PHC begin their defence against Trojans
PHC Zebras will begin their quest for a third straight Premier Division title on September 22 when the new league season kicks off.
The new campaign has already started with the Charity Cup and Dudley Eve Trophy group games.
The full slate of league matches in two weeks’ time, with PHC are home to Somerset Trojans.
PHC and Somerset have won 21 league titles between them, with Zebras winning a record 11 after retaining their title this season.
Under new coach Robert Bean, PHC have a chance to achieve something that has not been done in 35 years by winning three straight league titles. Somerset managed that feat in 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1983-84 after previously winning four straight titles between 1966-1967 and 1969-70.
PHC will also play Boulevard, X-Roads, Southampton Rangers and Devonshire Cougars in their first five league matches.
Robin Hood, who have finished runners-up twice the past four seasons, beat PHC in the Charity Cup are again expected to be a major contender for the title that they won for the first time in 2017. They begin their league season on the Saturday night against North Village at Goose Gosling Field, with matches to follow against Somerset, Dandy Town, X-Roads and Boulevard.
The opening league matches in the Premier Division will pit Devonshire Cougars against Boulevard for a second time already this season after their Dudley Eve victory last weekend, while newly promoted sides Southampton Rangers and Somerset Eagles are at home to X-Roads and Dandy Town, respectively.
In the First Division, Flanagan’s Onions play Vasco, Young Men’s Social Club take on St David’s and St George’s meet Hamilton Parish.
Relegated side Paget play Ireland Rangers and Wolves meet Devonshire Colts.
Dudley Eve matches continue on Sunday, September 15 with another double-header at Bernard Park when Town play PHC in group A, needing just a draw to advance to the semi-finals after their 6-0 rout of X-Roads in their first match.
Robin Hood, last year’s Dudley Eve winners, meet Devonshire Cougars in their opening group B match, with Cougars also needing just a draw to advance to the semi-finals.
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