Hibs captain Mark O’Keeffe and Hibs Premier League Manager Matthew Billingham with the Premier League trophy last April. Hibs begin the defence of their title against Villa at home.
Premier League champions Hibernians will get the defence of their title underway with a home game against Villa after the fixtures for the new O’Neill’s Waterford Junior League season were released last week with the season to begin with the Youth A, B and C Leagues on Monday, August 19.
The O’Neill’s Premier League will get underway on the following night with the champions set to host a Connor’s Park side that will this season be managed by Conor Coad and this fixture at Mitchell Kennedy Park is sure to attract a big attendance.
There will be two other top flight fixtures on that night with newly promoted Ballinroad having their first ever game in the Premier division at home to Carrick United, while Dungarvan United, who struggled somewhat last season, will have a home game against Ferrybank.
Tramore Rangers avoided the drop last season after a win against Bohemians on the final day of the campaign and after losing a number of key players including striker Zach Shanahan, they will face Waterford Crystal at Kilbarry on the following evening, Wednesday, August 21.
Southend United, who finished second in the Premier division last season, will have a home opening game on the same night as Lee Douglas side will take on a youthful Tramore AFC side, who will be hoping to build on what they achieved last season.
The seaside outfit will have their first game at Graun Park on the following Saturday evening when they take on the champions Hibernians with four games to be played on the Sunday morning. Ballinroad will target a win against Tramore Rangers at the Orchard, while Ferrybank will have a second away game against Villa.
It will be a local derby at Southend Park as the hosts will take on near neighbours Waterford Crystal, while Carrick United will take on Dungarvan United at Tom Drohan Park. The third series of games will be played on the weekend of August 31/September 1.
Dungarvan face Villa and Ferrybank take on Tramore on the Saturday with Carrick hosting Tramore Rangers, Southend travelling to Ballinroad and Waterford Crystal playing Hibernians at Crystal Park on the Sunday morning with those three games having 11am kick-offs.
DIVISION 1A LEAGUE
The opening series of games in the O’Neill’s Division 1A League will be played on Friday, August 23, with relegated Bohemians paired with Piltown at Ben Wadding Park in the first game. St. Saviour’s v Kilmacow, Carrick United v Seaview Celtic, St. Joseph’s v Johnville and De La Salle v Portlaw will be the other games.
DIVISION 1B LEAGUE
There will be four games on the first night of the O’Neill’s Division 1B League that will also get underway on Friday, August 23. Stradbally v Tramore Rangers, St. Paul’s v Tramore, Ballinroad v Abbeyside and Villa v Waterford Crystal
DIVISION 2A LEAGUE
Three games will mark the start of the O’Neill’s Division 2A League on Saturday, August 24 with Southend United v Dunmore East, Red Star v Bohemians and Piltown v Park Rangers with all games kicking off at 2pm.
DIVISION 2B LEAGUE
The O’Neill’s Division 2B League will get underway on Saturday, August 24, with Johnville v Tramore, De La Salle v Tramore Rangers, Ballinroad v Portlaw and Dungarvan United v Mooncoin.
DIVISION 3 LEAGUE
The fixtures for the O’Neill’s Division 3 League are divided into three games on Saturday, August 24 with Dungarvan Celtic v Johnville, Seaview Celtic v Kilmacow, Kilbarry Rangers v Carrick and three games on Sunday, August 25 with Mooncoin v Stradbally, Red Star v Villa and St. Saviour’s v Piltown.
DIVISION 4A LEAGUE
The start of the O’Neill’s Division 4A League will be on Tuesday, September 3, with four fixtures down for decision. Ferrybank v Waterford Crystal, Bohemians v Carrick, St. Joseph’s v Hibernians, Park Rangers v Tramore.
DIVISION 4B LEAGUE
It’s a Tuesday, September 3 start also for the O’Neill’s Division 4B League as Mooncoin v Johnville, Villa v Kilmacow, Dungarvan United v Abbeyside, Crusaders v Dunmore East, Grannagh v De La Salle.
YOUTH A LEAGUE
The season will get underway on Monday, August 19 with two games in the Ball Corporation Youth A League as Piltown host Bohemians and Carrick take on Tramore. Villa and Ferrybank will also be in this league, but don’t play on the opening day.
YOUTH B LEAGUE
The Youth B League fixtures on Monday, August 19 are Portlaw v St. Paul’s, Park Rangers v Kilmacow, Villa v Dungarvan United, Tramore v Ballinroad, Southend v Waterford Crystal, Abbeyside v Johnville.
YOUTH C LEAGUE
There will be a Youth C League this season, which also gets underway on Monday, August 19 with Ballyduff v Mooncoin, De La Salle v Carrick and Kilmacthomas v Piltown. Tramore will also be in this seven team division.