Australian Football League's Mark Evans Dismisses Adelaide Coach's Heat Concerns
The Australian Football League has "poured cold water on Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson's scheduling concerns related to Sunday's hot fixture in the Sunshine State," according to Rob Forsaith of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Adelaide played in Brisbane at 1:10pm on a "warm winter's day that reached 24.6C." Sanderson said, "If you're going to schedule games up here at this time of year, you've got to put them at night. Otherwise you're going to put players' health and safety at risk." AFL Football Operations Manager Mark Evans on Monday "dismissed Sanderson's criticism." Evans: "Certainly it was hotter in Adelaide at the start of the year. Certainly it's been hotter in the finals series, where people have had six-day breaks and all of those sort of things. I don't think it's outside the realm of an acceptable limit" (SMH, 8/11).