DOWN TO THE WIRE: Kangaroo Flat and Castlemaine clash at Dower Park on Saturday. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

DOWN TO THE WIRE: Kangaroo Flat and Castlemaine clash at Dower Park on Saturday. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

LW: Doley, I reckon Kangaroo Flat should call in the sign painters today and change the slogan at Dower Park from "home of the Roos" to "home of the BFL thriller".

The Kangaroo Flat supporters are certainly getting value for money at their home games this year, with yet another Dower Park thriller on Saturday in the Bendigo Football League.

The Roos' two point win over Castlemaine follows earlier games at Dower Park this season where they beat Gisborne by one point and lost to Kyneton by three points and Golden Square by six points.  

Saturday's win was crucial for the Roos as it now puts them a game clear inside the top five, but on the other hand, you've got to feel for Castlemaine - a club that has only won eight of its previous 85 games - to fall agonisingly short.

ND: The Roos and Pies fans were really jumpy in the final minutes of what was a great contest.

Castlemaine's been on the end of some big defeats this season. To fall just short of what would have been a third victory this season was a huge blow to the Magpies' players, coaches and fans.

The 'Maine will have gained confidence for their next battle of the Pies at Maryborough next round. Castlemaine did beat the Princes Park Pies earlier in the season.  

LW: Talking to coach Shane Robertson on Saturday night, this loss really stung the Castlemaine players.

And that's exactly the sort of hurt Robertson was wanting from his players after his "line in the sand" comments to both the playing group and in the paper last week.

It looks like it was a much better effort from South Bendigo this week to stick with Golden Square for most of the day at the QEO.

Golden Square's inaccuracy of 11.22 must have kept the game closer than what it could have potentially been, but did I read that Clayton Anderson kicked two goals for the Bulldogs - including a goal of the year contender?

ND: For all these years Clayton has spent most of his time dominating in a back pocket. 

His snapshot from near the boundary, and on the run in the pocket closest to the kiosk was incredible.

I watched this goal from the grandstand, Westy, not when I was ordering a hot dog at the kiosk.

There were a couple of great goals in this match. 

Square's inaccuracy kept it much closer, but South Bendigo's intensity and skill level was at a much greater level.

South did not look like a team that had a 1-9 record going into Saturday's clash. 

LW: It was back to earth with a thud for Maryborough down at Gardiner Reserve.

The Magpies competed well with Gisborne in the freezing conditions in the first half before the Bulldogs unleashed a brutal last hour when they kicked 16 goals to three to blow Maryborough away by 91 points.

That win keeps the Bulldogs two games clear inside the top three and on track for the double chance.

Elsewhere, Strathfieldsaye and Sandhurst both got the job done against Eaglehawk and Kyneton and can now look forward to the most-anticipated match of the season at the QEO this Saturday when they clash.

With the Dragons 11-0 and the Storm 10-1, what a game it promises to be. Surely, it won't be a whitewash again like round three when the undermanned Strathfieldsaye was thumped by 14 goals.

ND: Could be the grand final rehearsal on Saturday, although Golden Square and Gisborne will be doing all they can to be there fighting for the Bendigo Advertiser premiership cup in September.

Big match and should draw a big crowd.



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