Sizzling Brisbane heat ‘too hot’ for ‘professional sport’

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Brisbane Roar and Canberra United somehow played out an entertaining 1-1 draw despite oppressive conditions at Perry Park on Saturday.

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Although temperatures reached 35 degrees, both sides were able to forge onward with breaks every 15 minutes.

Roar coach Garrath McPherson believes that playing amidst these factors is not acceptable for a professional competition like the ALW.

“Having to stop a game every fifteen minutes just to give them hydration so they don’t collapse probably suggests it might be too hot to be playing professional sport,” he said post-game.

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Embodying the stress endured by the players throughout the contest was the Roar’s American star Shea Connors.

The “physically exhausted” winger was substituted from the field due to heat exhaustion at a crucial stage toward the end of the match.

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Compromising the standard of play due to the weather is something the ALW should avoid, even if it means changing the timing of games, says Brisbane’s coach.

“I’d prefer to prepare to play at nine in the morning if we could,” he argued after the match.

Brisbane ultimately overcame a 1-0 deficit and the sweltering conditions to equalise 10 minutes into the second half.

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Larissa Crummer’s finish was particularly vital in lifting the team’s morale on a physically draining day.

“It was a big goal for us today in what were very tough conditions for both teams,” McPherson said.

The draw leaves Brisbane Roar’s Women undefeated after a win in round one, while Saturday’s result was a consecutive draw for Canberra United.

Feature Image Credit: Kyoko Kurihara

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Liam Cook
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