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THE VFL has declared the waterlogged North Port Oval unsafe and shifted tomorrow's Round 15 VFL clash between Port Melbourne and Box Hill Hawks to the City Oval.

League officials inspected the ground this morning after Box Hill officials raised concerns about playing on it.

They quickly decided to take the match to Box Hill.

Stretches of water settled on North Port Oval last Saturday, with one long-time Borough supporter saying he had never seen it so heavy.

It's the third home game Port Melbourne has forfeited this season. Matches against Werribee and Sandringham were transferred earlier in the season due to work on the Norm Goss grandstand.

VFL operations manager John Hook told Leader this morning: "After receiving contact from Box Hill we called for an independent assessment and unfortunately it was not good.

"They did think it was unsafe because in parts of the ground you go from a reasonable surface to areas where you basically sink. So we couldn't sanction the match going ahead.''

Hook said the condition of North Port Oval was a "real worry'' given the VFL had scheduled most of the finals there.

Referring to the late switch, Hook added: "Clubs have to raise these issues with us earlier. It's not acceptable to make contact with us on Thursdays.''

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I was on north port last night. I would say with the wind today & forking out a bit to get some instant turf the ground could have been played on tomorrow.

[quote=Borough1874]

I was on north port last night. I would say with the wind today & forking out a bit to get some instant turf the ground could have been played on tomorrow.

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It wants more than a good forking !!!

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

It's dry as a bone now with the sun and wind on it all day. Any thought of playing it Sunday instead or would that upset Hawthorn?

Williamstown and Roosters supporters will have a field day with this.

 


[quote=NorthPort]

Williamstown and Roosters supporters will have a field day with this.

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Ironic that you say field days, isn't that what the Roosters play on... just a field?

*waits for the usual suspects to bite* ;)

Oh dear, what a pity. I was so looking forward to not having a burraburger. What's on the menu at City Oval

Burraburgers are do overrated.

[quote=lauschie]

I think it would be a bit rich of Williamstown supporters to say anything against North Port Oval,as we all remember what Burbank Oval was like just on 12 months ago.

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And no doubt last year Lauschie you were extolling the virtues of the Williamstown ground...what a difference a year makes!

Sandy. The most successful club in the past 30 years

Dig's
What is your nomination for Best unplayable ground of the week?

[quote=BrekkyDJ]

NorthPort wrote:

Williamstown and Roosters supporters will have a field day with this.

Ironic that you say field days, isn't that what the Roosters play on... just a field?

*waits for the usual suspects to bite* ;)

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Once again another smart arse post Breaky, not even worth commenting.

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

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