As nice as it is to talk about the 1970s and also suburban grounds, we're very precious now about ground surfaces when AFL players are involved.
Blokes running around in the EFL on Saturday probably dont care if the ground is heavy but AFL clubs get paranoid at the sight of a little bit of mud.
The Willy ground will dry out alright with a few good days weather and the grass will shoot up again, it'll be fine in a couple of weeks if they look after it properly.
Illabarook's Smythesdale ground, only a few seasons old, is out of footy action.
Creswick's brand new Doug Lindsay Reserve is out of footy action.
Lake Wendouree's Wendouree Reserve is out of footy action.
I remember VFA games in very muddy conditions, including at Camberwell where the smell was not too pleasant!
Droughts caused football matches to be moved. Too much rain caused football matches to be moved. Perhaps the refurbished Willi oval needed a settling in period.
See also post "Divots" of 17 June.
[quote=footyman]As nice as it is to talk about the 1970s and also suburban grounds, we're very precious now about ground surfaces when AFL players are involved.
The Willy ground will dry out alright with a few good days weather and the grass will shoot up again, it'll be fine in a couple of weeks if they look after it properly.[/quote]
Very true Footyman. Some AFL payers would rather no wind, no rain, no mud and even not get tackled in the spaces of a closed roof. If we get a wet September we could get some heavy tracks yet the GF will be played at Docklands with no wind, no rain, no mud and probably no sun with a closed roof. Of course it will be an even paying field as both Prelim finals will be at North Port.
Most grounds playing surface are a lot better than the 70s but with plenty of rain there is so much a ground can handle. Some dry out quicker than others.
In earlier post I boo-booed re: Illabarook's ground. It is apparently out of action on 18 August because of a prior booking by the CFA. Go figure!
Will williamstown continue to train on the ground which will chop it up even further???
I think there still training at Western Oval. Of course theres worse grounds at local level but the VFL needs to be of a certain standard.
Jets v Dragons TAC Cup game this weekend has been moved away from the Williamstown ground.
Western Jets v Sandringham Dragons now at Werribee, still at 11 am.
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