Selection will be very interesting. At this stage I reckon the only certainties of the new and returning players are Watson, Heppell, Hurley, McGrath and Stewart. McKernan will also play.
Hooker 50/50, Bellch and Myers obviously out. Have Stanton, Hocking, Howlett and Colyer shown enough in JLT? In saying that, three of those will probably play.
Is that enough of a change from last year's wooden spooners to beat the Hawks? Dunno. However, don't discount the pure passion and desire that will lift us.
But then, a midfield with Merrett, Watson, Heppell and Parish is mighty and our forward line actually looks dangerous.
Defence is shaky on paper, and this also why I still think we're best off keeping Hooker as a forward.