Nuriootpa proved the side that fell far in 2016, after winning the 2015 premiership undefeated.
However, a number of departures and a coaching debacle saw the season in turmoil before it had even begun.
But coach Henry Slattery finally gets to take the reigns at the Tigers, and said he was really eager to get back into it.
“I was really eager to get back into footy, a year off – whilst it was difficult being on the sidelines and not being able to help – it was good to get the hunger back and to get away from the game, freshen up and clear the mind,” he said.
“It’s been really exciting and I’ve really enjoyed the pre-season this year.”
Slattery said the club’s training had mainly been game focused.
“Our training’s been really game focused, trying to keep that intensity from the start and through to the end,” he said.
Nuriootpa will host Angaston on Anzac Day, a day Slattery would be familiar with from his AFL career with Essendon.
Steady improvement has been the key for Nuriootpa over the past few BLGNA seasons, as it has lingered around the bottom of the table.
Nuri kick started its campaign last year in perfect fashion, defeating Willaston to boost the confidence, before it was brought back down to earth.
Tigers president Tania Materne said it’s a new look Nuri this season off the court, with Sally-Anne Vivian taking the Senior 1 job.
“We’ve got a partially new line up at the top level there,” she said.
“We’re pretty excited this year, I feel like each year we’re consolidating and getting better each year.”
Nuriootpa will host Angaston in a display of the unknown sides.