AFL NSW-ACT boss Tom Harley hopes to use the new-look Robertson Oval as the showpiece at the Australian Country Football Carnival in July.
High-ranking Wagga City Council officials were on hand at The Rules Club yesterday as some of Australian football's biggest powerbrokers gathered for the launch of the carnival. Harley, the AFL NSW-ACT general manager, travelled to Wagga for the occasion where he spoke with great passion about the redevelopment of Robertson Oval.
A four-day football smorgasbord is planned for the city in July and it revolves around the much-hyped redevelopment of the city's premier sports ground. While some doubts linger about whether Robertson Oval will be ready in time, Harley cannot wait to show the ground off to the country.
"It's not an official opening or anything like that but we'll have a lot of people from all over the country here so what a great opportunity to showcase the new ground," Harley said yesterday. Robertson Oval and Maher Oval will also be used for the three-day national carnival, while McPherson Oval is on standby in case the redevelopment drags on.
A game between Greater Western Sydney's (GWS) reserve grade team and Ainslie will also be played at Robertson Oval on the carnival's rest day. Harley said it would not be an issue if Robertson Oval is not completed in time for the carnival, but at the same time admitted it is one of major reasons AFL NSW-ACT chose Wagga as the host.
Australian Country Football Council president Mike McCormick, like others, would love to see the carnival played on the new-look Robertson Oval.
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