AB: Two lousy points. The Bendigo Gold just can't catch a break.
Deserved to win on Saturday but yet again the footy gods weren't smiling on Aussie Jones and his gallant group.
Gut-wrenching to see them lose again.
ND: Have to admire the way the Gold go about its play.
Aussie Jones is a class act as coach, and this young team just keeps on fighting against the odds, week after week.
Really enjoyed watching the Gold-Casey match.
Bendigo's one per-cent efforts - chases, tackles, shepherd, blocks, spoils - played such a big part in going so close to achieving a long-awaited victory.
AB: You're right about Jones - all class. His speech to the players and their family members after the game was outstanding.
It's a shame he's going to be lost to Bendigo footy at the end of the year. I'm sure he'll get snapped up very quickly by a club in Melbourne.
On the subject of getting snapped up by another club, Jack Geary continues to put his name up in lights.
Geary produced a standout performance for Victoria Country against Vic Metro on Saturday.
He has the ability and fitness to play at a higher level than the BFNL - I guess it's up to him if he wants to test himself at the next level.
ND: Jack did have a short stint with Peel Thunder in the west before deciding to head back to Golden Square.
No doubt about skill and fitness, it's just a matter of want.
Would be a huge asset for any VFL, WAFL or any other state league should he decide to have a crack at it again.
AB: He's taken his game to another level since he had his first try with Peel Thunder.
Big round of matches in the HDFL and LVFL on Saturday.
Lockington-Bamawm United's five-point win over Leitchville was huge for the Cats.
Gives them a one-game buffer inside the top three with a couple of crunch games to come.
ND: The Cats clawed their way to a hard-fought victory. It's something they have rarely had to do throughout their premiership-winning run in recent years.
Another big test for LBU next Saturday on Mount Pleasant's turf at Toolleen.
The Leitchville-Gunbower Bombers take a break and then front up to Mount Pleasant Blues the following week.
Just the mere mention of Bombers and Blues in the one sentence has you shaking your head. Why?
AB: The only highlight of my footy weekend was the Carlton Blues getting thrashed by Sydney.
In Carlton's defence - at least they got smashed by a good side.
Collingwood made your Bombers actually look good - enough said about that.
Out in the Loddon Valley, Pyramid Hill look set to secure the double chance after scoring a six-goal win over Marong.
I've seen the Bulldogs play a few times this year and they haven't overly impressed me.
The bottom line is they keep winning the crucial games and for the moment they are the number one contender to Bridgewater.
ND: You can gain some solace by watching the Pies premiership victory from '90, Bourkey.
Any team - Essendon, North Bendigo or Pyramid Hill for that matter can look good when the pressure is not on.
All is not lost for those in the Magpie Army, there's still plenty of footy to be played.