The Lions opened their season at home to Novos . Despite early morning rain , the game kicked off in perfect conditions , with Park attacking down the slope .
The Lions started brightly and certainly dominated the early exchanges . The pace of the game was frenetic but to be fair , both sides were trying their best to entertain the large crowd that had gathered at Preston Avenue . Despite their dominance , Park were unable to cross the Novos line and it was the visitors who opened the scoring on their first venture into Park territory . Great support play by backs and forwards caught out Park who were trying to catch their breath after the fast start . 0-7 .
Back came Park . Referee Manley awarded a penalty which was dispatched into the stewards front garden by Harrison . From the resulting line out , the Park forwards drove to the line , followed by a strong snap by Nairn producing good ball for Gilmour to set the backs away for winger Simm to score in the corner . 7-7 .