And so it begins......
This Saturday saw snowdown play hosts to Thanet 2's at the fast becoming famous spinney lane stadium.
With a capacity crowd in the packed Bob and Alfie stand the atmosphere was immense.
Both sides were looking eager to dust the cob webs off - so the captains got the pleasantries out of the way then got back onto business - with the Thanet captain winning the toss (sounds better than the snowdown captain losing it) and electing to kick.
Snowdown imidiatley showing why they were crowned league champions last campaign with a score within 2mins of ko. With the forwards dominating all aspects of play and the backs running around like a well orchestrated Russian ballet (beautiful to watch at times). This was much the story of the first half. With tries scored by many players (I didn't write down who scored lads sorry)
At half time Snowdown decided all the pleasant to eye free flowing rugby had to come to an end, as they didn't want to get the crowd too excited on the first game. So in true rock ape style they decided to let the Thanet side back into the game by giving away silly penalties one after another and like most sides when they have built up a large lead in a friendly getting try line fever from inside their own 22!!!
But all in all Snowdown looked like a side easily capable of competing for the league title once again this year.
The debuties on the day were very impressive and shown a glimpse of what the spinner lane faithful have got to look forward to. But not to be out done, man of the match was Gareth Bramwell, who bagged himself a hat-trick at his preferred position at full back.
A special mention must go to the referee - who was spot, on the day very impressed, and also to Thanet who came over to fulfil a friendly fixture where many wouldn't turn up to play a league game. And also who stayed behind to sink a couple of beers and a game of battleships in true spirit of the game.
Cary Jackson - debut
Nick ford - debut
Gareth Bramwell - man of the match