Boyanup captain Kane Wetherell has said he and his side are keen to defend their title as reigning premiers as they look towards a Friday night showdown with Marist to open the South West Hockey League men’s season. Wetherell, who now has a remarkable 14 premierships under his belt, said the determination is still there to be holding the SWHL flag come September. “I am definitely keen to go again and make that happen,” he said. “Now that the season is here, it certainly makes it a lot easier to show up to training.” The 45-year-old’s side will face one of their biggest threats in Marist on Friday, with a young crop of talent beginning to establish themselves in senior hockey for the men in blue. Wetherell said the first game of the year was important for his side to set the tone. “To win the first game sets a bit of a statement to the other teams and people are certainly always watching the reigning premiers,” he said. “The young guys for Marist will be a big threat, we saw how good they are in the Woods Cup, and Wests will be a big threat. “But our side is looking good, our kids are a year older as well and now have a premiership under their belt.” Boyanup will open the men’s season against Marist on Friday night in Bunbury, before Wests host Associates in Busselton and Exies take on Towns/Souths on Saturday. In the SWHL women’s, Boyanup will also kick off the year against Marist, with Robins hosting Associates on Saturday and Exies facing Towns/Souths.