Sixteen points from John Walsh was a significant return which secured Mullinavat's opening win and victory over league champions James Stephens in Dunnamaggin.
Leading 0-13 to 0-9 at the break they managed to weather a Village comeback who were just a point behind with ten minutes remaining
It was Mullinavat who kicked on as Stephens had a player sent off late in the game.
Mullinavat: John Walsh (0-16), Mark Mansfield (0-4), Brian Phelan (0-2), Adam Mansfield, Michael Malone (0-1 each).
James Stephens: Eoin Guilfoyle (0-9), Luke Scanlon (0-4), Matt Ruth, Jack McGrath, Niall Mullins, Tadhg O'Dwyer, Niall Brassil (0-1 each).
Referee: Paul Cahill.