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Bendigo Gold to fold

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Reported by Luke West
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THE Bendigo Gold will not renew its licence at the end of the season, bringing to an end Bendigo's VFL involvement.

REACTION: Bendigo Gold coach Aussie Jones says decision to call time the right move

REACTION: Executive chairman says financial tightrope wears down the Gold

FROM THE HEART: A player's perspective of the decision

EDITORIAL: Gold's demise hurts our city

COMMENT: Disappointing day but decision was inevitable

PICTURES: A look back at the players who proudly supported the blue and gold

The Gold's playing group and staff were told at the QEO tonight of the board's decision to call it quits at the end of the season.

Wednesday night’s announcement comes less than a year after the Gold’s successful survival campaign late in the 2013 season when the club put its future on the line seeking more support.

"We've been going through the planning with what's involved with the licence renewal at the end of the year, but the one thing we've come to as a board is we can't see VFL football is sustainable longer-term in the town," Gold chairman Tim Dickson said.

"One of the reasons is the VFL is becoming much more competitive. An average club ran on three quaters of a million dollars a few years ago. That's probably up near around one million dollars now, so it's moving forward fairly quickly."

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Bendigo Gold relish Essendon test

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Reported by Adam Bourke
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AT first glance a four-day break plus a star-studded Essendon team adds up to a lot of trouble for the Bendigo Gold.

Everything points towards a tough day for the Gold in the Good Friday clash at the QEO.

Gold coach Aussie Jones disagrees, saying the David versus Goliath nature of the contest brings out the best in his squad.

“The challenging week we’ve had coming off a short break has actually brought the team together,’’ Jones said.

“They know they have their backs against the wall, but they relish the challenge and enjoy trying to prove people wrong.

“Everyone knows the Gold will have a dip. The challenge for us this week is to maintain it.”

Slow start costs Gold against Dolphins

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THE Bendigo Gold were beaten by fellow VFL stand-alone team Frankston in their final practice match at Strathfieldsaye on Saturday.

The Gold were forced to play catch-up football after the Dolphins - who used four more players - made the stronger start on the way to a 16.7 (103) to 9.8 (62) win.

"We started poorly and just weren't switched on like we needed to be early," Gold coach Aussie Jones said.

"We can't afford to turn up to games without that ultimate attitude to compete and we just didn't have that early and Frankston got the jump on us.

"But we got better and in the back half of the second quarter and the third quarter we dominated them.

Gold facing tough VFL draw

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THE Bendigo Gold will hope the saying 'be careful what you wish for' doesn't ring true after the VFL fixture was released on Tuesday.

The Gold got the home draw it wanted, with five bumper clashes against AFL clubs' standalone teams.

But Bendigo will also face a challenging away fixture.

The positives include QEO clashes against Geelong in round one, Essendon on Good Friday evening and Footscray on Anzac Day night.

Richmond on a Saturday night and Collingwood to kick-off the final round are other highlights.

Bendigo Gold gets bumper games at QEO

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THE Bendigo Gold's coffers should be boosted by a dream home draw for the 2014 Victorian Football League season.

The Gold will play many AFL clubs' VFL teams in Bendigo next season.

Bumper night games against Essendon on Good Friday and the Footscray Bulldogs on Anzac Day are highlights.

Bendigo will kick-off its season underlights at the QEO on Friday, April 4 against Geelong.

The match will be a measuring stick for the Gold's pre-season improvement under second-year coach Aussie Jones.