A local WhatsApp group has been shaken and divided after an otherwise healthy debate degenerated into an open challenge of physical confrontation. Members of the group, which contains half a dozen lifelong friends, are now waiting to see if the challenge will be accepted.

Speaking exclusively to The Watsonia Bugle, one member of the group (who requested strict anonymity) said, “To be honest, I think it had been building to this for quite some time, but it still came as a shock when it was actually floated. I mean, will Jonno and Damo really come to blows? It’s kind of fascinating, in a primal and unsophisticated way.”

One of the combatants, who gave his name only as “Jonno” also told us, “Damo’s been running his mouth about a whole bunch of things for years now. And I’m sick of it. Really, I am. There’s only one way to settle this: mano-a-mano. And for all you Billy Madison fans out there, I’m not talking about an academic decathlon.”