Magpies look at options after losing night match

WANGARATTA may seek a night final after losing its one under-lights game.

The Pies had to move the first-round clash on April 5 against Corowa-Rutherglen to the day because of a pre-booked function at Norm Minns Oval.

President Col McClounan said the disappointed Magpies may now seek a final under lights to compensate.

“It would be a great idea to have a night final — even a twilight one,” McClounan said.

“Our facility certainly lends itself to that.”

The Pies had wanted to move the match forward a week but the Roos said no.

About $3 million has been spent developing the showgrounds — $700,000 on a lighting system.

The Pies still hope to prise the Ovens and Murray grand final away from Lavington and would only consider a night final, should they again miss out on hosting the decider.

A sell-out crowd looks certain for next week’s NAB Challenge match between Richmond and Collingwood on Saturday week. About 7000 tickets have already been sold for the twilight clash.

McClounan praised Albury Council for hosting Sunday’s A-League fixture between Melbourne Heart and Perth Glory and said it’s something his club would like to do.

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