Willaston fell just short of playing finals football, after injuries plagued its closing campaign.
However, the Donnybrooks have seen some notable departures in the off-season but coach Mal Greenwood said they have replaced them with quality.
"We feel that we've gone out and recruited and got what we need in replacing (Josh) Glenn, (David) Allocca and (Jeremy) Johncock,” he said.
The injury tally last year saw a number of stars miss key games, which Greenwood said didn’t help.
"It's about keeping guys fit and healthy and on the park,” he said.
The Donnybrooks travel to the Dog Track in round one, facing fierce rival Gawler Central.
"I'm expecting a good hit out, I'm expecting us to have to be at our best, I'm expecting GC not to be as bad as people are saying," Greenwood said.
"We'd expect a pretty fierce ball games.”
One of the big unknowns so far this year will be that of Willaston, under new coach Kim Walker.
Walker said she has already seen steady improvement ahead of the new season.
"I think at the moment the vibe is pretty good, I think having new people in the club and having a new coach and a different take on things, everyone seems to be quite excited about some of the changes," she said.
Willaston will take on Gawler Central this week, which will be Walker’s first real test as coach.
"I expect it to be a tough match, Phil (Hendy) doesn't let anything up, they've got a couple of girls in defence that are hard workers and pretty good, I expect us to put out a solid effort," Walker said.