IT'S early days yet but Chatham's nine year domination of Manning division one men's hockey competition looks under serious threat.
The Wolves meet newcomers Camden Haven Venom tomorrow at 4.30 and will be coming off a 6-3 belting by Sharks in the opening round.
Sharks produced a dominant performance, however, Chatham contributed to their own demise with many midfield turnovers. Their once stonewall defence was fragile.
There were a few positives to take from Chatham's first round nightmare. The young players stood up well under pressure and the Wolves were still a chance until the last seven minutes when Sharks took control and the scoreline blew out.
Chatham will be undermanned side this weekend adding to their problems and the experienced pair of Adam Birkefeld and Dylan Turner will have to lead by example.
Discipline will be crucial for the Wolves as they look to steer their season in the right direction.
Venom had a hard fought 0-0 draw with Thunder in round one in the club's division one debut and show promise.
Tigers start their campaign on the road against Thunder at Port Macquarie after having the bye in week one.
Thunder will be without NSW 18 representative Ryan Paine for another week. Without Paine Thunder's midfield stocks are very light on, an area Tigers could expose as they look to start the season on a winning note.
Some familiar faces are back in Tigers' lineup.
Experienced Tony Lewis has returned as first grade coach while Mark Atkins is on the comeback trail.
Atkins is one of the best players to take the field in Manning men's hockey and his experience and class will be invaluable for Tigers.
Matt Pullen is pulling on the keeper's gear again and will be an asset in defence.
A couple of talented rookies, Bayden and Jordyn McIntosh, look set to make an impact this season.
There'll be a strong family connection in the side, with Blake McIntosh linking with his brother and cousin and he's also set for a big season.
Meanwhile, Gloucester's division three men's side is on the lookout for a goal keeper.