Some big news for Lauderdale, with key utility Ben McGuinness cleared to play in this weekend’s #BUPATSL Grand Final by the Independent Tribunal.
TSLW Magpie Gennaveve Sullivan was unable to overturn the sanction handed down by the Match Review Panel, however.
1. Ben McGuinness (Lauderdale) was reported for striking Ben Killalea (Launceston)
The Match Review Panel determined the strike was intentional, with low impact and high contact. Player McGuinness was offered a base sanction of two matches, reduced to a one match suspension with an early guilty plea.
Player McGuinness rejected this offer and the matter was heard by the Independent Tribunal on Tuesday 17th September.
Player McGuinness entered a plea of NOT GUILTY to the charge of an intentional/reckless strike on Player Killalea, citing that the impact made was of an insufficient force to warrant a report.
The Independent Tribunal, considering the evidence presented by all parties, determined that the impact was indeed of an insufficient force to constitute a reportable offence.
As a result, Player McGuinness has no case to answer and is free to play this weekend.
Wrest Point TSLW
1. Gennaveve Sullivan (Glenorchy) was referred for rough conduct against Netty Garlo (Clarence)
The Match Review Panel determined the conduct to be intentional, with high impact and high contact. Player Sullivan was offered a base sanction of four matches, reduced to a three match suspension with an early guilty plea.
Player Sullivan rejected the offer and the matter was heard by the Independent Tribunal on Tuesday 17th September.
Player Sullivan entered a plea of NOT GUILTY to the charge of rough conduct laid by the MRP.
The Independent Tribunal, considering the evidence presented by Player Sullivan, the medical report of Player Garlo and vision of the incident, upheld the MRP’s assessment in finding Player Sullivan guilty of rough conduct.
The Independent Tribunal’s findings supported the MRP’s assessment in that the contact made was of high impact and high contact and that Player Sullivan had elected to bump, and was, as a result, liable for the ensuing impact.
Due to entering a not guilty plea, Player Sullivan was no longer eligible for any discount, meaning the base sanction of four matches was upheld.
SANCTION: FOUR MATCHES