Bonds Glen hoping to avoid relegation
The Bee Gees defied everyone with their grit and determination last season and despite the fact that Eglinton looked to have a stronger squad back then they had no answer to the spirit in the Glen camp in the race to avoid the drop.
Bringing in a professional for the first time in their history was always going to be a gamble and while Gihan Dilruk took a little time to warm up he proved himself a very willing ally before he headed home.
The Sri Lankan has a huge role to play again if the dose is to be repeated however particularly as three teams could conceivably be relegated at the end of this season.
Dilruk is an attacking player but was able to control his aggression when necessary and his efforts with the ball were often the difference between winning and losing.
Richard Hepburn takes over from Gary Hamilton as skipper while the addition of Rodney Pearson from Glendermott could help the cause with a couple of short boundaries!
Pearson is the only new face at the club however Derek Curry seems set to leave but Keith Hamilton opted out of a move to The Nedd.
Hamilton featured very little last season, but both men are useful players at this level and the club haven't yet given up on keeping at least one.
Bonds Glen don't need me to tell them that this will be a campaign of yet more struggle and while you rule them out at your peril, the fact that most games will be high intensity for all clubs this year will make survival that much harder.