First match of the season for our D1 baptism of fire. We have some knowledge of Panthers from playing them in a pre-season last year as well as knowing some of their players. Panthers finished 3rd last season and also had the division's top scorer Koji Oguro, so we need a defensive masterclass on him.
It's a good evening game so temperatures hopefully will have cooled and we can put out a strong squad. Having a fixture against a top 3 side will be good to get us aware of the speed and level we have to play at to compete in D1. Let's keep our style and play and go at them as we did all last season. Stick together and communicate well. Things will be harder than before and where we could get away with small errors before probably will get punished. So let's support and be cool with our teammates because it won't be us so much, it will be the level of opposition. We have to recognise this especially in the opening matches, get used to that being the factor and bring our game up together.