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Strange stuff from sky no help to local boys

Thursday, 21st May, 2009

Wet conditions proved too unfamiliar for the Barrier team on day two of the PSSA State Australian Rules Carnival yesterday.

Barrier was defeated by Polding 3.1 (19) to 2.1 (13) and also lost to Mackillop, 15.4 (94) to 1.0 (6).

This was despite starting the carnival in impressive form the previous day with a 25-point win over North Coast and a 7.9 (51) to 1.2 (8) victory over Hunter on Tuesday night. Carnival convener Sharon Degoumois said she was proud of the local team putting in a huge effort in the unfamiliar, slippery conditions.

"No, we didn't cancel any games. We played through the rain," said Mrs Degoumois. "They played quite well." The carnival will conclude today with Barrier playing Sydney North at 11am. Mrs Degoumois said Barrier would be playing off for 7th and 8th position. In other games yesterday Sydney West d Sydney South West 2.5 (17) to 1.5 (11), Mackillop d Sydney East 8.7 (55) to 0.2 (2)), Riverina d Sydney North 5.3 (32) to 0.0 (0), North Coast d Sydney South West 5.7 (37) to 2.2 (14), CIS d Sydney North 5.8 (38) to 2.3 (15), Riverina d South Coast 10.4 (64) to 2.2 (14), North Coast d Hunter 4.3 (27) to 3.1 (19), CIS d South Coast 7.3 (45) to 2.3 (15), Sydney East d Polding 6.5 (41) to 2.6 (18) and Sydney West d Hunter 3.5 (23) to 0.3 (3). The draw for today's games is as follows: Zinc Oval - 9am North Coast v Sydney West, 10am Mackillop v CIS, 11am Sydney North v Barrier. 12 noon semi final, 1pm final. Alma Oval - 9am, Riverina v Sydney East, 10am South Coast v Polding, 12 noon Sydney South West v Hunter. The finals will be played today, with the grand final at the Zinc Oval at 1pm. The carnival will conclude with the announcement of the State team to contest the Australian Championships later this year. Meanwhile, the city recorded 5.2mm of rain between 9am Tuesday and 3pm yesterday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology's automatic weather station at the airport. Wilcannia recorded a total of 11.8mm between 9am Tuesday and 3pm yesterday. Ivanhoe got 8.4mm, Pooncarie received 8.2mm and Menindee received 6.8mm of rain in the same time frame. Local weather recorder Phil Mew, who records the weather from his home in the city's south, said the city received 5.8mm to 2.30pm.

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