COBDEN will need to qualify for the preliminary final for one of its under 18½ players to play again this season after he was last night suspended for two weeks.
The Bomber is unable to take his place in Cobden’s under 18½ side for tomorrow’s elimination final against South Warrnambool. He was one of two Bombers ordered to front the Hampden league’s independent tribunal after an investigation into two separate incidents against a North Warrnambool Eagles player in a match on July 19 at Cobden Recreation Reserve.
AFL Victoria Country investigations officer Roy Baker recommended that one player was charged with unbecoming conduct in that the teenager allegedly struck an Eagles opponent in the face in the final quarter. He was last night found guilty by the three-member tribunal and outed for two matches during a hearing at Warrnambool’s Archie Graham Centre.
The other Bomber, who was charged with unbecoming conduct in that he allegedly struck the same Eagle with an elbow to the head in the third quarter of the match, was found not guilty. He is free to play in tomorrow’s cut-throat final at Cobden Recreation Reserve.