Busy night for judiciary

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

A NEW Group 2 judiciary system based very closely on the one used in the NRL has already been given a hectic workout as four first grade players faced charges laid from the first round of matches on the weekend.

The main point to come from the new guidelines in a bid to streamline cases is that a guilty plea will give a player a week discount on their suspension.

Woolgoolga's Drew Vines is the first player to benefit from the new rulings after pleading guilty to a grade one striking charge from their loss to Port Macquarie on Saturday night.

The one match discount Vines received for pleading guilty means that he is available for this weekend's match of the day against Coffs Harbour.

Port Macquarie prop James Newell was involved in the same scuffle and will be unavailable for the Sharks clash this week at Coramba Sportsground.

Most of the interest from last night's hearings revolved around the cases against Gimbisi Warriors pair David Dungay and Lewis Bolt.

Dungay fared the worst on Monday night when he was found guilty of using offensive and foul language. Even taking into account Dungay's previous good record which decreased his penalty by one match, he will not be back until May.

Giant prop Lewis prop might be thanking his lucky stars that he will miss only the one match against Macksville this week after pleading guilty to making contact with the head of Coffs Harbour centre Matt Secomb with a swinging arm.



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