FOOTBALL Wagga president Tony Dobbin says Equex Centre's ability to withstand a deluge of rain before and during Sunday's W-League trial was a huge test to pass in its quest for top level content.
Heavy rain drenched the facility until the end of the first half of Sydney FC's 2-1 win over Newcastle, but the surface handled the conditions superbly.
A crowd of 1089 people braved the horrendous conditions to attend the match, with Wagga Council hopeful of confirming an A-League trial between the two teams next season as early as this week.
Lightning in the area delayed kick-off for almost an hour, but the pitch passed an inspection from referees in order for the game to go ahead.
"This is the first time we've done it and anything that could go wrong has, and we've recovered from it quite well," Dobbin said.
"The water lying on the ground evaporated, so it drained quite well. We have to look at safety issues and the referees inspected it, and both clubs were happy (to play)."
There's no doubt the ground's now proven ability to handle inclement conditions is a big positive in Football Wagga's hopes of staging an official W-League or A-League season proper match in the fixture.
Dobbin said they've learned a number of valuable lessons on staging future trials.
"The feedback we've had from both clubs is they want to come back. They like what they're doing, It's been a worthwhile exercise for them," Dobbin said.
"There's a whole bunch of organisational things (we learned) in terms of marketing and timing.
"Next time around we'll do some preliminary matches before the main event as well, so it starts earlier. We'll sit down and debrief and admit what we could do better.
"We were hoping for around 1500 based on some other games around the state, the rain kept a few people away but we're happy with the turnout.
"We like to call ourselves miracle workers, we've brought rain as well."
The two clubs are set to return for an A-League trial next year.