Champions Edinburgh Kool Kats and city rivals Polonia Phoenix go into the new Scottish Women’s League season this weekend without several top players.
Kats have lost Scottish caps Sarah O’Brien, who has moved to Tayside Musketeers, and Lauren Walker, who has gone to Sweden to teach.
O’Brien will be in the Tayside team who host Polonia on Sunday along with another former Kats player and Scottish cap Kathryn Taylor, who is back from university in the USA.
Polonia will be without GB junior international point guard Hilary Wood, who is in Canada for a year, and fellow GB junior cap Claire Paxton, who has returned to Colorado Christian University. Also missing will be former Kats centre Jenny Duff, who has a work commitment.
But Phoenix do have some good news with the return from abroad of Ali Mitchell.
Kats, who were originally due to play Glasgow Rocks away tomorrow, now do not have a fixture until October 18.
Two men’s league games have been called off due to a shortage of sufficiently qualified available referees.
Boroughmuir Blaze were due to host near neighbours Edinburgh University at the Crags Sports Centre tomorrow but the teams have sensibly agreed to play a friendly instead.
Stirling University v Glasgow University has also been called off as has the Scottish Cup preliminary tie between Pleasance and St Mirren Buddies.
Edinburgh Kings go ahead with their home league game v Dunfermline Reign at Portobello High tomorrow (11.15am) and should open their account after their home loss to Blaze.