Edinburgh-based Inverleith, who won five titles between 2011 and 2018, are among the challengers for the Scottish indoor title held by Western Wildcats.

The action begins at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth, on Saturday, and Inverleith’s challenge faltered in the semi-finals last season.

Western coach Vishal Marwaha claimed the club can retain the Scottish indoor title they won for first time last season.

And Western start the defence of their crown with a three match session at Bell`s Sports Centre in Perth on Saturday.

They open against Uddingston, then play former champions and last season’s runners-up, Dundee-based Grove Menzieshill, before facing Dunfermline Carnegie.

Marwaha said: “The squad has a couple of changes, but is broadly similar to last season. Having won the title the players should go into this season with confidence.”

Looking at Saturday’s matches, he said: “We want to win every game and therefore nine points is the target.

Grove Menzieshill and Inverleith are believed to be Western’s toughest rivals.
In the women`s competition, the challenge is to beat champions Dundee Wanderers who have won the title eight out of the last ten years.

Wanderers open Sunday`s action at Perth against Grange and Watsonians.
The Tayside team’s coach Iain Strachan confirmed that his squad is mainly the same as last season.

Strachan said: “I am confident we can win the league but luck is needed along the way.”

Picture: flashback to last season from John Preece