THANGOOL Possums start their 2009/10 Callide Dawson Cricket Association premiership defence with the most difficult assignment of the year - playing Goovigen/Baralaba on the banks of the Dawson River.
Possums travel to Baralaba this Sunday and face a difficult task against the team favoured to win this year's A-grade premiership.
Possums will be without grand-final heroes Troy Hogan who is playing with the new Primed XI outfit, Luke Munster who is recovering in hospital and Steve Boothby who is not playing this season.
Goovigen/Baralaba should be at full strength and will play round one brimming with confidence after only narrowly missing out on a grand-final berth last season.
In other matches a Colts outfit, strengthened by the return of former Central Queensland all-rounder Scott Burnett and the experience Rob Adams and Scott Stevens, begin their campaign on the road against Monto.
Monto will look to put a disappointing 2008/09 season behind by opening their account with a win on Sunday, however, they will find the going tough against the revitalised Colts team.
Meanwhile, cricket matches return to Moura with the new team to this year's competition, Primed XI making the trek over the range to confront Dawson Valley Taipans.
With several home games planned for Moura and Theodore this season, Dawson Valley Taipans shape as a real force in this season's premiership.
Valentine Plains 20-year veteran and Callide Dawson cricket association statistician Cameron McCrohon said the 2009/10 season would be an extremely tight competition.
“It's never easier trying to gaze into a crystal ball to see how the season will pan out, because injuries weather and work commitments play big roles in how teams perform.
“But I reckon this season's grand final will not be a rematch from last year.
“Goovigen/Baralaba is one team I wouldn't mind betting will be in the premiership decider come April.”
“They probably would have finished with the minor premiership last year only for wet weather and will be keen to go one better this year.”
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