Stephen Dowds, Ulster hockey’s top goal scoring ace last season, opened his new account, smashing home a hat-trick as Banbridge hammered Kilkeel 7-1.
But Dowds wasn’t on his own, as Lisngarvey’s Timmy Cockram and his club mate Simon Magowan also grabbed hat-tricks in high scoring games.
But holders Cookstown, who notched up five goals against Mossley mid-week won’t have it that easy tomorrow at Shaw’s Bridge against Instonians.
Inst coach Mark Irwin saw his side strengthened during the summer, with the arrival of five players which included Lisnagarvey’s Stuart McNiece.
In Group A Bann are missing Hugh McShane and Josh Moffet against visitors Mossley, who are now coached by former Bann stalwart Fergie Cogrove.
Johnny McKee is also likely to miss the game, as he is carrying an injury, so Bann schoolboys Aarron Reid and Adam Marshal get the nod.
Annadale open their Kirk account against Service.
Dale include Peter McKibben who is expected to get his debut.
Ironically Service will face four of their team-mates from last season who jumped ship to Dale during the summer.
Coupled with the exodus of players, the Stormont side are also missing Paul Rodgers, Andrew Crone and player coach Gareth Grundie on Saturday.
Raphoe are hoping to bounce back from their 7-1 thrashing by Garvey.
Apart from George Patterson who is missing due who work commitments, they will have a strong squad for the visit of Harlequins.
Last season’s Linden Cup finalists Bangor, entertain mid-week winners Campbellians.
Whilst Antrim , who dropped from the top-flight, have a tough trip to North Down.
South Antrim take on newly promoted PSNI, and in the final game of the day, a share of the spoils is expected between Queens and Cliftonville as theyy meet in a tight game at the Dub.
Cliftonville 1 Campbellians 2
PSNI v Antrim (w/o for Antrim)
South Antrim 4 Portadown 3
Kirk Cup Group B
Harlequins v Civil Service
Linden Cup Group A
Queens v Newry
Kirk Cup - Group A
(All games start at 2.30pm)
Banbridge v Mossley
Instonians v Cookstown
Raphoe v Harlequins
Annadale v Civil Service
Queens v Cliftonville
Bangor v Campbellians
South Antrim v PSNI
North Down v Antrim