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ozybeer
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You have to remember some of those footballers are on million $ contracts. I am sure if they done thier playing career on some underdone padock thier would be huge problems for everone involved (would they get insurance) Its like a champion racehorse is not going to run at the Birdsville cup on its sand and rock track. However its still a bad decision for the Bendigo community.
Robbo
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[quote="Dale61"]Apparently, it's been reported (on SEN) that even though Buckley got through an extensive training session, he won't be lining up for Williamstown this week. He's still at least a week away, conditioning wise, and the Collingwood training staff want to give him another week before unleashing him. With that news, is it possible the game will be switched back to QEO! :roll:[/quote] The game will remain at Windy Hill. The game was moved to Essendon because the QEO is not fit for a VFL Game.
Volunteer
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I cannot believe that anyone could think that Bendigo would change the game to Windy Hill because of the remote chance of Nathan Buckley playing. The club loses money going to Windy Hill, for example catering is contracted out by Essendon, Bendigo has bus costs getting the Reserve Grade Players to the game plus most who attend are Essendon or the opposition AFL Club members so gate receipts are down. Bendigo does not give a hoot about the opposition as does all other clubs when they play each other, give me a break those who thought this should have a good look at themselves. The Board at Bendigo are very dissapointed that the game had to be relocated however the players welfare comes first. If anyone thinks that those volunteers who work for the Bendigo Bombers would rather go to Windy Hill than play at the QEO they do not understand football at all. The ground is a disgrace, there is no grass at Centre Half Forward/Back, the surface moves in places and there is uneven grass patches scattered over the ground. Last weekend there were 6 BFL games on the ground. Grounds are the workplace of AFL Listed players and clubs have an obligation to make sure that the workplace is safe. The club has an agreement with Essendon to only play 1 game at Windy Hill per season, there was 8 scheduled at the QEO this year, however you city folks do not understand the effect that Stage 4 Water Restrictions has had on country ovals. The Bendigo Council in their 03/04 budget allocated funds to have the playing surface ripped up having new drainage and irrigation systems installed. Due to the drought this has not happened and even though there is now a recycled water system that came on in April the Council have reallocated the funds elsewhere so I suspect the ground will come under scrutiny at this time of the year next year until they go ahead with the work.
footyman
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[quote="Volunteer"]I cannot believe that anyone could think that Bendigo would change the game to Windy Hill because of the remote chance of Nathan Buckley playing. The club loses money going to Windy Hill, for example catering is contracted out by Essendon, Bendigo has bus costs getting the Reserve Grade Players to the game plus most who attend are Essendon or the opposition AFL Club members so gate receipts are down. Bendigo does not give a hoot about the opposition as does all other clubs when they play each other, give me a break those who thought this should have a good look at themselves. The Board at Bendigo are very dissapointed that the game had to be relocated however the players welfare comes first. If anyone thinks that those volunteers who work for the Bendigo Bombers would rather go to Windy Hill than play at the QEO they do not understand football at all. The ground is a disgrace, there is no grass at Centre Half Forward/Back, the surface moves in places and there is uneven grass patches scattered over the ground. Last weekend there were 6 BFL games on the ground. Grounds are the workplace of AFL Listed players and clubs have an obligation to make sure that the workplace is safe. The club has an agreement with Essendon to only play 1 game at Windy Hill per season, there was 8 scheduled at the QEO this year, however you city folks do not understand the effect that Stage 4 Water Restrictions has had on country ovals. The Bendigo Council in their 03/04 budget allocated funds to have the playing surface ripped up having new drainage and irrigation systems installed. Due to the drought this has not happened and even though there is now a recycled water system that came on in April the Council have reallocated the funds elsewhere so I suspect the ground will come under scrutiny at this time of the year next year until they go ahead with the work.[/quote] Well the local council responded in yesterday's Bendigo Advertiser and said there is nothing wrong with the ground. Perhaps Bendigo Bombers could put these photos they sent to the VFL up on their website so us mugs can see for ourselves the supposed problem areas of the ground.
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Good suggestion Footyman, I will ask the club if they would do it.

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