EACH summer, Wendouree reinvents its line up and draws on its trademark depth.
For the past five seasons, the Red Caps have pieced together a dominant team that has captured the Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts shield.
The Red Caps will once again step out on the field tomorrow with a new look, featuring just five returning premiership players for the season-opener against Golden Point.
New captain David Ellis has been promoted to lead his charges as the Red Caps vie for a sixth straight flag.
“I’m excited to have a new challenge,” Ellis said.
“A few players have been made unavailable for the start of the season but we’re looking forward to some of the younger guys showing what they can do ... I also look forward to seeing the new recruits and who other clubs have picked up that you hear about in the opening round.
“I think it’s going to be a nice and tight – really tight – competition this season.”
Wendouree will launch its campaign against Golden Point, a team which has a strong young core of players starting to break through with a couple of years’ experience.
Point has the potential to be a top four team this season and will be hungry to prove this first-up.
Brown Hill, with former Australian fast bowler Shane Harwood teaming up with lethal quick Matt McMahon, will strike fear into rivals and Mt Clear is also touted to be an early flag favourite in the firsts with its strong recruiting, including dual EJ Cleary medallist and all-rounder Nathan Yates.
Wendouree fourths should serve up an interesting clash with the Pointies this round – Ballarat AFL players Nick O’Brien and Brad Crouch have been named for action at Sparrow Ground.