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Monday, 25 March 2019

AFL legends unload on Marvel Stadium surface


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Former Brownlow Medallist Jimmy Bartel has unloaded on the surface of Marvel Stadium after the opening round of AFL action.

In farcical scenes, an emergency umpire was forced into repairing the raidly deteriorating during Sunday's clash between St Kilda after two games were played in Round 1.

However, according to Bartel, the problems with the surface at Marvel had been dangerous well before the past weekend.

“This has been going on since the stadium was built,” Bartel told Macquarie Sports Radio.

Marvel Stadium

“Nothing ever happens (to change the surface), they don’t care about it. There’s been issues where the fake turf goes so close to the ground there’s been players do their ACL on it.

“The AFL paid boffins millions of dollars to design the stadium and they built it the wrong way. Half the crowd sits there looking in the sun.

“It’s one of the dumbest stadiums ever built.”

Bartel's claims were supported by recent retiree Brendon Goddard who said he found it "funny" that attention was being drawn to the poor playing conditions after years of the same problem existing.

Jimmy Bartel

“It’s funny it’s taken this long to get some attention because during my time in the game, it’s been pretty poor in terms of the standard to other grounds, in particular," Goddard told AFL Tonight.

"It’s really no different to what we experienced as players for the last 10 years.

“It’s getting attention now due to a couple of minor injuries suffered … but it’s hard to explain to people because it’s good from far, far from good. It looks good aesthetically from afar, but it’s been this soft, sandy issue for a long time.

“If you can think of playing 120 minutes of football and you change direction and the turf shifting slightly under your feet … it shifts quite regularly.

Brendon Goddard

"Our muscles have to work overtime, your joints work overtime to stay upright … therefore you pull up worse after playing on Marvel Stadium."

Following the controversy surrounding the turf at Marvel during Round 1, the AFL's general manager of football operations Steve Hocking stressed that the AFL work to ensure the safety of the players moving forward.

“The AFL’s focus remains on the welfare and safety of AFL players and acknowledges that parts of the surface of Marvel Stadium deteriorated over the course of the weekend’s games," Hocking said in a statement.

Marvel Stadium

“Coming out of the review is a program of turf replacement for all necessary sections of the western side of the ground. 

“The AFL Football Operations team, together with the Stadium, will ensure these works are complete before Round Two of the Premiership Season. 

“We will continue to work closely with the AFLPA throughout the week to ensure the surface is safe and appropriate for AFL football.”

The next match played at Marvel Stadium will be the Round 2 clash between Essendon and St Kilda on Saturday afternoon.

Former Brownlow Medallist Jimmy Bartel has unloaded on the surface of Marvel Stadium after the opening round of AFL action.

In farcical scenes, an emergency umpire was forced into repairing the raidly deteriorating during Sunday's clash between St Kilda after two games were played in Round 1.

However, according to Bartel, the problems with the surface at Marvel had been dangerous well before the past weekend.

“This has been going on since the stadium was built,” Bartel told Macquarie Sports Radio.

Marvel Stadium

“Nothing ever happens (to change the surface), they don’t care about it. There’s been issues where the fake turf goes so close to the ground there’s been players do their ACL on it.

“The AFL paid boffins millions of dollars to design the stadium and they built it the wrong way. Half the crowd sits there looking in the sun.

“It’s one of the dumbest stadiums ever built.”

Bartel's claims were supported by recent retiree Brendon Goddard who said he found it "funny" that attention was being drawn to the poor playing conditions after years of the same problem existing.

Jimmy Bartel

“It’s funny it’s taken this long to get some attention because during my time in the game, it’s been pretty poor in terms of the standard to other grounds, in particular," Goddard told AFL Tonight.

"It’s really no different to what we experienced as players for the last 10 years.

“It’s getting attention now due to a couple of minor injuries suffered … but it’s hard to explain to people because it’s good from far, far from good. It looks good aesthetically from afar, but it’s been this soft, sandy issue for a long time.

“If you can think of playing 120 minutes of football and you change direction and the turf shifting slightly under your feet … it shifts quite regularly.

Brendon Goddard

"Our muscles have to work overtime, your joints work overtime to stay upright … therefore you pull up worse after playing on Marvel Stadium."

Following the controversy surrounding the turf at Marvel during Round 1, the AFL's general manager of football operations Steve Hocking stressed that the AFL work to ensure the safety of the players moving forward.

“The AFL’s focus remains on the welfare and safety of AFL players and acknowledges that parts of the surface of Marvel Stadium deteriorated over the course of the weekend’s games," Hocking said in a statement.

Marvel Stadium

“Coming out of the review is a program of turf replacement for all necessary sections of the western side of the ground. 

“The AFL Football Operations team, together with the Stadium, will ensure these works are complete before Round Two of the Premiership Season. 

“We will continue to work closely with the AFLPA throughout the week to ensure the surface is safe and appropriate for AFL football.”

The next match played at Marvel Stadium will be the Round 2 clash between Essendon and St Kilda on Saturday afternoon.

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