Teams eager to impress as 2019/20 Premier League season beckons

The Premier League returns for another season as each of the three divisions get underway on Sunday 15 September.

Another exhilarating 18 rounds of netball are anticipated after a closely-fought 2018/19 campaign.

The upcoming season represents a fresh start and another opportunity to claim a coveted piece of silverware.

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Here’s the lowdown on Premier League 1, 2 and 3…

Premier League 1:

Oldham were crowned Premier League 1 champions for the third consecutive year in 2019.

The 2018/19 season heralded 16 wins and one defeat for Oldham, who scored the highest number of goals in the division with 1,103.

They will be hoping to match their unprecedented run of four successive titles, which they secured from 2012 to 2015, this year.

The likes of runners-up New Campbell, Western Park Blades and the ever-exciting Turnford – who enforced Oldham’s only defeat of last season – will all be looking to snatch the title away from their northern counterparts.

At the other end of the table, Premier Romans and Worcester Reds were relegated to Premier League 2.

Premier League 2 champions Hucclecote, who finished last season unbeaten, and runners-up Cumberland will take their places.

It will be a baptism of fire for both of these sides as Cumberland host Western Park Blades and Hucclecote visit New Campbell on the opening day.

2019/20 Premier League 1 teams: Academy, Cumberland, Grangetown, Hucclecote, Leeds Athletic, New Cambell, Oldham, Tameside, Turnford, and Western Park Blades.

Bookmark the Premier League 1 page to track your team’s progress.

Premier League 2:

After the successes of Hucclecote and Cumberland last term, 10 more teams will be vying for those two promotion places this time around.

Linden were the best of the rest last season as they finished in third place, nine points ahead of The Downs in fourth.

Relegated Premier Romans and Worcester Reds will aim to repeat Turnford’s feat during 2017/18 after they bounced straight back to Prem League 1.

Team Bath Toucans and Oaksway will both be hoping for a return to the top flight after disappointing seasons in the second-tier, showcasing the overall competitiveness of the division.

Clan, who were the only team to take points of Hucclecote last term, narrowly succumbed to relegation along with Essex Open.

Instead, newcomers Sussex Thunder and YWCA Bury will ply their trade in Premier League 2.

Thunder managed to match their 2017 success by winning the Premier League 3 title while YWCA Bury have achieved two consecutive promotions after escaping the regional leagues just two years ago.

2019/20 Premier League 2 teams: Linden, Oaksway, Premier Romans, Ryland, Sussex Thunder, Team Bath Toucans, Telstars, The Downs, Worcester Reds, YWCA Bury.

Bookmark the Premier League 2 page to track your team’s progress.

Premier League 3:

The Prem League welcomes Eclipse, Exeter and Thoroughbred after triumphing in the play-offs.

These three sides each arrive from their respective regional leagues as Team Jets, Hertford Hornets and Kent County drop out.

Eclipse were the first to confirm their new place in the Prem League after an intense 46-44 victory over Jersey’s Team Jets, who had previously competed in the second division.

Thoroughbred went through the play-off weekend unbeaten and confirmed their return to the Prem League after a 46-41 triumph over Chester. Exeter, meanwhile, swept Yorkshire’s Hi-Tech aside with a convincing 56-35 victory.

Thoroughbred and Exeter will meet on the opening day this season while Eclipse travel to Norfolk United.

2019/20 Premier League 3 teams: BSV Billericay, Charnwood, Clan, Eclipse, Essex Open, Exeter, Leyton, Norfolk United, TFC Leicester Netball Club, Thoroughbred.

Bookmark the Premier League 3 page to track your team’s progress.

To stay up to date with the leagues, including fixtures, results and standings, make sure to visit their official pages on the England Netball website.

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