FOOTBALL finals have plenty of fire, intensity and amazing displays of courage.
They are the talk about office tea-rooms and in the street this month - you can start up a conversation with a complete stranger about who will win the premiership or if Chris Judd will fire tonight.
Today's Central Highlands Football League senior final even has Ballarat dissecting Buninyong and Hepburn's strengths.
There should be more talk, like this, about the Constellation Cup.
One of the world's greatest sporting rivalries - Australia and New Zealand on the netball court - will reignite tomorrow.
The Diamonds and Silver Ferns throw everything at each other, every time.
It is easy to lose count how many times these battles have been decided by the smallest of margins, often in overtime.
Slowly, international netball is earning the attention it deserves but it is far from enough for the sporting spectacle it provides.
Most reading this column will be unaware these fiercely contested battles launch this weekend.
The basics are this: New Zealand won the Cup last year, Australia - which won the first two - wants it back. Bad.
They will play a five-match series to claim the coveted Cup, effectively determining the best netball nation in the world (well, the Silver Ferns are ahead in official rankings, but this will help with bragging rights).
New Zealand will host the first two tests in Invercargill and Auckland before the series heads to Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra in a tantalising preview and major hit-out to both nation's Commonwealth Games campaigns for next year.
There is plenty of hype people could be talking about in between football chat.
Netball is one of the highest participation sports for females in Australia.
Most Australian girls have pulled on a netball bib at some stage in their life. Most have an interest.
But netball glory stories always tend to fall down the front of sport pages, as opposed to the big back page news.
Like cricket, there national squads are small and it is extremely hard to reach the top and play for your nation.
Australians talk a lot of cricket, woes and triumphs, and even the non-sporting initiated know Michael Clarke is the most important man in the nation.
How many know Queensland Firebirds' skipper Laura Geitz is preparing to lead her first Australian campaign as test captain?
The rigours of the game could be spoken in a similar vein to Aussie Rules.
Netball, while being non-contact, has gruelling bumps, impressive aerial displays and great tactical manoeuvres (remember the rugby-like Harrison Hoist defensive
play, where a player is raised up by a teammate to block a shot?)
Malawi will play Australia and New Zealand in the next month too, and the Malawian Queens feature the elastic-like goaler Mwai Kumwenda, who has graced Ballarat courts in the Victorian Netball League.
She has just signed with Kiwi club Canterbury Tactix for the 2014 ANZ Championship season.
Just suggesting it is worth a watch tomorrow, especially with no AFL in action and most regional football complete wrapped up today.
We can expect an exciting, amazing display of women's sport starting tomorrow and hopefully, by tuning into free-to-air coverage, the next month might offer a new sporting conversation ice-breaker.
You might just be surprised.