Group 2 Judiciary Cracking Down
ANOTHER Group 2 Rugby League player this week received a hefty sentence from the judiciary.
Coffs Harbour player Josh Dowdy pleaded guilty to a category 3 charge after becoming embroiled in a melee during a reserve grade game against Orara Valley at Coramba on August 5 and after discounts were applied, received a three week sentence.
However, a previous indiscretion came back to haunt the player.
Following an off-field incident on April 29 at Rex Hardaker Oval he was handed a 12 month suspended sentence from the management committee.
And with this penalty now invoked, the judiciary has delivered a ban that will continue until April 30, 2013.
Mr Dowdy is the third player so far this season outed until next year.
Woolgoolga player Matt Jeffrey was cited by Sawtell club following an incident in the reserve grade match on July 1 and charged with a category 4 offence of having caused serious physical injury to a player as a result of striking.
After pleading guilty he received an additional penalty due to the seriousness of the incident and was suspended until July 1, 2013.
Macleay Valley's Craig Smith is awaiting an exact date in 2013 on which his sentence will finish after being involved in a melee at Kempsey on July 8 when the reserve grade game involving Coffs Harbour was abandoned.
One more player still awaiting final news of a penalty is Port Macquarie's first grade hooker James Kelly who was cited by Sawtell after an injury to second-rower Adam Loudon in the controversial July 29 round.
Mr Kelly has already pleaded guilty to a category 4 charge of causing serious physical injury to a player as a result of striking.
But the penalty will not be announced until the next judiciary board meeting when a medical report on Loudon's injuries will be considered.
Sawtell co-coach Damian Irvine said on Friday the report confirms Loudon's jaw was broken in the incident.
Also from the July 29 fixture, two Sharks officials and reserve grader Robert Inglis have been summoned to appear before the management committee with the latter accused by referee James Maggio of threatening him with physical harm.
Earlier this year, Macksville player Jacob Skeen was handed a 20 year ban for spitting on a referee.
Acting judiciary chairman Bill Gibbons was contacted by The Coffs Coast Advocate and asked to comment on the escalation of incidents during 2012.
However, he declined and said that in the wake of the controversial matters at Port Macquarie two weeks ago he had been directed by Group 2 not to speak to the media on these issues.