copyright eyeeonthehills.com.au It looked more like a night game at Mundaring oval when the Roos matched up against the Bushrangers on Sunday afternoon for HFA round 5. In the wettest, darkest, coldest, heaviest and most miserable of dire football conditions the two sides braced for a greasy old-school footy encounter.

Nasty weather meant this match was set to make a serious challenge for the record of most dropped marks, fumbles and general footy bloopers in Aussie rules football history.

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Hills footy fans, with mettle enough to attend, took refuge from the squalls in their cars and watched the action squinting through their over worked windscreen wipers.

By the main break Parky had booted 5 goals to control the high ground with a 4 goal lead. Considering the horrendous weather and the fact that Mundaring had pressed forward only once for a single, solitary major, Parky’s 24 point lead seemed vast and unassailable.

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In the second half the Roos came out fighting and the third quarter was a pretty even wrestle. The Roos drove forward but failed in the final push to get the ball over the try line. The Bushrangers scored with one goal for the quarter.

Skills counted for little in these desperate conditions and the Burley may as well have been a large, greasy ball of butter.

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You have to love Hills community footy, for all the absurdity of playing football in weather like this it comes with risk. But this sodden game was drenched in good spirit and even humour as players slipped, grappled and fumbled their way around the water logged field. Both sides were in on the shared the joke.

In the last quarter the rain eased (by comparison) and Parky started to find some forward targets in front of goal. Mundaring managed their second (and final) goal for the game.

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By now Parkerville were moving the ball (and even catching it) in the air and piled on a 6 goal quarter, blowing the lead out to win by a whopping 66 wet-weather points.

Out in the middle, players called out their cheers for the enemy with unusual gusto, seemingly appreciating each others efforts in a shared and absurd experience.

Parkerville 12.10 (82) d. Mundaring 2.4 (16)

In other HFA matches;

Pickering Brook 7.13 (55) d. Bullsbrook 3.6 (24)

Gidgegannup 20.19 (139) d. Mt Helena 7.5 (47)


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