League gets down to business
By ALVIN SALLAY
AFTER weeks of uncertainty, the territory's San Miguel League kicks off this afternoon with 32 teams, split in strength and also into three divisions.
Only First Division champions Valley will be missing in action having drawn a bye. This is because of the odd number of teams (11) in this division.
But the cream of Valley will still have their dose of rugby as they are representing Hong Kong at the Taiwan Sevens.
The rest of the territory's rugby players get their chance to taste the Union's new-look competition designed to cater for everyone rather than only the elite.
On the decree of the Union, the much-troubled First Division has opened its doors to lower division sides. Today we will have an indication how these clubs measure up.
With Football Club having equally split their top team amongst the Green, White and Blue sides, and with Valley (when they return) expected to do the same, Police take on the mantle of favourites in this Division.
They meet Aberdeen today in what will be the match of the day. Aberdeen skipper Phil Morris expects the game to be closely contested.
'We are looking forward to the season. The standards may be diluted but it is good for sides like ours,' said Morris.
Flying Kukris and Police Wanderers may not agree. These two teams were on the verge of pulling out before the Union got tough and told them to play or face the consequences.
Kukris come up against Valley Knights while Wanderers have a tough game on hand, meeting Football Club Blues.
Although separated from their senior team peers, the Blues will surely have the firepower to ward off the Wanderers who yesterday were trying to get Union secretary and policeman Peter Else to play for them.
Else, having pulled a hamstring, cried off. But even his presence would have done little to lift the morale of the Wanderers.