One week?s suspension for Schubert
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
AS if Macksville weren't having a bad enough run with injuries, now the Sea Eagles are going to have to do without the services of prop Grant Schubert for this weekend's clash with Macleay Valley.
Schubert received a one match suspension from the judiciary for his high tackle on Orara Valley's Tristan Hamilton-Giggins in last Sunday's match.
According to Macksville's player advocate Maurie Lonergan, it may be disappointing Macksville will run-on without Schubert on Sunday, but it is an even bigger blow personally for the player himself.
"Grant played for Macleay Valley last year, and grew up in Kempsey, so he was desperate to play this week," Lonergan said.
"But he accepts the decision as he knows the judiciary has a job to do.
"He just thinks it was a good tackle gone wrong."
While Schubert will be missing from Sunday's clash, halfback Nev Donovan is free to play after he was given a $150 fine for dissent towards referee Rick Purton.
During the hearing, Donovan admitted that he was wrong, and apologised to Purton for his actions.
"It was unusual for Nev to go off like that as he's usually a pretty laid back character," Lonergan explained.
"I think he was just frustrated at losing, playing with only 12 men and all the injuries that we've had.
"In the end I just think it all got the better of him."