Monday to Friday the responsibility for ground closures lies with Sutherland Shire Council. If there is wet weather the council will make a call on whether all grounds in the shire will open or close. It is ‘one-out, all-out approach’ they use. If SSC close the grounds we will put up a message on our website www.menaihawks.org.au saying ‘grounds closed’. Under no circumstances are you allowed to train if the grounds are closed. The club will sustain heavy fines from council if a team is caught training whilst the grounds are closed. Sutherland Shire Council also runs a wet weather line 02 9710 0105 that indicates whether the grounds are open or closed. This line is updated by 10am each morning.
On a weekend the responsibility for ground closures lies with our association SSFA. If it looks like wet weather each club will be asked to report on the state of their grounds to SSFA by 7am on Saturday morning. Once a critical mass of grounds are unplayable SSFA will have no option but to close all grounds and cancel play across all clubs for the day. SSFA will communicate this washout to each club and in turn Menai Hawks will communicate this to each player via SMS as well as via a message on the club’s website www.menaihawks.org.au. Until this washout SMS is received you should assume that all games are going ahead as planned. For this communication process to work it is important that each player’s recorded mobile phone number is correct. Check with your team manager to ensure the club has your correct mobile number in its records.
The introduction of the Synthetic fields at Kareela Oval has opened up an opportunity for some games to be played regardless of the weather conditions. If wet weather is looking likely, SSFA will declare a few ages and grades (drawn randomly) as being possibilities to play if a total round wash-out eventuates. These games will then be played at Kareela or other designated ‘weather-fit’ grounds. If wet weather is looking likely, Menai Hawks will notify you if your team has been drawn out of the hat as one of the possibilities to play regardless of the weather conditions.