More brawl suspensions handed down

THE fallout from the brawl during Macleay Valley and Coffs Comets reserve grade clash two weeks ago continues with Group 2 handing down even more suspensions.

Coffs Harbour players Blair Blanchette and Micheal Spence and Macleay Valley's Craig Smith all pleaded guilty to category three offences.

Blanchette and Spence will serve three weeks suspension following their involvement in the fracas which exploded mid way through the second half of the reserve grade clash at Verge St Stadium.

The Mustang's Craig Smith however will not play again in 2012 with the Group 2 judiciary board handing down a six week ban to the burly prop.

Despite his early plea, Smith's poor judiciary record ensured the front rower would spend a lengthy time on the sideline.

Late last week Macleay Valley's Al Lockwood successfully fought in having his category three charge downgraded and will sit out for only two weeks while the Macleay Valley club was handed a $3000 suspended fine.

Group 2 Chief Administrative Officer Jim Anderson stated over the weekend the investigation in to crowd behavior from the clash is still ongoing

"At the moment it is in the hands of Kempsey Police," Anderson said.

"Only when the police investigation is complete will we look at any further action."

It has been a tough few weeks for the image of the region's premier rugby league competition with violent incidents at Woolgoolga and Macleay Valley taking centre stage.

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