AFTER a disappointing loss in round one, Border Districts will be looking to atone when they play Mundulla at Frances on Saturday.
Another loss here and they will be forced to play catch-up in order to cement their spot as one of the genuine threats to the KNTFL flag.
The Eagles will be hoping that leading goalkicker Paul
Smith’s sizeable hamstrings are fit enough for the big forward to front up for his fi rst match since their trial game against Nhill in March.
In his absence, small forward Clint Barras kicked four against Naracoorte and will be a danger to the Mundulla defence if he is not closely watched this weekend.
Smith’s size up forward would be a more than handy addition to a Border Districts forwardline which missed his imposing presence.
New recruits Corey Burr and Kieran Flanigan showed plenty on debut and are sure to create problems for Mundulla with their pace and skill.
Borders midfielder Jay Zeuner has had a difficult start to 2012 and will be hoping to shake some niggling injuries in order to take his spot on Saturday.
Borders have been dealt a big blow with key defender Jarrad Hirst to miss with what could be a serious shoulder injury.
In the round’s other matches, Kybybolite host Padthaway with both teams coming off a win in
Jamie Bittner and Michael Pannell played well in the
engine room for Kyby last week while Heath Nankivell and Ciaran Buckley were revelations up forward.
Ben Gunning and George Verco were key players in
Padthaway’s win over Mundulla and the Lions will be hoping they again stand up in what will be a tough ask for their side.
Penola open their season at home after a round one bye.
They face Keith who were gallant in defeat last weekend and will be looking to keep up the pressure.
Naracoorte travel to Bordertown and are a real chance of opening their season with two wins on the trot.
Simon Cox was unstoppable up forward last week with six goals while Mitch Hartree collected best on ground in the Demons’ win over Borders.
Lucindale travel to Kingston looking to open their account after a surprise loss first up at home to Kaniva/Leeor.
Kingston will be looking to improve as they front up at
home for the first time.
Lucindale’s Ryan McInerney was one of his side’s best on the weekend and will have to be checked closely for the Saints to have any chance of winning.
On previous season’s form this should be an easy win for Lucindale but both teams are winless in 2012 and will be keen to get the points this weekend.