MUDDLED

WHAT A MESS: Bomaderry and Wollongong players battle the wet, muddy and slippery conditions at Artie Smith Oval yesterday. Photo FRED TYLERFans and players brave the mud for their sportTHE week of constant rain over the Shoalhaven led to scores of weekend sporting matches being cancelled with only the bravest of fans rugging up to sit on the sidelines at the few games that did proceed.Parents across the region were probably secretly rejoicing when news that all junior sporting matches had been cancelled started to filter through.The Shoalhaven Football Association followed, cancelling its entire round of senior competition.The VB South Coast Group 7 match between the Berry-Shoalhaven Heads Magpies and the Gerringong Lions had to be postponed when when it became obvious the Berry Showground playing surface was not up to the task. The Milton-Ulladulla game was also called off.Despite the conditions the AFL South Coast competition played a full round of action.The Bomaderry Tigers v Wollongong University Bulldogs match was moved from Keira Oval to the Tigers’ own Artie Smith Oval, but the change of venue did little to avoid the expected mud bath.By full time the diehard fans who had rugged up for the game where having trouble separating the sides with players looking a wet and sorry shade of brown in the dimming light.The miserable conditions did little to dampen the mood in the Bomaderry change rooms after the game with the Tigers celebrating a comfortable win over the previously undefeated Bulldogs.Full round report on page 31.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.