Premiership hockey returns this weekend – the question is who will be able to knock defending champions Banbridge off their perch.
It had been 24 years since Bann landed the Keightley Cup and they do not intend to see it disappearing from their trophy cabinet for a while.
The champions open with two really difficult games as they begin the defence of their crown.
First up on Saturday it’s Annadale and then next week they welcome old adversaries Lisnagarvey to Havelock Park.
And in between they play Instonians in what could be a crucial Kirk Cup match mid-week.
So by 5pm Saturday week Bann will have a good idea how their season is shaping up.
This weekend Hugh McShane and Josh Moffett return for Bann whilst Annadale, who struggled to draw with Harlequins midweek, are missing Chris Campbell, Conor Roberts, James Cox and new signing Thomas Priestly.
But game of the day will be between Lisnagarvey and Cookstown with a 4.30pm start at Hillsborough.
Cookstown went down 3-1 to Instonians last week and whilst they were missing a couple of key players they need to improve for this important opener against last season’s runners up Garvey.
The Blues are at full strength and new coach, Errol Lutton, will be out to bag three points in this opening home fixture.
Instonians and Mossley replay their Kirk Cup midweek fixture only this time in the league, which saw Inst take the points in a comfortable 3-0 win.
Raphoe make the long journey to Kilkeel without John Watt who is at a wedding.
But Robbi McKimm will be hoping his side remained unscathed against Cookstown mid-week for this important home game.
Finally, Harlequins welcome a depleted Civil Service, who have no fewer than four players missing, to Deramore in what is crucial opener for both sides and with Premiership survival at stake both sides will not want to see points slip away so early.