Mallee football season begins

Border Downs-Tintinara

Border Downs-Tintinara have lost players, but will still be the measuring stick in 2013.

The big man department has taken the biggest hit with Ty McKenna, Kevin Kock and Hayden Schilling leaving.

Jarred Sampson has returned to the West Coast, Shane Binns is not playing and Ben Hooper is in doubt with a back injury.

Scott Butler, Matthew James and Scott Huddlestone come in to offset some of the losses.

The midfield is still capable of winning enough ball and kicking goals to remain a force in 2013.

Peake

Peake have recruited well with coach Sam Mahoney, Trevor Rigney, Michael Baker, Gabe Phillips and Shane Heinrich all quality players and Kym Markwick returning to strengthen the defence.

The problem is the losses from 2012 - Pat Casey, Travis Carling, Rick Berling, Lachlan Wilson and Trent Wingard who were among the best players last season.

Not sure if there is enough depth to push for a finals spot if the top players can be held in check.

Karoonda

Karoonda are without Mark Corrie, who has returned to Victoria, while Brodie Chinner and Nick Zander are not playing at the moment.

The depth should be better with Jackson Koch, Danny Walker, Jarred Woodward, Clint Warhurst, Matt Pfeiffer and Wayne Luckett likely to have an impact.

It is hard to replace the quality of the three players missing and it will require a consistent effort from all to repeat last year's effort of playing in the grand final.

Lameroo

Ben Grieger returns to Lameroo from the SANFL Eagles in a major boost for 2013.

Former juniors Scott Fischer and Tom Caulfield return along with recruits Jarred Thorpe and Jacob Ryan.

Mark Benham will return after missing 2012 with a knee reconstruction.

Vaughan Noonan, Ricky Hunter and Tom Bascomb will be missing from the 2012 line-up and Billy McNeilly has injured a shoulder in a trial match.

Lameroo look to have improved on the 2012 season.

Murrayville

Trent Sporn has succumbed to a knee injury and been forced into retirement while 2012 captain Nick Rees is coaching elsewhere.

Clint Gates, Seb Moroney, Sam Mader, Ali Vessali are new recruits that will hit the turf this year, but the biggest impact may be the return of Drew Crane after a year off as he is capable of kicking 100 goals for Murrayville.

Murrayville also look as though they will make a push up the ladder in 2013.

Pinnaroo

Ryan Nickolls has gone to the Riverland while Chris Hughes and Anthony Lippis have also returned to the Riverland. Brad Cook, Matthew Kennewell, Sean McIvor and Simon Reeve have been recruited from the Amateur League with Brad Sheridan a huge boost after returning from overseas.

Pinnaroo will improve but I'm not sure by how much.

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