Great Southern football starts on Saturday will all 10 clubs involved

IT IS ON: New vice captain of the Victor Harbor Football Club Zac Dowling weaves some magic through traffic in a trial game.
IT IS ON: New vice captain of the Victor Harbor Football Club Zac Dowling weaves some magic through traffic in a trial game.

The 2020 Great Southern Football League will finally start on Saturday and with a long off season there have been plenty of changes.

In fact seven of the clubs have new A grade coaches and a steady array of stars have joined the League.

Nine games plus finals will make up this incredibly different season and it will be a sprint to the finish.

The musical chairs in the coaching ranks included two high profile appointments. James Sellar has taken over from dual premiership coach Clint Godwin at Langhorne Creek and has the Tonkin brothers, Matt and Scott, Dave Warren and Felipe Hill to strengthen the ranks. They will still be the team to beat.

North Melbourne superstar Lindsay Thomas has injected life into Yankalilla as playing coach for 2020 and with him comes the mid field power of Nick Liddle and Ethan Moore and key defender Bradley Crabb.

Strathalbyn have not won a premiership since 2010 and the man in charge then was Peter Simmons. The club has called on Simmons to repeat the dose and have recruited well with Brodie Martin, Jarrad Greenbank, Zac Edwards, Xavier Redden and Wayne Batson coming to the club.

Myponga/Sellicks have Rod Mitchell at the helm and hope his magic touch will continue after so much success at Flagstaff Hill. The Mudlarks have recruited well and with the Tigers, are the two teams predicted to be the big improvers.

Sam Kennedy, Dylan Lang, Ryan Kelly, Daniel Trevena and ruck Brett Baillie are in green and gold this season with Kennedy a star to watch.

Victor Harbor has Damien Cross as coach and although the club has lost many players they have still regrouped and picked up Lachlan and Jacob Eats, Jason McCarthy and Lachlan Arnold and great youth in Dylan Klienig and Henry Martin.

Goolwa/Port Elliot's new coach is Todd Miles and he has the task of getting the Magpies up the ladder. Players such as Brad Prior, Damien Nangle, Tyson Schmid and Travis Ekers will boost the playing stocks.

Speedy wingman Travis Ekers gets on his trusty left foot for the Magpies.

Speedy wingman Travis Ekers gets on his trusty left foot for the Magpies.

The last club to change coaches is Encounter Bay who appointed Scott Wendelborn. The Bays have recruited key forward Braydon Renshaw and Tom Neville and have Eli Horrocks and Reece Kleinig back at the club.

Willunga will be a force under Mitch Portlock and have picked up Daniel Irvine, Brian Fenton and Myles Warmington, Mount Compass have taken some big hits, but two time premiership coach Peter Galbraith is not fazed.

The Dogs have lost Pinyon, the Corbett brothers, Copestick and Ruddock, but picked up Sam Hannaford, Nick Mott and Matthew Skrypek. McLaren are fit and ready to go under Gianni Petruuci with some big inclusions.

Todd McKay will bolster the mid field, Alex Moyle, Stephen Branson and will have Jordan Mutton, Green and Smith back from long term injuries.

Round one will have everyone curious and Goolwa/Port Elliot host Strathalbyn. The Magpies will show much improvement, but will it be enough to beat a team that is hungry for success and has the best centre half forward in the competition in Ben Simounds.

Kiss Of Death - Strathalbyn by 19 points.

Yankalilla and Myponga/Sellicks will be the two big improvers over the next nine games, but the Tigers have a great arsenal with the Durdin brothers at either end of the ground and a mid field rarely seen in the GSFL.

Kennedy will be hard to stop and Baillie in ruck will give the young Mudlarks plenty of direction.

Kiss Of Death - Yankalilla by 7 points.

Mount Compass are at home to Willunga and the Demons have more depth than any team in the competition. Standfield, Haskett and Beath are still there and the Dogs will have a new look team to try to upset the favourites.

Kiss Of Death - Willunga by 20 points.

Encounter Bay host the reigning premiers and the Hawks are hungry for three in a row, but are traditionally slow starters. Sellar, Derham, the Cleggett boys are stars, but Wendelborn has the Bays sweetly tuned and Davis-Neale is brilliant fresh and Callum Tonkin is one of the best ruckman in the league.

Kiss Of Death - Encounter Bay by 4 points.

McLaren see Victor Harbor travel over the hill and although the Roos have replenished their list, they have lost too many players to win this one. Sam Basham and possibly Alleway will be superb marking targets, but centre clearances could be the problem.

Kiss Of Death - McLaren by 23 points.


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