CAN any team stop Carngham-Linton?
CAN any team stop Carngham-Linton in their quest for four flags on the trot?
That's the question on the lips of Lexton Plains league followers, after the Saints snatched their third consecutive premiership with a six-point win over Skipton in last year's grand final.
The Saints have retained most of their playing stocks from last season, as well as signing Nathan Wemyss from Bungaree.
But Skipton, eager to go one step better than last season, have added depth and pace by recruiting East Point utility Toby Boyle and Newlyn on-baller Damien Larkin.
Finals action beckons once again for last year's big improvers Navarre.
The Grasshoppers have added former VFL-listed players Steven Benham and Dean Capewell to their line-up.
Minor premiers Rokewood-Corindhap will be desperate to make amends for last year's failed finals campaign.
The club has appointed former VCFL representative player Tom Mullane-Grant as coach after James McNamee left for Dunolly.
The Lexton Tigers will be looking for redemption and a spot in the finals after a disappointing 2008 season.
Under new coach Eamon Johnson, the Tigers have added Nathan Barnes from North City and Simon Irving from Ballarat and are building towards September action.
Natte-Bealiba is keeping its recruiting cards close to its chest after falling from runners-up in 2007 to finishing outside the finals last season.
Illabarook was the surprise packet last year and new young talent from the Ballarat region, including Joel Van Gils, Daniel Gamble and Josh Wheeler, should keep the club in the finals mix.
Ararat Eagles won its first match in more than two seasons last year and will be hopeful of more victories as its promising juniors continue to develop.
The season starts on April 18, with a grand final rematch between Carngham-Linton and Skipton on April 19