Cronulla officials are confident Kogarah’s surface won’t be a concern for Sunday’s clash with Canberra despite Sydney’s big wet.
The A-League and W-League double-header between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory at the venue was postponed on Saturday evening, after more than 80mm fell between 9am and 4pm.
While football has a bigger reliance on avoiding a quagmire, another 45mm are also expected on Sunday before kick off, after a heavy end to the week.
Wet weather also forced a number of lower-grade games to be moved over the weekend, while Sunday’s NSW Cup match at Campbelltown has also been pushed until after the NRL.
But as of late Saturday afternoon Cronulla held no concerns over Kogarah, with the Jersey Flegg curtain-raiser still to go ahead before the NRL as planned.
Regardless, there are fears it will dampen Wade Graham’s 250th game celebrations with attendances significantly impacted in Sydney all weekend.
“We all know how important Wade is to us, just what he has accomplished at the club,” Sharks coach John Morris said.
“I remember playing here when Wade come to us as a youngster in 2011.
“The whole journey he has been on to debut as a kid in school at Penrith, he has come through and developed into a wonderful player.”
Morris implored Sharks players to use Graham’s milestone match as a motivation, as they look to go 2-0 for the first time since 2008.
“He is a unique player. His ability as a backrower to run, pass and kick. The aggression and intent he brings into our defence.
“But he has really grown into a wonderful leader, and that’s what I admire most about Wade.”
Meanwhile the big wet is expected to have a big impact on play, with Raiders coach Ricky Stuart admitting his side will have to rein it in.
“Certain strategies do change in the wet conditions,” Stuart said.
“It’s going to be completely different circumstances to last week. It’s about getting the little basics right in the wet conditions.”