Wild rain puts Lions on skids
BAYSIDE Strikers took advantage of Saturday's deluge at One Mile Oval, beating the Gympie Lions 2-nil on a rain-soaked pitch.
The vast amount of water on the ground led to an unpredictable game as every kick sent the ball skidding in all directions, making ball control difficult at best.
Lions manager Graham Kahler said it was raining cats and dogs by the end of the first half and officials were close to calling the game off.
He said the performance was neck and neck until the Strikers scored a goal just before half-time.
Lions attacked well for the duration of the game, but a combination of ground conditions, pouring rain and the Strikers' goalkeeper kept Gympie from scoring.
Kahler said there were plenty of attempts at goal by the Lions but no success.
"The boys attacked pretty hard, but couldn't get a goal," he said.
"They didn't know where the ball was going to roll."
He said Lions keeper Dylan Graham had a fairly quiet game, with the team's defence holding strong and resulting in the Strikers having few attempts at goal.
Kahler said Matt Haas and Dylan Davey were stand-out players of the game.
Missing was injured Lee Ambrose, who is still recovering from broken ribs sustained earlier in the season.
Kahler said the boys made the most of the situation.
Plans for the Lions at training this week will revolve around shooting goals.