Archive: Heavens opened for our Semi Finals
Deluge dealt us four Grand Final teams
The heavens opened up over Melbourne on Saturday, March 6, and the subsequent washouts and reductions in play saw Moonee Valley progress with five teams into the grand finals - the Firsts, Seconds, Thirds, Fourths and the Under 16 White team.
And we've still got the Sevenths and our Under 12 D team contesting the one-day semi finals.
The downpour was touted in some areas as the heaviest we've seen for 40 years, and Moonee Ponds Creek behind Ormond Park was soon running a banker.
There was follow-up heavy rain on the Saturday night, on Sunday and into Monday, which was the reserve day for our Thirds, Fourths and juniors.
It's a great result with five senior sides and two junior sides still live in the finals. Watch this space to see where you can see our Moonee Valley teams going for glory.
Our Fourths were down at Fairbairn Park when the Saturday rain came, and Dean Lawson provided this photo of the park under water - taken through his windscreen.
Peter Golding was out at John McLeod Oval in Deer Park with the Seconds, and got the shots of a barely-visible ground and the clubrooms awash.
Hailstones bigger than 20-cent coins pelted the ground at Ormond Park as players from the Firsts and the Sevenths huddled in our clubrooms. The whole park was very quickly under sheets of water, and it was obvious there would be no more play for the day.
There were no further balls bowled in the Firsts match against Footscray United, and Moonee Valley went through to the Grand Final courtesy of finishing top of the ladder.
The progression also means Moonee Valley has booked a spot for a further promotion for next season, up into North Division - just one rung below the highest grade in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association.
***At left - clearing the water from the Deer Park clubrooms.
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