It was a tough re-introduction to playing Premier level in Hockey Manawatu for the Whanganui Men after a 5-3 loss to High School Hockey Club A at McDonald's Stadium on Saturday.

Whanganui had come into the new and imaginatively named Premier Group B division as the top qualifier after the two rounds of Premier Reserve Men's grade with an imposing ten straight victories, scoring 46 goals while conceeding only nine.

However, HSHC A were expected to be their toughest competition this season after being unlucky to be relegated from Premier alongside the winless Palmerston North Boys High.
The visitors finished two