150 people attended the Ice Bucket Challenge at Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club on Sunday, September 14.
With so much at stake the sides could have been forgiven for going into their shells in this title decider but nothing could have been further from the truth.
Vale of Lune came from behind to edge out Eccles in an absorbing contest on Saturday and make it two wins from two in the North One West this season.
Heysham Atoms face the biggest game in their near 30-year history when they travel to St Helens side Bold Miners on Saturday.
In front of one of the largest crowds seen at The Lane in recent seasons for a league game, a new look Vale of Lune ran in six tries to collect a bonus point against local rivals Kirkby Lonsdale on the opening day of the new season.
Without a league game for the fifth time this season the Heysham Atoms were big winners at Premier Division side Folly Lane in a hard-fought friendly on Saturday.
The Heysham Atoms’ Under 18s travelled to Warrington for their penultimate game of the season with a stretched squad for the second week in a row.
Ever since incoming Director of Rugby, Phil Stott, announced at the club’s AGM that plans were in train to make the Vale of Lune a local club for local players there has been a palpably buzz about the place that increased in volume as the new season approached.
Heysham Atoms’ first team may have been without a game at the weekend but there was action for both the club’s A and under 18 sides.
For their second pre-season fixture Vale of Lune hosted Stoke on Trent who finished in fourth place in Midlands One West last season, and once again all eyes were on the composition of a new look Vale side which contained a blend of youth and experience.