Boulevard Blazers

They have been there or thereabouts for the past few years. Could this finally be the season Boulevard break through the glass ceiling and put their name on the Premier Division trophy?

No-one doubts they've got the talent to do it.

Angelo Simmons has developed from one of the island's most promising youngsters to a genuinely feared striker. And with Takehyi Walker, Micheal Parsons and Dion Stovell providing good support and a host of youngsters from coach Andrew Bascome's youth academy coming on board, they have the makings of champions.

Coaching guru Bascome has turned them into a slick passing unit and despite a troubled pre-season he steadied the ship to claim the Charity Cup title against his old employers - Devonshire Cougars.

Controversy surrounded Blazers preparations for this season with the club unable to find a home ground because of their reputation as troublemakers.

But star striker Simmons says the rep is not justified. And he believes the negativity will inspire the team.

"All that negative stuff has motivated us to win even more. It's brought us together and given us an extra push," said Simmons, who insisted that the league was priority number one for his side.

Coach: Andrew Bascome

Venue: St. John's Field

Major additions: None

Major departures: Andrew Jjombwe (gk), Richard Todd (asst coach)

Captain: Mel Gibbons

Star Man: Angelo Simmons

Young Player to Watch: Drewonde Bascome

Last season position: 2nd and FA Cup winners

Prediction for this year: Champions

Devonshire Cougars

How much difference does a coach make? Cougars exciting young squad claimed the title last season, with Devarr Boyles at the helm.

But Boyles has moved on to a role at Bermuda's new youth academy, and Cougars will soldier on without a coach.

Skipper Kwame Steede has been taking training and he believes the Big Cats are still the team to beat.

With an inventive midfield, including the likes of Steede, his young cousin Tumani and Domico Coddington - the stand-out player for the Bermuda Hogges over the summer - they will create more chances than most.

The defence could be a greater headache. Cougars will have to cope without Darius Cox who has gone to college in Canada and could start the season without first choice keeper Ricardo Brangman after his Charity Cup red card.

Coach: Kwame Steede (interim)

Venue: Devonshire Rec

Major additions: None

Major departures: Darius Cox

Captain: Kwame Steede

Star Man: Domico Coddington

Young Player to Watch: Tumani Steede

Last season: Champions, Martonmere Cup winners

Prediction for this year: 2nd

Somerset Eagles

There is a buzz around White Hill field these days that hasn't been felt in years.

And for good reason. The Premier newcomers have discreetly bolstered their arsenal with players the calibre of Antwan Russell, Keishen Bean et al joining in the summer.

Russell and Bean both played prominent roles in coach Kenny Thompson's under-17 national squad that just missed out on advancing to the second round of World Cup qualifiers in 2002.

And it is this potentially lethal combination, which Thompson hopes will give his team the edge over the course of the season.

Eagles have also picked up prolific goalscorer Jonathan Bean from Ireland Rangers, who must keep his aggressive nature in check if he is to remain on the good side of the no-nonsense Thompson.

In midfield former Southampton Ranger Travis Wilkinson has also been added to the ranks. But his official debut could be delayed due to a bothersome foot injury that has plagued a player that possesses enormous promise - but has yet to reach his full potential.

Striker Darin Dowling is another player laden with potential but yet to come from under the shadows of father Albert Dowling - who once sent chills down the spine of opposing players during his heyday at Devonshire Colts.

If there are any gray areas at the west end club, it has to be between the posts where eagles' search for a recognised goalie continues. That aside, Eagles should have plenty of resolve to, not only hold their own in the top flight next season, but stake a strong claim for honours.

Coach: Kenny Thompson

Venue: White Hill Field

Major additions: Antwan Russell, Keishen Bean, Jonathan Bean, Travis Wilkinson, Damon Swan, Shakir Smith

Major departures: Torry Davis

Captain: Danvers Seymour

Star Man: Keishen Bean

Young Player to Watch: Troy Tucker

Last season position: First Division champions, promotion.

Prediction for this year: 3rd

Dandy Town Hornets

With another new coach at the helm, Dandy Town will be looking to consolidate this season.

Former ref Leroy 'curly Joe' Wilson, also the fitness coach for Charlie Marshall at Social Club's cricket programme, will take the reins after Scott Morton moved on to become Under-23 national coach.

He inherits a club with a wealth of attacking talent. Penalty box predator Raymond Beach smashed in more than 20 goals last season and with Lashun Dill, Heyes Wolfe and Damon Ming providing support he should get enough service to repeat the feat. But it is youngster Nahki Wells that is really getting the Hornets faithful talking. The midfielder was on the verge of breaking through to the big time when he made his national team debut as a 17-year-old last year. But injury kept him out of action for the bulk of last season.

Fit again, he is expected to make a major impact this season - compensating for the loss of Antwan Russell to Eagles.

Coach: Leroy Wilson

Venue: St. John's Field

Major additions: Jared Peniston, Tokia Russell

Major departures: Antwan Russell, Ernest Signor, David Signor, Shakir Smith

Captain: Undecided

Star Man: Raymond Beach

Young Player to Watch: Nahki Wells

Last season position: 3rd

Prediction for this year: 4th

North Village Rams

Another trophyless season for North Village would be unthinkable for their legions of fans.

The perennial title challengers failed to make any impression last term.

After a terrible run of form in the first half of the season coach Elliott Jennings was replaced with Shaun Goater at Christmas. But even with the Goat at the helm, they couldn't turn the tide and finished 11 points off the pace in fourth. Will things be different this season?

On the plus side Goater has been in charge from jump. He believes he has helped introduce a spirit of professionalism in pre-season and insists this year's Rams outfit, for better or worse, is a 'Shaun Goater team'. What that means - for a man who hit the heights as a player but is still relatively inexperienced as a coach - remains to be seen.

And with mercurial midfielder Keith Jennings moving on to Southampton Rangers, striker Keishen Bean joining his godfather Kenny Thompson at Somerset Eagles and Jared Peniston also departing Bernard Park, The Goat will have to craft a winning side from a mix of loyal stalwarts and up and coming youngsters. Striker Jason Lee, who banged in a hat full of goals for Bascome FC U18 team last season, is on the Rams books this year and is among a number of PDL players who will be vying for first team recognition.

Coach: Shaun Goater

Venue: Bernard Park

Major additions: None

Major departures: Keith Jennings, Keishen Bean, Jared Peniston

Captain: Ralph Bean

Star Man: Ralph Bean

Young Player to Watch: Jason Lee

Last season position: 4th

Prediction for this year: 5th

Southampton Rangers

After a solid first season in the top flight, Rangers are looking to establish themselves as a genuine force at this level.

They pulled off two major transfer coups in the summer by convincing midfield schemer Keith Jennings and towering PHC forward Dennis Russell to join the club.

Jennings can't play till January, but Russell will make his debut against his former club on Sunday.

With skipper Kamen Tucker marshalling the defence and one of the island's top keepers Jason Smith between the posts, Rangers will be tough to beat and the new signings give them an extra dimension in attack

They will look to Kemo Smith as a creative influence in midfield, while Rangers fans are also predicting a break-out season for Malachi Jones. The young fast bowler made headlines for his exploits with the national cricket squad but is equally adept with the ball at his feet.

Coach: Albert Smith

Venue: Southampton Oval

Major additions: Dennis Russell, Keith Jennings, Tatem Ford

Major departures: Travis Wilkinson, Anthony Rocker

Captain: Kamen Tucker

Star Man: Jason Smith

Young Player to Watch: Malachi Jones

Last season position: 7th

Prediction for this year: 6th

PHC Zebras

Zebras coach Kyle Lightbourne has been forced to tap into his club's reserves following the loss of forwards Dennis Russell and Aquino Grant.

Also unavailable are defenders Kevin Richards and Jonathan Ball. The Bermuda Hogges pair are currently studying abroad and their physical presence at the rear is certain to be missed this season. PHC's goliath of a goalkeeper Jay Smith is also unavailable, having opted to take a break from top-flight football this term.

To plug the voids, former Coventry City striker Lightbourne plans to blood some of the club's up and coming players who must quickly adjust to the pace and physical nature of top flight football.

Having won five titles in the past two seasons, including the revered league and FA Cup double, much will again be expected of Lightbourne's men.

Whether they rise to meet the challenge remains to be seen.

Zebras finished third from the bottom Premier Division last term but redeemed themselves somewhat by winning the Friendship Trophy. Despite that, it was a campaign that can only be defined as "indifferent", coach Lightbourne said.

Coach: Kyle Lightbourne

Venue: Southampton Oval

Major additions: None

Major departures: Dennis Russell, Aquino Grant

Captain: Chris Furbert

Star Man: Omar Shakir

Young Player to Watch: Casey Castle

Last season position: 6th, Friendship Trophy winners, Charity Cup winners

Prediction for this year: 7th

Somerset Trojans

After losing a host of key players the last thing many predicted was for Somerset to gain promotion to the top tier.

Even coach Dennis Brown himself had doubts and admitted he would rather remain in the lower echelon for at least another term strictly for development purposes.

On paper Trojans have some promising players such as Tahj Wade, whose on-the-ball wizardry evokes memories of past greats who have proudly donned the once feared red and black of Somerset.

Coach Brown has remained low key in recent times, perhaps kept busy implementing a local branch of the world renowned Brazilian soccer academy at the west end club.

Former Trojan and West Ham striker Clyde Best has also been assisting in recent times and earlier this month accompanied one of Somerset's youth teams on a successful tour of the UK.

In truth, expectations may not be all that high at cricket lane this season. But with Trojans you can never take things for granted.

Coach: Dennis Brown

Venue: SCC

Major additions: Jenson Rogers, Andre Outerbridge

Major departures: Damon Swan

Captain: Jelani Scott

Star Man: Jelani Scott

Young Player to Watch: Tahj Wade

Last season: Promoted

Prediction for this year: 8th

Hamilton Parish

Hot peppers proved they belong in the top flight last season.

The Crawl Hill club defied the naysayers to enhance Mark Jennings' reputation as a coach.

'Keeper Nigel Burgess and striker Jamie Smith were among the club's leading lights last year.

And perhaps it goes without saying much will again be riding on the pair's broad shoulders.

Smith, in particular, was a revelation last campaign. It was his goals that helped keep Peppers afloat and rewarded the striker with summer time employment with semi pro outfit Bermuda Hogges.

He had a barren spell over the summer with Hogges and will be happy to get back to familiar territory and help Parish to pick up where they left off and prove that last season's achievement was no fluke.

Coach: Joe Lathan (interim)

Venue: Wellington Oval

Major additions: Angelo Cannonier

Major departures: None

Captain: Nigel Burgess

Star Man: Jamie Smith

Young Player to Watch: Rodney Trott

Last season position: 5th

Prediction for this year: 9th

Devonshire Colts

Colts' future appeared bright when they triumphantly raised the FA cup three seasons ago.

But since that memorable day on a sunny afternoon at the National Sports Centre, Colts' fortunes have taken a turn for the worse. The men in orange are still without suspended coach Ray Jones while the club remains divided over the leadership of president Lee Holder. Such is the concern over Holder, a committee led by a group of former players demanded to meet with Colts' hierarchy and have threatened to seek a vote of no confidence. Perhaps it is these off field distractions that have knocked Colts off stride as they have been reduced to nothing more than whipping boys in more recent times.

They didn't win a Premier game last season and only preserve their top-flight status thanks to the expansion of the division.

Unless that trend can be broken, and done so quickly, Colts could again find themselves headed up the proverbial creek without a paddle.

They will also be without star man Aljame Zuill, who is suffering from a groin injury, for the season opener on Sunday.

Coach: Keishon Smith (interim)

Venue: Police Field

Major additions: None

Major departures: Phil Anderson, Jamal Simmons, Ryan Nesbitt

Captain: Jospeh Butterfield

Star Man: Aljame Zuill

Young Player to Watch: Joseph Butterfield

Last season position: 8th

Prediction for this year: 10th