Blackwater player gets suspended
THE Blackwater Crushers will be wishing they could turn back the clock two weeks after a player suspension and weekend forfeit to Dysart Bulls rattled the club’s finals preparation.
A Crushers player was hit with a five-game suspension from Central Highlands Rugby League for biting an opponent on the forearm during the round-14 clash with Springsure Mountain Men in Emerald.
The Blackwater player pleaded guilty at the weekend’s hearing to the charge of contrary conduct after being reported by the match referee.
Central Highlands Rugby League spokeswoman Pat Booker said they were unable to name the offending Blackwater player, but confirmed he “took it on the chin” and accepted his charge without challenge.
Despite missing one week from the competition, Booker said the suspended player was still facing at least five weeks on the sideline as the Crushers forfeited last weekend’s encounter with Dysart due to a mounting injury toll.
“It only covers games actually played,” Booker explained.
Blackwater Crushers president Brett Hansen said it was a timely reminder that such actions carried consequences.
“As a club we don’t condone that sort of stuff,” he said.
“We said to him that if he had a case, we would defend it.
“He’s paid a hefty price for something that was spur of the moment – he’s actually not a bad kid. We sat him down and had a talk about it, so I’m sure we will all be able to just get on with the season now.”