Eight weeks for elbowing

July 14, 2017

Picola District Football League tribunal had a busy night wit five hearings on Wednesday.

The Picola District Football League tribunal sat through five hearings on Wednesday night, with Tungamah reserves player Angus McMillan copping the biggest sanction.

McMillan was suspended for eight games for unbecoming conduct following a league investigation into Tungamah’s round nine reserves clash against Shepparton East.

However, two of those games have been suspended, meaning McMillan will be forced to sit out the next six games for elbowing Callum Thompson.

McMillan’s elbow left Thompson with a cracked right eye socket and he needed eight stitches to his facial injuries.

League tribunal chairman Jim Sibraa was disappointed with McMillan’s actions and hoped such incidents would not be repeated.

‘‘The tribunal will not stand for these types of actions on a football ground,’’ Sibraa said.

‘‘It is not in the rules to strike an opponent in this manner and it has left Thompson with horrific injuries to his face.’’

The Eagles won the clash by nine points, but Thompson has since missed four games.

East’s senior coach Dwain Vidler expected Thompson to return to playing within the next fortnight.

Katamatite and Rennie had a fiery affair two weeks ago in the seniors, with four players sent to the tribunal.

Tiger Aran Aldridge was charged for intentionally headbutting, but this was downgraded.

As a result, Aldridge, who had a clean record, received a four-game suspension with two of those suspended.

Grasshoppers duo Jack Welsh and Mark Wilson copped two-game penalties for striking, with the latter having half his sanction suspended.

League operations manager Shane Railton praised the competition for their behaviour on field, despite five players facing the tribunal on Wednesday night.

‘‘Although it was disappointing to have so many incidents midweek, the numbers have dropped considerably this season compared to last,’’ Railton said.

‘‘Hopefully we can continue to bring that number down and have a successful run to finals.’’

The fifth hearing was thrown out due to a procedural error after the umpire listed the reported player’s number incorrectly.

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