FREMANTLE will begin its 2016-17 Premier Cricket assault by hosting Subiaco Floreat in a one-day match on Saturday.
After falling to Rockingham Mandurah at the last hurdle earlier this year, the Port Boys will begin the new campaign against the side they just pipped for a finals berth.
WACA guru Ben Somerford believed Fremantle would be around the mark for a title shot.
“At full strength Fremantle will be the most feared side in WA Premier Cricket, however representative duties will have a major effect on participation,” he said.
“Brayden Sutton has left Rockingham-Mandurah to join the Port Boys in a major boost for the batting line-up.
“Jake Carder capped off his amazing season with a full state contract, as he looks for early form.”
He said Western Warriors squad members Ashton Turner and Jhye Richardson would provide increased versatility after terrific seasons at club and state level. “Fremantle’s stunning finals series has every club on notice…” he said.
“If the bowling cartel stays injury-free, the Port Boys will be a big chance to go one better than last season.”
Saturday’s season opener will be played at Stevens Reserve from 10.30am.