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TBT: The day 'Arctic Park' froze over

TBT: The day 'Arctic Park' froze over A severe hail storm struck a game between St Kilda and Brisbane in 1993

As cold as Geelong's GMHBA Stadium might be this Saturday, it won't compare to what 'Arctic Park' was like in Round 11, 1993. 

On that day, the Brisbane Bears travelled down to Waverley Park to take on St Kilda. 

While the expected temperature was 11 degrees, hail and brief snowfalls were possibilities, much to the shock of the Bears. 

Bears Coach Robert Walls told his team not to worry about the chilly conditions, but that all changed when huge chunks of hail began falling from the sky. 

The match kept on going despite the atrocious conditions, with the Saints kicking five goals to one in a strong first quarter. 

Both sides kicked three goals in the second quarter, leaving the Bears trailing by 22 points at half time

The second half belonged to the home side who kicked a further 12 goals to run away with a 55-point victory. Saints spearhead Tony Lockett was in damaging form and finished with 11 goals, while Nicky Winmar chipped in with four majors. 

The final score was 20.10 (130) to 11.9 (75).

Nathan Chapman and Ray Windsor both kicked two goals for the Bears, while Nathan Buckley and Marcus Ashcroft collected 25 disposals each.

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