See What the Rain Does in Football

Rain caused a number of problems in the 1937 Sydney season and in round 10 it rained like there was no tomorrow.

One of the games in the round was between Sydney and Newtown clubs at Kensington Oval and because the ground was flooded, both clubs wanted to abandon the fixture but the league ruled that the game must go ahead.

Officials and players from both clubs decided on a unique method of overcoming constitutional difficulties and when central umpire, Tom King, took the field, one player from each of the reserve grade of both sides, which paddled out the earlier fixture, accompanied him and, after kicking two goals apiece, promptly left the field!

Other games in the round went on but most venues were under water with several registering a covering of up to 100mm deep in parts.

The action by the two clubs was frowned upon by the league but despite this the encounter was recorded as a ‘match’, no competition points were awarded, officials from both sides received a severe reprimand and a fine of two pounds ($4) was imposed on both clubs.

Not to be outdone only four weeks later following their muddy game at Kensington Oval, players in the South Sydney v North Shore reserve grade match resented the unsoiled attire of umpire Mick Bourke and  promptly rolled him in the centre wicket area bog after the game.  The incident went unreported!  Would that happen today?