The WA Smarter than Smoking Premiership returns this weekend, kicking off a 13-round season over seven venues around Perth after COVID-19 restrictions led to the season kickoff being held off.
However, delays were not the only chaos wrought by the pandemic.
For the first time in years it will be a six-team competition after the Ellenbrook Rabbitohs pulled their side for 2020 with the aim of being able to field a first grade side in 2021.
Despite the withdrawal of one of last seasons exciting first grade finalists, the season is set to go off with an absolute cracking opening clash.
This Saturday, July 4th, will see the grand final rematch at Ken Allen Field between the Fremantle Roosters and North Beach Sea Eagles.
Just a week later, the Roosters will take on one of the other big clubs in the competition in the South Perth Lions at George Burnett Park.
Round Five sees the first themed round with Indigenous Round taking place on August 1st.
That weekend, Rockingham Sharks host the Roosters, the Sea Eagles face off against the Willagee Bears and the Lions make their way to Admiral Park for their clash against the Joondalup Giants.
The other themed round in the form of the Women In League Round falls in Round 12 which kicks off on September 19th with a tasty clash between the Lions and the Roosters, the Bears hosting the Sharks and the Sea Eagles taking a drive up the Mitchell Freeway to face the Giants.
It all culminates in a three-round finals series, played out over a two-week period, with a Grand Final being played out on October 17th.
For those who can’t get enough of the local Rugby League action, the Cash Converters Big Game of the Round will be live streamed and broadcast on free to air TV channel NITV from 10.00pm on Tuesday nights or 8.00pm via the Foxtel channel 144.