Just nine of the 22 players that represented Leitchville-Gunbower in last year's HDFNL grand final will play for the Bombers in Saturday's round one clash with Mt Pleasant.
Jake Vandongen, Daniel Coates, Logan Prout, Matt Pollock, Lee Pollock, Brady Hore, Matthew Hay, Liam Guinan and Hoby Bussey are the only premiership players who will be on the ground for the Bombers.
The remaining 13 premiership players - Matt Perri, Matt Ladson, Brad Ladson, Daniel Couwenberg, Mitch McEwen, Linc Sieben, Tin Lincoln, Mitch Bruns, Bart Walsh, Shaun Turvey, Ryan Prendergast, Jack Gleeson and Russell de Groot - have either left the club or are unavilable for selection for round one.
The Bombers' heavy turnover of players opens the door for Mt Pleasant to make a statement in the opening round of the season.
The addition of former Kyneton trio Billy Mahony, Dan Davie and Bryce Hinneberg has added some much-needed depth to the Mounts squad.
With coach Darren Walsh in his second year in charge, the Blues are expected to make a run at the top five.
Last year's runner-up North Bendigo also has a different look for the start of its 2019 campaign.
The Bulldogs have seven changes to their grand final side, with the most notable absentee star midfielder/forward Tyson Findlay, who underwent surgery this week on an injured hand.
Bulldogs' coach Matt Dillon said Findlay was expected to miss six to eight weeks.
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The Bulldogs host Huntly in round one with Shane Harris, Jake Hyland and Jack Donat to play their first games for the club, while star duo Brady Herdman and Joel Helman return to action.
After the depature of some of their high-priced Melbourne-based talent, the rebuilding Hawks will field a young side against North Bendigo.
Lockington-Bamawm United couldn't have been more impressive in the way it dismantled White Hills in last week's season-opener.
The Cats should make it two wins from as many games when they host Heathcote on Saturday.
It will be the Saints first game under new coach Wayne Primmer.
The former Essendon player led Sandhurst to a BFNL premiership in 2016.
In the final game of round one, last year's wooden spooner Elmore is at home to this year's premiership favourite Colbinabbin.
The Bloods recruited strongly in the off-season, but they'll still find it tough to match the Grasshoppers.
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