Last season: 6th EY Hockey League; Irish Senior Cup quarter-final; Mills Cup semi-final; Neville Cup second round
Coach: Gareth Watkins (1st season); assistant coach: Andy Ewington; manager: Tim Dunwoody; S&C: Kevin Foley (second year with the team); Video Analyst: Conor Keary
Players in: Aran Rooney (Railway Union) Rory Nichols (Trinity) Kyle Good (year out)
Players out: Stephen Cole (Royal Oree), Gavin Groves (retired)
On the playing front, former captain and Irish international Stephen Cole will be a big loss, having been an ever-present in the midfield for over a decade. Gavin Groves has also stepped away to take on the head coach role with Pembroke ladies, although the return of Kyle Good, Rory Nichols and Aran Rooney bolsters a squad that suffered from a glut of injuries last season.
To that end, Karl Lynch is a concern for at least the first half of the season with tendinitis (knee). David Cole will captain a side an increasingly youthful Monkstown side, with Guy Sarratt a year older and looking to further fulfill their potential, while a crew of Under-18 players will be looking to stake a claim for inclusion.
Irish Senior Cup draw: third round vs Glenanne (home)