Well, not quite the beginning of a new season. The match described here was actually a pre-season Knights encounter with Sale Rugby Club. But if you're an Adobe Lightroom user, and if you keyword your images like I do, you'll understand the significance of applying a new 'season 2018-19' tag after a year of using 'season 2017-18'. It's a bit of a milestone.
I know there's many who would disagree with this method of cataloguing pictures, preferring to use 'collections' instead. Believe me, if I was starting all over again I might do the same but it'd be difficult to change after 80,000 images or so. I do use collections, for syncing with Lightroom Mobile on the phone and for sharing with all manner of people, but my method of actually finding a long lost image in Lightroom is through keywords. If you do use Lightroom, there's been an update in the last couple of days. Read about the new stuff in Scott Kelby's Lightroom Killer Tips post here.
By the way, if you're reading this is another part of the world and you're unfamiliar with rugby, you might be wondering how one team I photograph, Keighley Cougars, is nearing the end of its season while others are just beginning theirs. The Cougars play Rugby League which for a number of years in the UK has been played throughout the spring and summer, February to September. Rugby Union on the other hand, which I spend most of my time photographing, is still a winter game, September to May.
As Sale are a couple of leagues below the Knights, the home side took the opportunity to try out squad and academy players beyond what might eventually become the regular first team. As with all season openers, there were a number of new faces alongside established figures.
You can read the detailed match report but basically it was an exciting high scoring game, the visitors competing well but the Knights emerging as comfortable winners.