KNTFL football round 2 | PREVIEW

Round 2 of KNTFL football this Saturday promises to be just as interesting as round 1.

There were a couple of upsets in the opening round, and the likes of Padthaway and Lucindale, who were pre-season fancies but lost their first game, will be keen to atone this week.

Padthaway will host a Kyby side making its debut for 2019.

Kyby is starting the year with minus 16 premiership points because of player payment breaches and has a new look side with some of last year's prime movers gone, and three former Langhorne Creek players making their Tiger debuts this week.

Padthaway had an impressive pre-season recruiting drive but had a surprise round 1 loss to Border Districts and will be desperate to get a win. Adding to the interest in the game is that Ray Jaensch will line up for Padthaway after crossing from Kyby in the pre-season.

Naracoorte v Borders will be a very keenly fought game with Borders getting a first round win and Naracoorte disappointing against the reigning premiers Mundulla after having a promising pre-season.

Naracoorte also suffered some injuries in that game so will have its depth tested straight up. Borders might be favourites to make it 2-0.

Lucindale v KL United will be match of the round, with both likely to be finals contenders.

Lucindale started the year with a loss and KLU with a win, but the strength of opposition was different and this should be a hotly contested game. Lucindale might struggle to contain the strength of KLU goalkicker Michael Wundke who bagged nine goals in his Cougar debut, but the Lucindale midfield will be keen to bounce back after chasing Penola jumpers last week.

Bordertown will really be up against it facing potent looking arch rivals Mundulla in a night game at Bordertown.

Mundulla captain Jake McGrice will play his 200th game and Bordertown's Josh Searle his 150th.

The Roosters were competitive against KLU last week in a promising performance, but Mundulla looked a class above against Naracoorte and will be really hard to hold.

Kingston has been dealt a tough hand with a match-up with Penola following their first round loss to Keith and the new Saints players are certainly getting a glimpse of what quality KNTFL opposition looks like. The Saints will enjoy getting onto their own paddock this week but the visiting Penola side looks the real deal and will be heading to the seaside as firm favourites.

Keith has the bye this week. All clubs will have the Easter weekend off, before starting a split round 3 on ANZAC Day with Kybybolite hosting Naracoorte in a twilight fixture.

  • Full A grade team placings are printed in the Budget available on game day
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