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The A-League weather jinx: Should Macarthur FC have rescheduled?

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19th February, 2023
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(Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
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Macarthur flipped the climate coin last Saturday afternoon and lost. It was one extreme after another.

Initially their men’s match against Newcastle was delayed due to the summer heat. Then, after roughly fifteen minutes of play, it was briefly postponed due to a lightning storm. For the hapless Bulls, it was akin to the old saying: tails you lose, heads I win. Somehow the Jets ran out winners, despite possessing less ball and limited shots.

Across town, performing comfortably at an updated Moore Park, Sydney FC drew with Brisbane. Rhyan Grant celebrated 250 A-League games, as Steve Corica’s charmed lads squeezed in a late equaliser.

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Rhyan Grant netted the winner for Sydney in the A-League grand final. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

After the game, a light drizzle began, its gentle cascade predictable as clockwork, gifting the Sky Blues’ fans considerable luck.

The same couldn’t be said for the Bull’s keen supporters, huddling under the aged awnings of Campbelltown Stadium.

With Macarthur’s game recommencing at 7:45pm, the A-League’s newest franchise had to compete with the much bigger Melbourne derby, taking place at the same time.

And that’s where the streaming metrics get interesting. For a football fan or neutral, how could you miss watching the Victory and City game? There’s no comparison. By terrible coincidence, after yet another weather delay in the Sydney contest, patience was tested, and the evening’s television viewers travelled south to Victoria instead.

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Campbelltown was a ghost town. Even respected football commentator, Lucy Zelic, became fed-up with the broadcast, commenting on Twitter: “I don’t care what anyone says, cameras in a dressing room are just wrong, wrong, wrong.”

In retrospect, should Macarthur have stuck with their original kick-off time of 5pm?

Surely management had access to the Bureau of Meteorology. A delayed 6pm time sadly coincided with the approaching thunderstorm, which in hindsight, could have been avoided. Via Facebook, the fixture was only updated last Friday, a mere twenty-four hours before the event.

The domino effect of multiple delays also impeded the Perth and Central Coast match later in the night, by setting it back half an hour. You have to wonder if Paramount heavily influenced that decision, wishing not to overlap more games.

To the brave Macarthur faithful who persisted, hanging around for nearly four hours, your tenacity will eventually be rewarded. Sadly though, sometimes when it rain, it pours.

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