Tensions rise over day-night fixture

The timing of the top-of-the-table clash between Lake Albert and South Wagga is now being disputed.

South Wagga captain Joel Robinson and Lake Albert counterpart Rob Nicoll will once again battle for the Larkins, Mumford and Rogers Memorial Cup on Saturday.

South Wagga captain Joel Robinson and Lake Albert counterpart Rob Nicoll will once again battle for the Larkins, Mumford and Rogers Memorial Cup on Saturday.

It was proposed the two teams would battle for the Larkins, Mumford and Rogers Memorial Cup under lights at Robertson Oval on Saturday.

The clash was set down to be played at 4pm but player unavailability is creating an issue.

Lake Albert is set to be without eight players for the clash, five of which could play at the usual 1pm slot.

The club said they are working with an “unacceptable timeframe”

“The day is about Larkins, Mumford and Rogers,” Lake Albert president Scott Turner said.

“We are looking at a forfeit in one of the grades.

“We don't want a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.”

Coach Craig Footman said the Bulls are pushing for the 1pm start, while South Wagga wants to retain the later start with catering and lights already organised for the special fixture.

Wagga operations manager Mel Rosengren was hopeful the two clubs could come to a resolution without input from the association.

“We don’t know yet (what time the match is), it is up to them and we are hoping they will work it out,” Rosengren said.

“It is disappointing for a memorial match isn’t it?”

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