Bupa Tasmanian State League
Finals – Week 2
1. Zac Webster (Glenorchy) was referred for striking Rhyan Mansell (North Launceston)
The Match Review Panel determined the strike to be intentional, with low impact to the head. Player Webster had been offered a base sanction of two matches, reduced to one match with an early guilty plea.
Player Webster rejected the offer and the matter was heard by the Independent Tribunal on Tuesday 4th September at 6:00pm.
Player Webster entered a Guilty Plea but contested the conduct, arguing that the act should be downgraded to a careless act rather than intentional.
The officiating umpire, in his evidence, believed that high contact had been made to Player Mansell’s jaw, with a free kick paid for that high contact as Player Mansell left the field of play under the blood rule before returning a short time later.
Player Mansell stated that he thought the contact made was unintentional and that it was part of the act of Player Webster pushing him away, with contact being made with an open palm.
Player Mansell also stated that he had initially cut his lip open in another incident earlier in the match, with contact made by Player Webster re-opening this wound.
Player Webster argued that he had no intention of striking Player Mansell and that the contact made was with an open palm through the act of trying to push Player Mansell away.
The Independent Tribunal, considering all the evidence presented, accepted that the act, was indeed, careless, to the head (high) with low impact.
Player Webster has been handed a reprimand.