Creevedonnell hopeful of top flight survival
This will represent an altogether different ask for the Curryfree Road men having secured their first promotion since 1980 but Stephen Scroggie is sure to have them ready for the job in hand as they look to avoid an immediate return to the second tier.
The Creevies have invested substantial finances into new covers, sight screens and an all-weather pitch and they are to be congratulated on the fact that rather than bring in a professional they have tried to spread their priorities to cover off the field options as well.
Gary Neely had an amazing season in 2011, over 50 wickets for a single figure average one of the main reasons they were promoted but Nicky Cooke also enjoyed a big year.
Alan Duddy led the order superbly when he was available but Scroggie will be hoping that his former Brigade team-mate can make more than 50% of their top flight contests. Andy Barr comes in to bring the ex- Brigade contingent up to five while promising youngster Ciaran McDermott is brought in from Ardmore.
The left arm bowler has no experience at this level but has the potential to make an impact and the 'Donnell will be hoping he makes the step up straight away. Kyle Morrow was a late signing from The Nedd and he too could have a big say in the survival hopes.
Much will depend on the outcome of their games against the other vulnerable sides around them but it is just possible that Scroggie's side might be able to make home advantage count often enough to book at least a play-off spot.