Penguin Emperors' return to the top division ended in defeat at the first attempt - 15-10 to Liverpool Lizards.
In Division 2, Exeter trailed Tyldesley 4-2 after the first period but hit back to win 10-7. Maisie Standen (4), Elsie Graves (3) and Holly Campbell (3) were the leading scorers for Mid Sussex Marlins, 14-8 winners against Rotherham Metro.
In an excellent start to the women's Division 3 campaign, Watford edged out Kirkintilloch & Kilsyth 13-12 when a breakaway goal by Charlotte Winstanley - her fourth of the game - clinched the points 1.56 from the end.
Photo: Never too late . . . it's a while since Denry Leighton was awarded the Dave Warriner Memorial Trophy for outstanding service to the League and water polo in general. But, for various reasons, the actual presentation wasn't possible until this weekend's event at Ponds Forge. Our picture shows League official Mike Hesketh (right) doing the honours.