COACH: NICK BRAYBON
2016 FINISH: FIFTH (10–7)
2016 BEST-AND-FAIREST: ANDREW MAY
2016 LEADING GOAL-KICKER: TERRY LUMBAR (52)
GROUND: MEMORIAL PARK
The Deni Rovers are set for a big year thanks to a host of new recruits.
The Roos were the big improvers of the competition last year and have kept the core of their senior playing group, as well as adding some star juniors from their premiership-winning thirds.
Key position players were the order of the off-season, and the Roos have welcomed back former player Brody Lumber and added Edenhope Apsley’s James Kirby and Lake Wendouree’s Tanner Robertson.
Lumber is no stranger to the Picola League, having kicked over 100 goals for Blighty in 2012.
“Goal-kicking is probably where we suffered most last year so to have some tall timber up front will be a massive help,” Rovers’ playing coach Nick Braybon said.
“We’ll probably rotate positions throughout the year with some of the bigger boys like Brody, James, Tanner and myself spending time up forward and up the ground.
“I’m excited to see what our thirds graduates in Ryan Murray and John Allitt can do this year; both have been at nearly every training session since preseason began and look ready for senior footy.”
The Roos hopped back into the finals last year off the back of a strong midfield that included league medallist Andrew May and his brother Dylan, James Gilligan and Rhys McCulloch.
IN: Brody Lumber (Deni Rams), James Kirby (Edenhope Apsley), Tanner Robertson (Lake Wendouree), Mark Lamborn (Birdwood), Jordyn McCulloch (Waubra).
OUT: James Gilligan (Jerilderie), Dylan East, Matt Atley, Andrew Hogan (Deni Rams), Braden Leech (university).