KNTFL football round 2 | PREVIEW

A split round 2 starts on Saturday with four games and finishes with the Anzac Day clash between Naracoorte and Kyby on Tuesday

The match of the round is undoubtedly the game between Mundulla and Lucindale at Mundulla on Saturday.

Both sides have come into 2017 with high expectations and did nothing to dampen those hopes with big round 1 wins over Border Districts and Naracoorte respectively.

Mundulla seems to have much improved depth this season with stars Tim McIntyre and Grady Obst added, along with a handful of others which means they have a deeper list.

One of the most impressive things about Mundulla in round 1 was the wide spread of goalkickers. They had six players kick three goals or more, and surprisingly none of them were key forwards Luke Wiese or James Hinge.

Lucindale has probably less depth than Mundulla, but its stars are as good as any in the competition. Names like Snowball in the ruck, McInerney, Logan and Spriggs on the ball and Graetz, Smart and Mardling across full forward are not to be denied, and the Roos will be tough to beat.

Border Districts will host Kaniva/Leeor United which will give both sides a chance for their first wins of the season.

Borders aren’t as bad as the round 1 result might suggest and they were competitive early against Mundulla before being blasted out of the water in the second half.

They have a lot of new players who will be better for that run and will now be more aware of what’s needed to be competitive in this league. KLU also has a handful of new players and after a first-up loss to Padthaway they will also now know that you have to be at your best to get a kick in the KNT.

Playing at Goroke means there’s not much of a home ground advantage for Borders and KLU might be favourites to win.

Kingston will host Padthaway, with Padthaway looking to build on a round 1 win and Kingston looking for its first win of the year.

The Saints will enjoy using their young legs on the large expanses of their home ground at Gall Park, but Padthaway also has a good running side and the likes of Fraser, Brown, Boyanton, Marshall and Dicker might be too nimble for the Saints.

A lot of interest will be on the action at Penola’s McCorquindale Park, where reigning premiers Penola will host a Bordertown side which will make its 2017 debut after a first round bye.

The Bordertown team will be very different to last year’s with so many of its A grade players gone. The Roosters have lost most of last year’s side but are a proud club and those wearing the red and white will still give it their all.

Against the powerful Penola though, the challenge will be too much.

Then it’s on to Anzac Day on Tuesday, when Naracoorte will host Kyby.

Kyby will be hot favourites after making last year’s grand final and beating reigning premiers Penola in round 1, while Naracoorte was well beaten by Lucindale.

But clashes between these two clubs are rarely one-sided and Naracoorte will want to put on a good show on its home deck on such a big day on the footy calendar.

As usual on Anzac Day, the order of games will be junior colts at noon, followed by reserves, A grade and then senior colts under lights.