LUKE WEST: Was a rough night, Bourkey, on Friday watching the Bombers cop a hiding off the Western Bulldogs, but I got a pep back in my step on Sunday afternoon when Port Adelaide's Robbie Gray slotted that goal after the siren to beat Carlton.
Carlton losing after the siren definitely put a smile back on my face.
ADAM BOURKE: It was blissful to have footy life back to normal again. Impressive win by the Pies, Essendon was poor and Carlton fans got all excited only to be let down by the final result.
Can't think of too many other players that I'd rather have the ball in the situation Gray was in. Genuine superstar.
LW: Nothing beats a kick-after-the-siren game... they become part of footy folklore.
Just think Malcolm Blight's kick from the Princes Park wing in 1976; Luke Shuey's goal in extra-time for the Eagles against Port Adelaide in a 2017 elimination final; and Billy Brownless' goal for Geelong against Footscray in the 1994 qualifying final just to name a few.
But as far as the most memorable, I reckon it's hard to go past Gary Buckenara against Melbourne out at Waverley in the 1987 preliminary final to put the Hawks into the big dance against Carlton.
What's your favourite after-the-siren goal memory?
AB: Scott McCumber for Marist under-15s in the BJFL grand final in the early 1990s. From the boundary line, left forward pocket, Simpsons Road end of Canterbury Park. Stunning.
Chris Tarrant kicked a goal for Collingwood after the siren to beat the Crows at Football Park in 2003. Set shot from about 40m out that snuck home.
Big few weeks of footy coming up with games every night. The teams that come through this patch with three or four wins and the least amount of injuries will be well-placed for the finals.
LW: There's a bit of a Big Bash feel to the season coming up during the cluster of wall-to-wall games in rounds nine to 12 where it will be a case of flicking on the TV to see who is on because it could be easy to lose track of whose playing each night.
Who'd have thought we'd ever see a round of footy played Monday to Friday as round 10 will be in a couple of weeks?
Really looking forward to watching the Gold Coast Suns in a prime time slot on Thursday night against the Western Bulldogs as the start of what look to be some ripping games this weekend.
AB: Agree. GWS versus Richmond should be a cracker. Giants under the pump at the moment. West Coast and Collingwood games in recent years have been great encounters and Sunday's clash should be no exception. Hopefully, the Pies get the biscuits.
Melbourne and the Brisbane Lions has the potential to be a ripping contest as well. The one result for the weekend I'd like to see - the Crows knock off Essendon. That would be good for football.
LW: Definite danger game for the Bombers on Sunday over at Adelaide and losing Cale Hooker to a calf injury doesn't help our cause.
I'll be happy just to get away with four four points and get through unscathed.
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