Rain put a dampener on local soccer yesterday as all fixtures were postponed because of flooded pitches. A total of 17 matches - two in the First Division and 15 in the Second and Third Divisions - were scheduled for yesterday when there were occasional heavy showers as a tropical depression enveloped the SAR. The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) management committee will reschedule the affected games. The postponements resulted in a big financial loss for the HKFA as a big crowd was expected at Mongkok Stadium for an attractive double-header which featured South China versus Sai Kung Friends and Instant-Dict against Happy Valley. It was also a blow to the junior clubs as it was the first day of the season. 'When the HKFA venue officials and referees inspected the pitch two hours before kick-off, the pitch was totally flooded and therefore they cancelled the matches,' said South China official Peter Leung Shou-chi. There was, however, some good news for South China, Happy Valley and Instant-Dict. South China goalkeeper Mick Leonard now has time to recover from sickness. Happy Valley were also somewhat relieved as midfielder Lo Kai-wah was nursing a back injury. And Instant-Dict defender Fung Ka-ki will now serve out his one-match suspension in Thursday's match against the relatively weaker Sai Kung Friends. Club officials are keeping their fingers crossed that Thursday's matches, Instant-Dict v Sai Kung Friends and Yee Hope v South China, can be played as scheduled, though weather forecasts say the South China coastal areas will still be affected by the tropical depression over the next few days. The local season has occasionally been affected by the wet weather at this time of the year. In the past the HKFA has rescheduled weather-affected matches in knock-out competitions, such as the Senior Shield, for the following day.