I am aware a number of municipal councils are unhappy with the association's instruction on full-size covers to be laid as early as a Tuesday, and this is the second time already this season it has been demanded (is that too strong an adjective given the municipal councils are the owners of the grounds ?). I think a sensible compromise is for clubs to all have a one pitch cover and take responsibility for laying it if the association asks for the pitch to be covered any earlier than a Thursday. I worked on my pitch until darkness on Friday evening, but I am a voluntary curator. In contrast, Council prepared pitches are prepared by employees subject to industrial awards and, therefore, there is not the same flexibility in working hours. Is it realistic to expect municipal councils to prepare pitches if the pitch cover has continuously been in place due to adverse weather from Tuesday till Friday afternoon (as was the case at my pitch there having been a thunderstorm Friday am). Pls keep us posted on developments.You are absolute disgrace Hobsons Bay City Council for failing to put down the covers at all also didn't even touch the wickets & also it failed to prepare the wicket at both Frank Kirk Oval & JK Grant Reserve in Altona for the second week of the round 4 encounter between Altona & my lot (Hoppers Crossing) which is under official protest from Hoppers Crossing & also in dispute in both the 1st XI & 3rd XI.
As that our fixture yesterday was washed out in the 2nd week in very very controversial circumstances after that when VSDCA wet weather committee told them to put down the covers and do so from Tuesday Night as that our (Hoppers Crossing) 1st XI captain/coach was absolutely furious on arrival at the ground at the state of the wicket at Frank Kirk Oval as was our club president is actually very very confident we'll win the hearing when that happens thus possibly stripping Altona of three competition points (1st XI & 3rd XI) and thus Hoppers Crossing gain an extra three points (1st XI & 3rd XI).