ON what should have been a great, but wet day to herald in the start of the upcoming 2014 Hampden Football Netball League season, the Boags Draught Cup/Athlete’s Foot Cup at Port Fairy on Saturday was thrown into disarray with the forced movement of the football due to safety concerns.
Drainage works at Gardens Oval recently left lines of ditches across the ground across one of the half forward line and among what was used to fill them was many stones.
Players for the first game ran out onto the field for their warm up, only to raise concerns about their safety and league officials agreed that the ground was unsafe for play.
Hasty arrangements were made for the Boags Draught Cup to be played at South Warrnambool’s aptly named Friendly Society’s Park, creating mayhem for those travelling to the competition.
While the word did manage to filter through to some players, for many, the first knowledge that there was a problem was when they arrived at the Gardens Oval, only to be told at the gate of the shift in the football competition, while the Athlete’s Cup for the netballers would remain at Port Fairy.
There was not even a radio news flash to warn those on the way of the unfortunate happening and shift, leaving a sea of confused faces on arrival.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, March 18, 2014,