JOINT McDonald Medallists Clint Burdett and Graeme Mentiplay have tipped today’s Millewa Football League grand final to be a shootout between top two goal scorers Rob “Sonny” Lindsey and Mark Duscher.

Duscher is one goal away from the magical milestone of 100 for the season, while Lindsey has amassed an impressive 132 for the year.

Incredibly, Lindsey has kicked seven goals or more in 12 of his 17 games.

Werrimull will welcome the return of Jamie Roberts, Brad Duscher and most importantly, Bendigo Gold captain Ben Duscher.

Gol Gol will go in unchanged from the side that defeated Bambill by 61 points in last weekend’s

preliminary final.

Gol Gol’s Burdett and Werrimull’s Mentiplay will be hoping for more than individual glory when the ball is bounced at Lake Cullulleraine this afternoon.

The duo were tied on 16 votes for the MFL’s best and fairest award last Friday night, but agreed a premiership medallion was more important to their CVs.

“To win it with Graeme as well, who is a great player, is a big honour for sure,” Burdett said.

“Any league medal you win is a huge honour.

“Everyone says they would like to hand back a league medal for a premiership and this is no different.”

Mentiplay said it was an honour to take out the league’s best and fairest award alongside Burdett.

“It was a very big surprise – I’m very lucky, I suppose,” Mentiplay said.

Burdett, who became the third Hawk in five years to win the McDonald Medal, said the Hawks would be keen to avenge their semi-final loss to the Magpies a fortnight ago.

“Sunday’s game against Bambill was the best we have played in probably a good month of footy,” he said.

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Clint Burdett and Graeme Mentiplay

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