FINAL WORD: Dons' fans silenced

SMOOTH MOVER: Jack Geary at BFNL inter-league training this week. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

SMOOTH MOVER: Jack Geary at BFNL inter-league training this week. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

AB: The Addy office hasn't been this quiet since the Essendon drug scandal broke.

The plethora of Essendon fans in this office were very chirpy leading into Anzac Day, but haven't heard boo from them since.

An Essendon supporter I know was that ashamed with the result that she changed her twitter photo so you couldn't tell she barracked for the Bombers.

I love it.

LW: There hasn't been too much to get excited about by the Bombers over the past couple of weeks.

Credit where it's due. Collingwood was far too good after quarter-time last Friday and when they brought the heat to the contest, the Bombers were found wanting.

Fair to say I was quite bullish about the Bombers' chances three rounds in following a round one smacking of North Melbourne, pushing reigning premier Hawthorn all the way in round two and then that glorious 81-point flogging of Carlton.

But it has been all downhill since for the Bombers where at 2-4, they've dropped off the pace and are battling.

But that's enough about the Bombers' woes.

We're a month into the local footy season. What have you liked so far?

AB: I've liked the number of young players that have impressed in the first four weeks.

Codie Price, Harry O'Meara, Lachlan Ross at Sandhurst, Isaac Trickey, Pat McKenna, Shannon Greetham at Gisborne, Phil Ryan, Liam Jacques at Golden Square - just to name a few.

From a team point of view, Sandhurst is absolutely flying. Love the way the Dragons are playing.

I reckon you can lock Sandhurst, Strathfieldsaye and Gisborne in to make the top three, leaving Square, Kangaroo Flat, Kyneton and Eaglehawk to battle for the final two spots in the top five.

LW: I've liked the way Kangaroo Flat has gone about it.

There's no real surprise to see Sandhurst, Gisborne and Strathfieldsaye currently occupying the top three spots on the ladder, but would you have had the Roos sitting fourth at this stage?

They are 3-1, with their only blemish that six-point loss to Golden Square on Good Friday when they blew a position of dominance at three quarter-time.

Really looking forward to seeing how they go on the QEO against the ladder-leading Sandhurst on Saturday afternoon.

The other game that really intrigues is me is the Golden Square-Kyneton clash at MyJet Oval.

Fantastic to see the Tigers celebrate their first win back in the competition last week against South Bendigo.

But can they back it up against Golden Square, who the Tigers haven't beaten since 2005.

Also, an interesting sidebar with Kyneton coach Mark Adamson coming up against Golden Square.

Remember, Adamson was at the helm of Golden Square in 2009 when the Bulldogs won the first of what's now five premierships in a row.

AB: Tigers are a massive chance of causing an upset.

Square's young side has had three big games in a row and they might be ripe for the picking this week.

I'm sure Castlemaine fans would love to see a big reaction from their side against Eaglehawk on Saturday.

 The Magpies were humiliated by the Storm last week - they didn't kick a goal after quarter-time.

Castlemaine coach Shane Robertson is fiercely competitive. He won't stand for performances like that.

LW: Obviously, a very disappointing day for Castlemaine last Friday on the back of what had been their first win of the season the previous week.

It looks like they may have copped a Strathfieldsaye side that had last year's shock loss at Castlemaine still fresh in its mind and was hellbent on not letting it happen again.

​Lastly, the BFL inter-league squad was released this week, with every man and his dog selected it seems.

AB: A little birdie tells me, you knocked back the chance to go to inter-league training so you could be home in time to watch some TV show called Puberty Blues.

I worry about you. 

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