THE Rup-Minyip versus Homers grand final replay at Rupanyup will be the highlight of Saturday's Horsham A Grade cricket action.
Homers looks the team to beat in the 2013-14 season, with the reigning premiers adding dominant all-rounder Craig Britten and South African paceman Siphe Mzaidume to its squad.
Mzaidume, who is likely to open the bowling for the Pigeons, has a solid cricket resume, which includes state under-19s cricket in South Africa and four seasons in the UK.
Britten comes in after an impressive season with both bat and ball, taking 31 wickets at an average of 28 and scoring 399 runs at 21.
With the gains comes a big loss in medium-fast bowler Tyson Treacy-Keegan, who has moved to Darwin.
The Blue Panthers will look for another good season in star Paul Morgan, who confirmed he will go around for another crack.
An undermanned Horsham Saints will take the field at Cameron Oval against Laharum.
The Gary Davidson-captained side have lost all-rounder Luke Brunckhorst and teenagers Jacob O’Beirne and Liam Jakobi, with experienced batsman Steven Leith sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Laharum will have a relatively unchanged squad from last season, with all-rounder Damien Bunworth set to lead their charge once again.
A new-look Colts welcomes back former player Brad Millar for its match with Jung Tigers at Dimboola Road Oval.
Millar will take over the captaincy from Britten after a stint at Wimmera-Mallee outfit Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills.
Jakobi is another player who should slot straight into A Grade after the paceman is cleared from Horsham Saints.
Jung’s playing coach from last season, Steve Kenny, won’t play this season due to family and work commitments.
Kenny was one of the competition’s best, but former Colts pair Rod Kirkwood and Peter Barnett will help fill the void.
In the final game of the round, Noradjuha-Toolondo hosts Blackheath-Dimboola at Noradjuha.
The match was originally scheduled for Horsham City Oval but the ground wasn’t ready on time.
Defending B Grade champions Rup-Minyip face neighbours Lubeck-Murtoa at Murtoa Recreation Reserve.
In other B Grade matches, Quantong hosts Blackheath-Dimboola and Horsham Saints do battle with Jung Tigers at Dudley Cornell Park number two oval.
C Grade gets under way on October 19.