Just saw the A League broken soccer goal fiasco and I thought of 3 things.
1. Why wasn't a matching spare available?
2. Leigh Matthews really was a hard nut in every sense of the word.
3. How many times have backboards been shattered (or otherwise broken) in game time?
I saw a backboard shattered by Sydney in the early 80s at the Apollo. I’m sure it was Brad Dalton. The year that Mark Davis replaced Brian Decenzenzi (sp?) a few games in. Tech foul. Backboard replaced in about 10 minutes, the process looked very efficient and practiced to me, so they had to have had experience in changing the glass backboards.
I’ve also heard about the shatters that matters in dunk competitions, but I’ve never seen or heard of in-game shatterings (if that’s a word).
Has it happened in Australia, NBA, Euro etc in game time?