Langhorne Creek won the past two premierships and start defence with 24 point win

SPECCY: McLaren's seven goal hero James Grimley pulls down a great mark on Saturda, climbing over Victor Harbor ruckman Lachlan Arnold. Photo: Ryan Finlay.

SPECCY: McLaren's seven goal hero James Grimley pulls down a great mark on Saturda, climbing over Victor Harbor ruckman Lachlan Arnold. Photo: Ryan Finlay.

In round one the reigning premiers Langhorne Creek visited Encounter Bay and left the ground with the two points. The Bays never did quit before going down by 24 points.

Performances from Helyar with three goals, Howell and the mercurial McGregor, who booted four goals, made certain of the win. The Hawks led at every change. It was the third term where the Bays fell asleep and the Hawks took every opportunity given to them.

Callum Tonkin was in charge in ruck for the Bays and Baldock and Bradford were hard at the football, but it was the quality of players that the Creek had on board that proved to be the difference.

Perrey, David Warren, Arbon and Jed Rothe won many balls to feed to their forwards. Bonness and Neville were two Bay players that made the Hawks earn the win.

Other winners were McLaren, Yankalilla, Willunga and Strathalbyn.

Round two of this nine round season has Strathalbyn tackle Yankalilla and if the Tigers are to be taken seriously, this will be the win to do it.

In last week's edition The Times was incorrect in stating that the Roosters' last flag was in 2010. Of course, Strathalbyn won the 2014 A grade premiership under Tony Burgess.

Simounds, Marc Elliott, Martin, Stirling and Noske are on fire for the red and white, but the Tigers look formidable with Bond, Kay, Shute, Fisher and Jack Fitzgerald supporting the stars in Thomas, Crabb, Gotch and Liddle.

Kiss Of Death - Strathalbyn at home by 1 point.

Mount Compass host Encounter Bay and you must hand it to coach Peter Galbraith, as he blooded a lot of youth in round one in Rory Bowles, Klaus Simons, Bayden Batzavalis and Jordan Hooper. The Bays have some kids too in Sweetman, Marshall, Bradford and Neville.

Kiss Of Death - Encounter Bay by 15 points.

Willunga are flying and seem the best prepared team after the long break. Scanlan, Haskett, Beath, Altus, Irvine and Lee are hungry for success and the Magpies are well led by Miles, Fry and Ferguson.

Kiss Of Death - Willunga by 22 points.

Myponga/Sellicks host McLaren and McLaren look powerful with Grimley up front, Steve Kahl giving his all and McKay and Ellis winning the ball at will. Kennedy, Lang, Partridge and Clarke will be trying to get the Mudlarks over the line for their first win of the season.

Kiss Of Death - McLaren by 10 points.

Victor Harbor will not expect any favours against Langhorne Creek. Sellar, Howell, Perrey and Helyar will be unstoppable, but you have to love the efforts of Roo youngsters Wade, Kleinig, Stichl and Levy. Schubert and Bartram are fine leaders at Victor.

Kiss Of Death - Langhorne Creek by 37 points.

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