By Chris Curulli
The MWFA Women’s Premier League will be welcomed back in style this weekend when two of the competition’s strongest outfits and local rivals Manly Vale and Manly Allambie battle it out on Sunday afternoon.
After guiding the club to back-to-back finals berths during their first two seasons in the Premier League, Manly Allambie coach Kyle Cannon believes the lockdown delay will make the competition more unpredictable than ever this time around.
Nevertheless, his side are raring to go after progressively ramping up their preparations for the season.
“We are buzzing that the season has finally come around,” Cannon said.
“We’ve done the best we can within the rules but the mood and the vibe is really good and I think we’ve done the best we can to be as ready as we can be.
“We’ve got no idea how teams are going to come out of doing a bit of pre-season going into a lockdown and then trying to start up a pre-season again, so all we can do is focus on what we’ve been doing.
“These first couple of seasons have definitely exceeded well over my expectations and I would ideally love to go one better but it’s such a tough comp, and we’ve done really well so far.”
Cannon is expecting Saturday’s season opener to be far from a walk in the park.
“It’s always a tough game with them (Manly Vale),” he said.
“They’ve had the rub of the green over the past two seasons so it would be nice to get one back.
“I think they’ve picked up quite a few players as well so they’re always strong and they’re probably going to be even stronger this year.
“It’s a tough round one draw, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and all the girls are looking forward to it as well.”
Elsewhere, Wakehurst will lock horns with Beacon Hill, Mosman meet Pittwater and Brookvale host Seaforth.