By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
LIKE a man on death row chasing a governor's pardon, Macksville made a last ditch bid on the weekend to have the the suspension of their five-eighth Gary Jarrett quashed.
The Sea Eagles lodged an appeal regarding the case that saw Jarrett banned from playing until May 10 next year but have come up empty handed.
Group 2 secretary Peter O'Grady said that Macksville handed in a video that showed the August 21 incident from a different angle.
"The video was looked at but the original decision will stand as it is," O'Grady said.
It was a $400 gamble from the reigning premiers to have their playmaker allowed to play in this Sunday's premiership decider at Macksville.
It's now $400 they won't get back but club president Bill Richardson believed that the appeal was necessary.
"The video was from a different angle and we believed it caused some doubt," he said.
"We also owed Gary some loyalty for the years of service that he's given the club."
Grand finalists have now been decided at Alan Gillett Oval, Macksville on Sunday from 11am.
The under-18s match will be played between minor premiers Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Heads.
In reserve grade, minor premiers Orara go in against Sawtell and in the big one, Macksville will be chasing a record four straight titles in first grade against Orara.