Bacchas begin their bid for a fourth consecutive men’s title

Paul Harris looks ahead to the start of the men's and women's hockey seasons on Saturday

Paul Harris looks ahead to the start of the men's and women's hockey seasons on Saturday

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PwC Men’s Premier

IOMA Group Bacchas A begin the defence of the Men’s Premier Division title when they meet LJ Skye Ramsey A at the NSC on Saturday afternoon.

Andy Whiting’s Bacchas side have been crowned champions for the past three seasons and will be aiming to make it four.

An early victory is essential for the Tromode side and with much of the club’s victorious mixed A team in the squad they should prove too strong for the notherners.

PwC Men’s Division One

A close game is in prospect when last year’s champions IOMA Group Bacchas Colts face runners-up Fearless Saracens A in Saturday’s late fixture at the NSC.

The Tromode side, who have the chance to defend their crown after a league restructure, will be aiming to get the defence off to a winning start while opponents Saracens will be hoping to go one better than last season and claim the silverware.

They have improved their squad with the return of Dave Horan and Dave Bolton to their ranks and should prove to be serious title contenders.

PwC Men’s Division Two

Celton Manx Castletown prepare to meet Paragon Valkyrs C in the lunchtime fixture at King William’s College.

Adam Parker’s Castletown side could be seen as one of the title favourites but will need to claim an early victory here.

Lindsay Riordan’s Valkyrs will be tough opponents for Castletown in what promises to be a close match.

PwC Women’s Premier

Vikings A begin the defence of their title when they meet last season’s runners-up IOMA Group Bacchas A.

Kim Carney’s Vikings side were unbeaten in all competitions last season and will hope to continue that form this time around.

Cath Griffith’s Bacchas side will be aiming to improve on last season’s successful year and will be hoping to push Vikings all the way.

PwC Women’s Division One

Paragon Valkyrs B will be aiming for an immediate return to the PwC Women’s Premier Division when they begin their season against Vikings C at QEII on Saturday afternoon.

Alex Jones captain’s a Valkyrs side whose experiences of playing in the top flight should see them make a winning start against a Vikings side who finished bottom last season.

PwC Mixed U16s’ League

Vikings will be looking to continue their form of last season when they begin the defence of their title against Celton Manx Castletown.

Paul Wood’s Vikings were dominant in the division last season and the young side will be hoping to prove it wasn’t a one off.

Castletown suffered an indifferent season and coach Jon Allen will be hoping for more consistency from his charges this time around.

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