More challenges are the feature of this season’s O’Farrell Cup draw, which kicks off in three weeks.
Albury has returned to the fray and will challenge for the first time since 2005 on December 2.
It will be the third challenge of the O’Farrell Cup season.
Wagga has taken advantage of first challenge and will clash with holders Holbrook on November 18 after losing the cup in the final challenge last season.
Griffith then follows before Albury, who will be looking to hit back following a third consecutive loss to Wagga in the Regional Bash, challenges.
Wagga Cricket operations manager Mel Rosengren is pleased to see the extra interest in the time honoured competition.
“There is a lot of more dates this year which is good,” Rosengren said.
It is the third successive year an association has come back into the O’Farrell Cup fold.
Yass is back for a second consecutive season, with a challenge on February 3, while Young, who returned two seasons ago, will challenge on February 10.
When the draw was originally released Ardlethan weren’t on the schedule, but have already taken the vacant slot on December 16.
West Wyalong, who held the cup over the winter two seasons ago, is a notable omission.
However Rosengren said they could fill the vacant slot on January 13 if they wanted to put in a challenge.
While the Holbrook and Brocklesby associations merged this season to form CAW Hume, captain Dean Howard explained only Holbrook players will be used for the title defence.
“We won the O’Farrell Cup as a Holbrook and District side and we thought we should defend it the same way,” Howard said.
“We’ll all come together after that.
“The merger has been going really well. I think it’s brought players back to the game.”
Wagga also has the last challenge on February 24 but it will be opened up if they hold the O’Farrell Cup.
O’Farrell Cup challenges
November 18 – Holbrook v Wagga
November 25 – Griffith
December 2 – Albury
December 9 – Cootamundra
December 16 – Ardlethan
January 13 – vacant
January 20 – Temora
February 3 - Yass
February 10 – Young
February 17 - Leeton
February 24 - Wagga* if not holders or open if they are