Dudley Tuckey Cup: Reigning champs look to replace premiership midfield

The Baldivis Brumbies will lean on a mixture of youth and experience as they look to fill the void left by departing premiership midfielders Emmanuel Collard, Brendan Tingey and James Russell in the Dudley Tuckey Cup.

The superstar trio exits the club after helping deliver its second premiership in the past four seasons, with Collard moving to the Perth amateur league, Tingey taking up a stint in the South West Football League and the young Russell looking to make a name for himself in the WAFL ranks at South Fremantle.

Their departures no doubt sting, but Baldivis appears primed to absorb the damage with some gun players ready to step into the middle of the ground.

Aden Field, who has taken over the captaincy from Collard, is poised for more minutes in the midfield, while veteran Hayden Lynn will likely see more action at the centre bounce.

Accompanying the duo could be young Eric Botha, who has returned to Baldivis following a stint at the WAFL level.

Aden Field will captain Baldivis in 2020. Photo: Justin Rake.

Aden Field will captain Baldivis in 2020. Photo: Justin Rake.

The trio will be drip fed by one of the league's premier ruckmen in the competition, Josh Branchi, and will still be delivering the ball to dynamic duo Blaine Johnson and Ben Higgs up front.

So despite losing three key premiership players, you can still expect the Brumbies to be around the mark.

First-year coach David Mews will succeed his premiership-winning predecessor Craig Hamersley, and was confident his side could make a run at the cup.

"We've got a lot of good players in each phase of the ground, and we've got some real strong points," Mews said.

"Obviously losing those premiership players is tough, particularly with them all being midfielders.

"But the guys stepping into those roles are genuine leaders and they're quality football players, so I'm confident they will be able to take over."

Baldivis kicks off their Dudley Tuckey Cup campaign with a grand final rematch against Rockingham on Saturday.