DEFENDING champions CBM are favourites to retain the Suva Netball Association season opening knockout tournament today at the National Netball Centre.
More than 40 teams are expected to compete in the knockout today.
NewWorld Suva president Ruci Camaitoga said this would create some stiff competition.
She said 23 clubs had confirmed registration with the association with Tovata, Lyndhurst and Wardens making their debut today.
"Competition will be really interesting in the knockout on Saturday (today)," Camaitoga said.
CBM, with the services of national reps Lusi Robanakadavu, Taufa Taga, Maria Lutua, Una Rauluni and former national coach Unaisi Rokoura, may keep the title.