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Wibsey kick off against new boys Keighley
The new Pennine League season gets underway on Saturday with some cracking encounters to look forward to.
Keighley finished as winners of the Championship last year and will be no pushover.
The Warriors were given a tough run-out by Halifax Irish in a friendly last week with some notable performances throughout the side, namely prop forwards Mark Darragh, Shaun Godfrey and Leon Malcolm. New recruit Jimmy Waddington and rookie Tom Jowett also impressed out wide.
West Bowling will look forward to their trip to Hunslet Old Boys as they also start life in the top flight thanks to their promotion last term.
Hunslet are an established side and Bowling will need to play with both pace and power to secure an opening win.
Birkenshaw open their Championship One Division campaign with a home encounter with Huddersfield outfit Lindley Swifts.
However, reigning player of the year Kaine McEwan should provide more than adequate cover. The teenager deputised at centre for last week’s Eddie McGuinness Memorial Trophy and scored a hat-trick to help Odsal win the annual match for the first time since 2010.
Clayton’s opener is a local derby with Halifax side Greetland Allrounders.
Clayton have home advantage and will hope to get off to a flying start to 2013-14.