After a long pause due to the Coronavirus and our usual venue being out of bounds, 7th October saw the return of Wednesday night training for AWF.
The high school sport centre was the venue. Thanks to our two Covid officers (Ray Parker and Mike Burnett), everything was in place to comply with the regulations.
Although it was a clear and rainless evening, there was an icy breeze blowing through, this was evident in the showers later on.
A total of 16 members attended and all of them showed that they haven’t lost their appetite for the game. The game was played under floodlights and although the pitch (1st gen astro) looked good, it wasn’t long before some players were slipping on the surface. Whilst attempting to stop the ball going out of play, Big Wully Craib was the first guy to succumb, the big fella went down like a grand sequoia, thankfully he wasn’t badly injured.
Understandably, there was some running and the occasional tackle creeping in, but nothing that deserved the wrath of referee (mike B). Overall, it was good even game.
But for all the positives, sadly, the pitch just isn’t playable. Whilst AWF fully appreciate the staff going out of their way to make sure that we got on the pitch, we just can’t run the risk of anyone getting injured. Other venues are currently being looked at.
It’s a bit sad that the biggest town in Angus doesn’t have a decent all weather surface for local clubs to play on.