The MDUK Premiership and Championship league returns this coming Sunday on the 6th of October at the PEAK Stirling.
The MDUK Scottish Championship
A season that promises to be full of action kicks off in the Championship with returning Glasgow Gladiators facing off new side Clyde Claymores. Claymores a side who have players that lit up the championship last year with the likes of young Kevin Kennedy.
Gladiators a club with lots of depth in players making use of somewhat hidden gems as seen in the last Scotland development session with Alexander Tavendale shining. Two sides with plenty of potential who will have high hopes of finishing on top this season.
Riverside take on both Clyde teams starting with Caledonia. After a promising first season Riverside will believe they are capable of competing for silverware. We seen them develop and get stronger as the season went on becoming more familiar in a team. There is no reason they can’t push on from here. Caledonia finished the season with some great performances but will have been frustrated to miss out on runners up on the final day. They have become a very tough team to beat and will have sights set on righting some wrongs with a top 2 finish at least.
With former champions Lothian Wolves promoted to the Premiership, the Championship is wide open with all 4 teams having the ability to win the championship title. None of the respective teams have previously won a league title and will be very determined to get there name on the trophy.
In the Premiership defending champions Clyde Alba will miss opening fixtures due to new rules brought in where one Premiership team will miss a league day to manage the number of players in the venue.
Alba will be watching with a keen eye as the other 4 Premiership teams all play each other in an action packed opening day.
Tayside Dynamos come off the back of their first European experience in the Geneva’s Cup and they will be hoping to use that experience and come back a stronger side ready to regain the Premiership crown. With player’s of the calibre of Eythan Galloway, who
captained the team in Geneva they will be keen to end Alba’s run of back to back titles.
South Ayrshire Tigers will see the new season as a fresh opportunity to show their absolute best. A club known for playing fast flowing passing football and with player’s like James Doull pushing for a place in the Scotland squad they will be set on regaining that form and compete at the top.
Glasgow Gladiators have put a lot of work in behind the scenes including pre-season matches and double training sessions have the perfect opportunity to make the hard work pay off with a strong start this Sunday. Long time servant Ross Munro has had some fantastic achievements in his Boccia career and will be hoping to replicate that success on the football pitch.
Lothian Wolves, newly promoted to the Premiership come up with an unbeaten league record and will feel confident of taking that winning mentality, eager to show they can go toe to toe with the best. Real opportunity for the likes of Tyler McLelland to show what he’s made of and use the development from the EPFA Next Generation Experience in the summer.
A big opportunity for all Premiership sides to get points on the board and put pressure on title holders Alba.
A very exciting opening day with plenty of football on show and plenty of questions to be answered. Who will gain the edge in the Premiership? Who will emerge from the pack in the Championship? Find out this Sunday first game KO 11am. See you then!
Report by Kieran Burns