DENNINGTON star Jono Nevill’s participation in Saturday’s Warrnambool and District football league grand final rests on a tribunal hearing tomorrow night.
The midfielder would be a certain selection for the Dogs in the premiership showdown against Panmure but he was reported in Saturday’s preliminary final.
The club yesterday confirmed Nevill had been offered a one-week set penalty suspension for allegedly striking Kolora-Noorat’s Jonathon Gleeson in the first quarter but it had been rejected, preferring to take the matter to the league’s independent tribunal.
Warrnambool and District Football Netball League officials have scheduled the hearing for tomorrow night at the A. L. Lane Pavilion.
Dennington coach Darcy Lewis said the Dogs were prepared to challenge the charge laid by central umpire Mick Soulsby. “We definitely want Jono out there,” he said.
“He’s a big part of our team and he’s been in really good form.”
He said the report was far from ideal in the lead-up to the club’s second grand final appearance in four years as it looks to end a 25-year premiership drought.
Lewis, who hasn’t been involved in the matter, said he and the club would let it play out. “I can’t wait for Wednesday to come around and they can get it sorted.”
Nevill, who was shown a yellow card and sent off, could become the second player in five years to miss a WDFNL grand final through suspension. Timboon Demons defender Anthony Vogels was rubbed out for one match — the 2009 grand final — after being found guilty of striking. The Demons, without the veteran, were beaten in the grand final three days later.
The Dogs had a recovery session last night, including some time in the pool. They will train tonight, again on Thursday, with a visit to St John’s Primary School at Dennington on Friday wrapping up their preparation for Saturday’s match against defending premier Panmure at Reid Oval.