WANGARATTA will have a seven-day break before its anticipated qualifying final appearance after its final round clash was brought forward to a Saturday.
While the Magpies and Wangaratta Rovers were set to meet at W.J. Findlay on Sunday, August 26, both clubs agreed to the change due to a clash with Ovens and King league finals.
Wangaratta and Wangaratta Rovers traditionally play their two home and away matches on Sundays.
Magpie president Tony Goodison said he was pleased a resolution could be reached.
“It came to light last week,” Goodison said.
“The reason it’s normally on a Sunday is to allow Ovens and King families and players to come to the game and this year it clashes with the Ovens and King finals because it’s in round 18.
“There was no real advantage playing the game on a Sunday in regards to drawing a crowd.
“It also allows us to potentially have a seven-day break which was another reason we were keen to bring the game forward.”
Wangaratta and Wodonga Raiders are poised to play-off in the qualifying final with the showdown likely to be played under lights at Lavington Sportsground.
The starting time for the match will be decided at a league board meeting next week.
Dean Stone’s Wangaratta played Lavington in a night match in round two while the Raiders are yet to play under lights this season.
Wangaratta Rovers must defeat Lavington, Albury or Wangaratta in the final three rounds to avoid its first pointless season since entering the league in 1950.
Hawk president Andrew Smith said he had no problems changing the date.
“It’s probably better for a final round not to be played on a Sunday,” Smith said.
“It was in the best interests of football in general.
“I think it’s better for us to finish on a Saturday rather than a Sunday as it gives you opportunities to do other things based on club land.”