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Ky shaken, but not stirred with stars departing

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April 06, 2018

Mooroopna’s and Kyabram’s opening round match under lights presents the chance to answer many questions from the off-season.

The Bombers have had the biggest shake-up in the side’s make up for half a decade, with premiership stars moving on.

For so long Belinda Lees, Steph Vick, Ash Mangan and Elle Groves have starred across all thirds of the court as the pillars of the side.

But the foursome will not be taking the court in a new era that has young gun Holly Butler stepping into a leadership role.

The swift midcourter joins goal keeper Lauren Pryde and Larissa Carr in a coaching group, with Carr boasting plenty of coaching experience in the past.

The Cats will be looking to see how closely they can stay with the reigning premier in an indication of how they will shape up against the competition.

Jenny Barlow has a similar side to the 2016 team she had at her disposal after taking a year off coaching and again the defence will be the foundation of the side.

With no Lees or Groves to contend with, Maddi Wong and Ash Lancaster should find some valuable intercepts to send their side in the right direction.

Shepparton United is aiming for its first win of the season with an away contest against Euroa.

The Magpies will continue to give game time to young talents and fast track their development, but the Demons’ experience in Jessie Barnes-Hill and Bree Hanslow may be beyond them at the start of the season.

Shepparton showed impressive signs in its opening round win against United and should remain undefeated when it hosts Rochester.

The Tigers will be a new-look side under Linda Rasmussen, with a well-drilled Bears outfit a difficult side to meet first-up.

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