The opening round of the 2015/16 NEMLA Premiership season took place at the weekend with all but Heaton Mersey and Manchester Waconians in action.
The game of the weekend undoubtedly being the fixture between Poynton and Cheadle. Poynton have bolstered their squad with a number of high-profiles additions over the summer, most notably MLL standout Jovan Miller who will undoubtably provide added offensive firepower this season.
Despite this Cheadle started where they left off last season, dominating the opening half and racing to an early lead. The second half was more of an even contest with Poynton pulling the game back and coming within one before Cheadle sealed victory. Read the full match report HERE.
Last years runners-up Stockport started their 2015/16 campaign by hosting Timperley in an extremely competitive fixture at Cale Green. Timperley’s performance was commendable building an early lead and utilising their youth and athleticism especially in midfield, putting pressure on Stockport throughout the game with some excellent transition goals.
Stockport kept composed and regained the lead in the second quarter; they too have strengthened this summer with edition of brothers James and 16-year-old Mike Pomfret from the Stockport youth programme. They have also added attacker Josh Sherry-Brennan who was missing for the opening game. Stockport’s experience was too much for Timperley and they went on to win the game 11-8. Read full match report HERE
Wilmslow got off to a winning start on their return to the Premiership with a 13-8 victory over Brooklands. The Phoenix were league champions last year in Premiership 2 and have a competitive roster to compete at the top level this season, with the addition of Harrison Parr and the welcome inclusion of other domestic and overseas talent to bolster their squad.
Rochdale is another team, who make a welcome return to the Premiership. The Dale have also strengthened their squad over the summer with England international Glen Humphries returning from Cheadle and Dave Watson from Sheffield University. Both have added extra firepower to the already potent offensive unit. The Dale entertained Sheffield Steelers in Round 1 and got off to a winning start beating their cross-Pennines rivals 9-6.