It's back | KNT season starts

KNTFL action returns to football ovals around the district this weekend.

For most clubs it has been a busy off-season as personnel move on, new players come in and new coaches look to make their mark.

LUCINDALE plays NARACOORTE at Lucindale for the Teys Bros Cup to open up the year.

Last year this match would have been seen as a likely walkover for the Dees but Lucindale have been bolstered with some handy recruits.

Ryan McInerney, Sam Graetz and Sam Mardling are back in Roo country while the man now pulling the strings at Lucindale used to be the man kicking the goals at Naracoorte.

Sam Logan will be relishing his coaching debut against his old side and brother-in-law Dean Woosnam, with the loser supplying the snags for the next family barbecue.

Naracoorte is going down the developing route - with a host of young kids expected to get more game time in the seniors this year.

These youngsters will be complemented by some of the best experienced players in the league such as James Dixon, Brett Gould and Mitch Hartree.

PADTHAWAY meets BORDERTOWN with big things expected from the Lions this year.

They will unveil their big name recruits against a Bordertown side also welcoming some star additions.

Ex-AFL forwards Scott Welsh and Ian Perrie make their debut for Padthaway, along with a host of others.

The Roosters are likely to name ex-SANFL stars Aaron Day and Lee Staple (both Woodville-West Torrens).

Those four names alone are worth the entry fee in what should be a great preview for a potential finals encounter.

BORDER DISTRICTS head up the road to MUNDULLA in what many at the club would see as the ideal time to visit swamp country.

The oval is fresh, dry and green and the Moots are primed to again be a factor come finals time - as they are more often than not.

Under a new coach Mark Good and with a host of new faces the young Eagles will want to impress, but they have a task ahead of them.

Their new recruits will be looked upon to provide a spark and keep the kids on the right track.

PENOLA starts off its premiership defence with a seaside trek to face KINGSTON.

Most pundits would say Penola's premiership hangover would need to be of Zach Galifianakis proportions to lose to Kingston, but it's a new year and it is round one.

Despite losing a few high-profile players there is still a wealth of talent down in Cabernet Sauvignon country.

On a good day Penola coach Adam Merrett can kick more goals than an entire opposition side manages some weeks and stopping his supply will be the major headache for Tim Richards as he picks his side.

He will be hoping the fitter-than-ever Sam Braidwood can equal Merrett and bob up with a few goals, and maybe a few kicks and hitouts up the ground.

KEITH travel to Kaniva to battle KANIVA/LEEOR UNITED.

After a lacklustre 2013 the K/L Cougars have brought in some top quality talent, much like they did in 2012, to look to jump up the ladder.

New coach Neil Reeve knows the club and the league well and provides a solid tall option at either end while big name recruit James Turner is still at Cougarland and is without a doubt one of the most talented footballers in the league.

The Crows have lost a couple but gained a couple from their grand final side with James McEntee and Dion Stratford the most notable outs.

Hugo Drogemuller and Jon Wilson loom as key players for Brad Richardson's men as they look to go one better in 2014.

Kybybolite have the bye.

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