But it is definitely great to see the Tigers back. 

The Gold will be competitive this season. 

They know what to expect and with another pre-season under their belt I think they will win a game or two. 

ND: I'm not worried about your Pies, but have some concern about Sunday's battle between the Bombers and Blues.

Carlton has a happy knack of always lifting against us. Memories of the '99 preliminary final are not too fond for this Bombers fan.

When it comes to rivalry in the BFL, the Sandhurst and South Bendigo clashes are usually hard-fought.

There's no love lost when the Dragons tackle the Bloods.

Still perplexed as to how last year's premier, Golden Square has to travel to Strathfieldsaye, last year's runner-up, for Sunday's first-round clash.

As Derrick Filo would say about the draw, "it is what it is".

KA: Such is life, Doley. 

If you want to be serious premiership threats in any competition you have to be able to win anywhere, anytime. 

To be the best you have to beat the best.

That is what I love about this game. You can be the underdog one week and the favourite the next. 

The pressure is always on. 

ND: Prophetic words indeed.

Now Magpie, after a perfect nine in last week's AFL tipping the pressure is right on.

The "new girls on the grid" - Kristen and Maddie have already shown they know plenty about the game, or maybe, just maybe, they have fluked some tips, just like Doley has done. 

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