Final Word - July 31

LW: Bourkey, it seems your recent absence from Final Word has a direct correlation in the absence of Collingwood's ability to win games of footy.

NOT HAPPY: Bourkey can't bare to talk about Collingwood's disastrous past month. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

NOT HAPPY: Bourkey can't bare to talk about Collingwood's disastrous past month. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

While your Magpies are faltering as the finish line starts to approach, my Bombers have found their second wind and are on the charge towards September.

AB: Next question.

LW: I'll let you off the hook and switch to the topic to local footy.

AB: Good decision.

LW: It promises to be a memorable weekend for Kangaroo Flat as the club celebrates its 150th.

The Roos are the third Bendigo Football League club in the past five years behind Castlemaine and Sandhurst to commemorate 150 years, which shows just how long our great game has been a part of the region for.

This weekend has been hyped all year by Kangaroo Flat, and while it's massive for the club to pay homage to its past, the playing group can't afford to take its eyes off the present, and that's Saturday's home clash with South Bendigo.

It could be so easy out at Dower Park with such a big build-up and hype around the celebrations this week to get distracted from the bigger picture, which is all about securing enough wins to grab that fifth spot over this next month.

AB: It will be a somber party if the Roos don't pick up the four points.

A loss against the Bloods would be a telling blow to their finals chances.

Can't see that happening. Roos are in top form and the Bloods will struggle to kick a big enough score.

The closest game of the round will be at Maryborough where the Magpies host Golden Square.

I know Maryborough was woeful against the Storm last week, but this game will be a different story.

The Magpies on home turf, smaller ground, against a very young Square outfit.

​Don't be shocked old mate if this one goes down to the wire.

LW: The Magpies have played some good footy on their home ground the past six weeks or so and the Bulldogs certainly won't be under-estimating them.

You're right about the young Square outfit at the moment. Outside the likes of Corey Jones, Simon Rosa, Jack Geary, Clayton Anderson, Dale Young, Dale Lowry and Hamish Morcom, there wasn't a hell of a lot of experience in the Bulldogs' team that belted Kyneton by 93 points last week.

Great signs for the Bulldogs' going forward that they are still a very competitive unit having blooded around 10 first-game players this year.

AB: I wouldn't like to be a Castlemaine player this week.

I reckon the Sandhurst boys will be very keen to make a statement this week.

Even though they won last week, the Dragons conceded 20 goals and lost top spot on the ladder.

Good teams bounce back from those efforts in a big way.

Had a look at Strathfieldsaye last week.

Wow.

Right now, the only thing that can beat the Storm this year is the mental demons of last year.

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