EAGLEHAWK captain Jason Abbott is confident his side has the bowling options to cover the departure of speedster Richard Tibbett this Bendigo District Cricket Association season.
Tibbett is headed to Premier League club Richmond following 95 wickets in the past six seasons in the first XI with the Hawks.
"Tibby is going down to have a crack at Richmond," Abbott said on Wednesday.
"He's a big loss for us, but it would have been a massive loss for us if we hadn't compensated him with the pick-up of Aaron Monro.
"Tibby was a big X-factor for us with his pace and it would be great to still have him in the side, but you're not going to begrudge a guy for having a go down in Melbourne.
"I reckon Tibby will go well down there. Seeing what he has done in Melbourne Country Week, the wickets down there suit him a bit more and he has a bit more pace down there."
While Tibbett has left Canterbury Park, the Hawks have recruited former White Hills captain Aaron Monro.
Monro is an option to take the new ball for Eaglehawk, while the Hawks also have the likes of veteran Andrew Smith, Cameron McGlashan, who is getting over an ankle niggle suffered in the Bendigo Football League reserves grand final last month, and Cory Jacobs as players to open the bowling.
Eaglehawk will also have an off-spinning option in Todd Brown, who will be like a recruit after an interrupted 2012-13 season.
"Without Tibby there's still options there for us with the ball," Abbott said.
The Hawks were beaten in last season's grand final by Strathdale-Maristians.
Tibbett is the only member of last season's grand final team who won't be playing with the Hawks again.
"We haven't spoken at all about that loss as a group... but it certainly gives us some motivation to go one better," Abbott said.
Eaglehawk opens its 2013-14 BDCA campaign this Saturday when it takes on Craig Howard's Sandhurst at Weeroona Oval in a one-day game.
"It's always a dangerous game at Weeroona Oval. It only needs one guy to get going with the bat on that ground and a game can change quickly," Abbott said.
"We have to make sure we're right to go from the first ball."