Blues up and going

April 07, 2017

Can Picola United back up a drought-breaking premiership?

There seems to be no reason why it can’t after taking all before it next year.

The Blues have sensational depth at the club, with the reserves also winning the flag, while the thirds were also in contention.

Jon Varcoe’s side has lost Darby Walsh and league medallist David Daniel, but after losing just once last year Picola should be the hunted.

A challenge could come from Berrigan way, with the Saints eager to build on a third-place finish.

They’ve lost best-and-fairest winner Harley Middleton, but the Saints have recruited strongly and Lee Schmidt is bullish about their chances of going deep into finals.

Tocumwal is coming off a disappointing season where it won just six games and was well off the pace.

But the Bloods have picked up a number of stars and will be raring to go under coach Sean Logie.

The inclusions at Tocumwal make for some impressive reading, including former star Lee Warnett, Sam Boake and Darren Atkinson.

Expect the former Murray Football League club to be a force again.

Deniliquin Rovers are set for a big year after being bounced out of finals in the first round last season.

The Rovers have added big man Brody Lumber to add potency in the forward line, while James Kirby and Tanner Robertson shape as handy acquisitions.

Superstar Andrew May is coming off another Pearce Medal win and the Rovers should have more depth to help him out under playing coach Nick Braybon.

The boys at Blighty are bullish after an impressive season where they made the semi-finals.

The Redeyes have brought in Finley pair Jed Brain and James Kennedy, with the former starring in the Cats’ painful MFL grand final defeat last year.

Coach Daniel Kirchen is focusing his attention off the field after hanging up the boots, but Blighty has the talent to push deep into the finals.

Strathmerton is always in contention and has brought in more players than it has lost.

The Bulldogs put together an outstanding finals series to make the decider before being cleaned up by a determined Picola United.

Jerilderie is rebuilding after a strong period of playing finals, but playing coach Josh Hillary is confident the club is on the right track.

Mathoura and Yarroweyah are coming off difficult campaigns, but both sides should improve considerably, particularly the Timbercutters with Phil Hazelman at the helm.

Paul Massingham comes across from Berrigan to lift the Grasshoppers.

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