All 11 KNTFL football clubs now have A grade coaches for season 2019 after Naracoorte filled its vacant position.
Most of the clubs had their leaders set by the end of October, but Naracoorte had been working to replace playing coach Chris Ladhams after he resigned in November after one year in charge.
The Demons have just this week appointed long-term player Zack Donnelly as A grade coach, with former reserves premiership coach Simon Cox returning as reserves coach.
Other club appointments and reported player movements:
Premiers MUNDULLA have appointed long-time player Nick Davis as A grade coach. Davis replaces premiership coach Tim Williams who stepped down after the grand final triumph. The Tigers are losing joint 2018 league medallist Tim McIntyre to the Wimmera league.
Losing grand finalist KEITH has reappointed playing coach George Thring for a second year after he led the Crows to within a kick of the premiership. The Crows are set to lose gun goalkicker Ben Simounds to Strathalbyn.
Last year’s minor premiers KANIVA/LEEOR UNITED will be a major player again in 2019, retaining all of this year’s travelling recruits from Adelaide, as well as reappointing playing coach Nick Murphy. They are also working on trying to get a number of ex-locals back to the club. Club president Jason “Chippa” Gordon said the Cougars would be driven in 2019 after their straight sets exit from the 2018 finals.
PENOLA has further strengthened its player stocks after finishing fourth under non-playing coach Matt Tilby in 2018. Tilby has been reappointed and will have the services of Western Border interleague players Brad Bryant from South Gambier and Brock Egan from North Gambier. The Eagles will also have former gun local junior Brad Merrett back from Adelaide.
Penola premiership key forward Brodie Foster has moved on to Mid SE club Glencoe.
LUCINDALE has reappointed former league medallist Ryan McInerney as playing coach for a second season. A club spokesman said it was likely the Roos would hold on to most of their playing list from this year.
As mentioned earlier, NARACOORTE has appointed long-time player Zack Donnelly as A grade coach. He is unlikely to play. The Demons have also recently announced the recruitment of reigning Sunraysia league medallist Josh Gregg, former club junior and ex-Padthaway and Border Districts player Andrew Cheer, as well as Sam Gurney from South Adelaide and Brad Mitchell from Glenelg and Darwin.
The Demons are set to lose 2018 travelling players Nathan Davey and James Moss as well as Richie Pendle who has moved to Darwin.
BORDER DISTRICTS have reappointed non-playing coach Darrin Wilson for a third season. Club president Darren Walter said Borders would retain most of this season’s playing list, including most of the travelling players.
KYBYBOLITE has reappointed playing coach Tom Cooper, who took over after round 2 of the 2018 season. The Tigers will lose long-serving backman Ray Jaensch, a regular interleague player, who has left for Padthaway, as well as brothers Sean and Darcy Munn to Edwardstown, and ruckman Nick Belfield to the River Murray league, but have reportedly picked up at least two travelling recruits from the Adelaide Hills area.
PADTHAWAY has a new coach to replace non-playing coach of 2018, Scott Welsh, as well as a lot of new players. Tarak Redigolo will be a playing coach and comes from South Adelaide where he played 100 senior games as a medium sized backman.
The Lions have also recruited heavily, picking up long-time Kybybolite and former Naracoorte defender Ray Jaensch and promising Bordertown tall Jacob Eats from within the league. They have also gained Thomas Breynard, Matt Raitt, Josh Heading, Josh Vandermeer, Matt Caire, Michael Diestel-Fedderson and Jack Scott from outside the local area.
The Lions will unfortunately lose multiple best and fairest player Tom Edwards (Goodwood Saints) and full back Tom McNamara (Strathalbyn).
KINGSTON has reappointed Brad Richardson for a third year as non-playing coach and the Saints have recruited heavily in an effort to rise up the ladder.
They’ve picked up Jacob Fisher, Brett Simpson, Tom Rogers and Scott Mazzone from amateur league club Broadview, Scott Newman from Henley, and Isaac Hewson and James Siviour from Norwood.
They will also have ex-locals returning in former A grader Dylan Richardson as well as senior colts premiership players Brock Kennedy, Tyson Mills and Harrison Martin. On the list of outs is goalkicking midfielder Max Wakefield who is moving to McLaren.
BORDERTOWN started to rebuild under new playing coach Cam Sandercock after a disappointing 2017, being much more competitive in 2018 despite still finishing on the bottom of the ladder. Sandercock has been reappointed for a second season. The only reported player loss at this stage is young tall Jacob Eats who has joined Padthaway.