By Chris Curulli
After a four month delay, Pittwater RSL coach Adam Israel is eagerly anticipating the MWFA Premier League’s return this weekend.
In an historic moment, all twelve teams of the newly expanded competition will take to the pitch on Saturday afternoon.
The following Tuesday will also see four catch-up fixtures play out to complete the entire first two rounds of action.
“Obviously we’re looking forward to getting some normality back an incredible amount,” Israel said.
“At training it was incredible to get back into actually kicking a ball ‘in anger’, so we’re really looking forward to getting out on the pitch.”
Pittwater will host last season’s grand finalists Seaforth at Kitchener in what is sure to be a tough battle.
Israel recalls how the two sides played out a pair of “very hard-fought draws last year,” and is expecting more of the same from Jordan Lefebvre’s outfit this weekend.
“I expect them to be very organised,” he said.
“They’re a big side so I’d say set pieces will play a big part in the game, but we’re prepared for that.
“We know we are as prepared as we can be, all things considered.”
In Saturday’s other fixtures, Brookvale host Narrabeen, Manly Vale visit Mosman and Harbord welcome St Augustines to Harbord Park for their first home Premier League match in 12 years.
BTH Raiders and Wakehurst, the two clubs who enjoyed round one victories back in March, will look to continue their perfect start to the season when they face CC Strikers and Curl Curl respectively.
Eight sides will be back in action on Tuesday night, as Mosman clash with Narrabeen, Pittwater meet St Augustines, Seaforth visit CC Strikers and Brookvale do battle with Curl Curl.