The British League bandwagon charges down to Bristol as the Women's British League season gets underway.
THIRTY-SIX teams shall compete in six highly competitive divisions in what promises to be one of the most intriguing seasons in the league's history, which kicks off at the University of West England on Saturday.
With last year's Premier Division winners Ormesby not featuring this time, it gives new teams the opportunity to grasp gold.
The overwhelming favourites are Draycott Midlands, who have signalled their intent with the acquisition of England international Tin-Tin Ho, who joins forces with Emma Vickers and Abbie Milwain.
They will encounter a number of tough opponents on their quest to claiming the title. YHL shall lead the charge with Yolanda King expected to be at the heart of their success, whilst Burton Uxbridge will be hopeful of competing, with Gillian Edwards linking up with Isobel Ashley, Sophie Neil and Kate Hughes.
Halton again look strong with Nicole Hall amongst their ranks, whilst Fusion's talented trio of Lois Peake, Emma Torkington and Emma Tovey will hope to ruffle some feathers in the top flight. And from youth to experience, the welcome return of Thorntons TTC to the pinnacle of the competition shall see Liz May and co battle it out amongst five other very talented teams.
In Division 1, Leeds Ladies and Formby TTC shall revisit their rivalry from last year in a league higher, but they shall have opportunity to engage in new battles, with Draycott TTC Midlands 2, who boast Kate Cheer and Denise Payet in their ranks, amongst the fierce field. Meanwhile, Knighton Park shall be hopeful of an express ticket back to the big time after relegation from the Premier Division last year.
With an array of talent in the lower divisions as well, the opportunity to attend shouldn't be missed. All members of the public and the table tennis community are welcome to make a visit, and if you can't make it, make sure to keep up with the British League press and publicity team that will be active throughout the weekend.