Game shifted to dodge Bridgewater quagmire

With the Bridgewater oval declared a sodden, muddy “write-off” by the Adelaide Hills Council, the United Eagles Football Club has offered its home grounds at Callington to the Raiders Football Club for its home games on August 4.

A week after the game that turned Bridgewater oval into a mud pit, the playing surface remains a quagmire.

Hills Football League (HFL) vice president Glenn Thomson announced the offer this week, thanking the Callington and Bridgewater clubs and the competing Lobethal club for their “understanding and co-operation”.
No arrangements have been made to date to find a host ground for Bridgewater’s August 18 home game.
Meanwhile, officials from the Bridgewater Raiders, the HFL and the council have inspected the Bridgewater oval after unexpected heavy rains during the July 14 game turned the grass sporting ground into a mud pit – a problem only exacerbated by the lack of water pressure for hot showers after the games.
The council’s engineering director, Tim Hancock, told The Courier that the playing surface was a “complete write-off” for this season.
He said the council had a number of experienced greenkeepers on staff who had offered their expertise to the club in managing the surface condition in the future.

For the full report, see the print issue of The Courier.