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    Notes from the field


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All of us in the Veterans community will remember the days of playing on grass fields, and having our matches cancelled or postponed due to adverse weather conditions.

Since the introduction of astroturf, the number of games cancelled has dropped to virtually zero.  But recently, I, along with 3 other teams had the novel experience of having a game cancelled due to technology - well sort of.

Turning up to play a match at Moorebank on a Wednesday night, I met a number of players from the earlier match leaving.  Looking at my watch I thought that strange given it should only have been about half time.  When I asked what was going on, I found out that the lights at the pitch had died during the first half, and the match had to be called off.

We stoood around for about 30 minutes until being offically advised that the game was not going to be played in the dark, and that we should all go home.

So while the days of having a match called off because the fields were too wet are long gone, we can still be plagued by technology issues that can result in a match being called off.

Author Info
Mark Matheson
Chief Bottle Washer
Mark is the former President of the Sydney Masters Hockey Association and is a current NSW manager in the Over 40's age group. When he is not working in the hockey community, Mark runs an IT Consultancy offering IT Management and business process change services.