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Judiciary under fire

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

Comets question decision to exonerate Jarrett

HAVING escaped the wrath of the judiciary on Wednesday night, Gary Jarrett is free to play tomorrow as his Macksville team make a late season charge towards a possible fourth consecutive titile.

Jarrett was cited by Coffs Harbour for striking Todd Gill earlier in the month and the Comets are fuming at the judiciary's decision.

It has nothing to do with the $400 the club loses as a result of the charge not being sustained.

The Comets believe that the judiciary's decision is just plain wrong and that Jarrett should consider himself lucky to be playing at any stage this season let alone tomorrow.

Coffs Harbour secretary Neil MacAlpine was a representative of the club at Wednesday night's hearing and although he accepts the decision, he's still amazed that it was made in the Macksville's five eighth's favour.

"To be honest I'm dismayed at the decision," he said.

"A lot of our players and supporters are in disbelief that this has happened."

The same video evidence was viewed by the judiciary as was seen by the review panel who initially agreed that there was a charge to be answered by Jarrett.

"The judiciary said that they 'had to give the benefit of the doubt' as the video was inconclusive," MacAlpine added.

"I'd imagine anyone who'd watched the video would find that hard to believe."

"Immediately after the hearing was finished we were advised of our right of appeal but we won't bother with that," MacAlpine said.

"We've got more important things to focus on like having all our teams qualify for the semi's.

"We really don't need the distraction."