A Group 2 hearing has rubber stamped Woolgoolga's 29-28 scoreline against Coffs Harbour on Sunday.
A Group 2 hearing has rubber stamped Woolgoolga's 29-28 scoreline against Coffs Harbour on Sunday. Brad Greenshields/Coffs Coast Ad

Seahorses awarded the two points after controversial finish

A LENGTHY hearing has seen Woolgoolga awarded the two points from its Group 2 clash against Coffs Harbour.

The matter is yet to be finalised though as Coffs Harbour has already indicated it will be appealing to Country Rugby league about the decision.

The Seahorses kicked a controversial field goal on Sunday to take the lead 29-28 before the referee blew the whistle to end the game.

Coffs Harbour claim the match should've been a draw as the field goal was kicked three tackles after the timekeeper's clock said the 80 minutes was up.

The hooter to blow full time malfunctioned which explains why the game continued after the clock said full time.

Neither Group 2 president Warren Gilkinson or management committee member Paul Dwyer sat in on the hearing as they gave evidence to the independent panellists as both Gilkinson and Dwyer were present at the match and in the immediate vicinity of the timekeeper's desk.

After the hour long hearing which heard submissions from both clubs and witnesses, the panel decided that the referee's decision on when full time should be had been upheld.

Last night's decision means there's only one point seperating third placed Coffs Harbour from seventh placed Woolgoolga with Nambucca Heads, Orara Valley and Sawtell in between battling it out for a semi final berth.

In other news stemming from last night's Group 2 meeting, Orara Valley and Sawtell will play a catch-up game on Tuesday night.

The match is drawn to be played at Coramba Sportsground but Group 2 officials have asked the Axemen to provide a certificate stating the lighting at the ground meets the minimum 100 LUX standard required for a match to be played.

If the certificate cannot be provided the match will be played at Rex Hardaker Oval.

GROUP 2 TABLE

South Grafton Rebels 22
Grafton Ghosts 16
Coffs Harbour Comets 12
Nambucca Heads Roosters 12
Orara Valley Axemen 12
Sawtell Panthers 11
Woolgoolga Seahorses 11
Macksville Sea Eagles 8
Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo Magpies 4


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