With the opening match of the season against La Salle, the HMS players had a tough nut to crack against the favorites. This is what Coach Bryan Pace had to say about the game:
"Our first match versus La Salle is one from which we take home a number of positives in view of the number of players available for the match, whereby two players have made their debut within the first team squad. The first match is always tricky, since one has to gauge the work done in preseason and see how these are managed within the team and the attacking and defensive moves.
Having come back from an early three goal deficit, we managed to stay on par with our opponents for a good period in the first half, where we only lost our flair in the dying minutes of the first half against the lethal fast break attacks made by La Salle.
The second half provided quite a challenge since our players had to combat physical fatigue against a team who had plenty of squad depth to keep the offensive moves coming. Merit goes to all our players for holding on and fighting till the end against such a strong opponent."
Score: HMS Parthenope 20 - 31 La Salle Unique