MAGPIES' DRAGONS FIRE

CHIN UP BLUES: If Magpie or Westy's team don't win the flag, the next best thing is Carlton losing a grand final, like this day in 1999 against North Melbourne.

CHIN UP BLUES: If Magpie or Westy's team don't win the flag, the next best thing is Carlton losing a grand final, like this day in 1999 against North Melbourne.

LW: Now Magpie, I know you're still only fairly new to this sport reporting caper, but you were quick to jump on the Sandhurst footy club bandwagon this year.

I just had a look back at the Addy footy magazine pre-season predictions for the Bendigo Football League and noticed you tipped Sandhurst for the flag.

It's only June, Magpie, but so far so good for your Dragons, who are sitting undefeated on top of the ladder.

You must be feeling pretty good about that prediction at the moment.

KA: There is no beginners luck with me, I know a good team when I see one, Westy.

There is definitely a lot to like about Sandhurst.

They have won every game and will go close to winning the premiership this year, but I am still wary of a full-strength Storm. 

At the pointy end of the season they will be ready to fire. 

But for now Sandhurst is the best team in the competition. 

LW: At the moment there's a gap between Sandhurst and Strathfieldsaye and the rest of the competition, but there's a mob that wears blue and gold that's starting to get an ominous look about them - Golden Square.

The Bulldogs are sitting fourth on the ladder at the moment, which is higher than where they've been at the halfway mark of the season the past two years when they've gone on to win the flag, so I wouldn't go discounting Golden Square from the race yet.

Only two games this Saturday in the first week of the split round, with both mouth-watering contests.

Golden Square's strong form of the past month is put to the test against Strathfieldsaye. After leading for most of the game against Sandhurst two weeks ago before getting run over, the Bulldogs will be determined to take the next step from honourable performance against the Dragons to knocking off the Storm.

And at Canterbury Park, it's high stakes for Eaglehawk and Kyneton, which are both 4-5. The loser will potentially fall two games outside the top five, so it's a must-win for both teams.

KA: You can't write off Golden Square. You just have to look at their amazing record over the past few years to see how good they are. 

But I am on the Sandhurst bandwagon. You should jump on board, too. 

LW: Now Magpie, this weekend Carlton is holding its 150th celebration function down in Melbourne.

You have never been shy in voicing your disdain for the Blues, so I take it you won't be taking this opportunity to wish Carlton a happy birthday for this weekend.

KA: No I am not a fan of the Blues and to be honest, I couldn't care less about their anniversary celebrations. 

What has made me giggle over the past couple of weeks is the fact that Carlton was in winning positions against Brisbane and Geelong, yet the Blues lost both games. 

LW: Yes Magpie, as an Essendon supporter I too have a long hatred of the Blues and will never forgive them for that one-point win over the Bombers in the 1999 preliminary final.

On the other hand, putting my Bendigo hat on, there has been a host of great players from the region who have been pivotal in the history of the Blues, with Bendigo the former recruiting zone of Carlton. 

But like you, I won't be wishing the Blues a happy 150th.

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