South star out of final
Thursday, 8th September, 2011
South’s premiership aspirations have been dealt a significant blow after the club’s appeal to have Bill Dolan’s suspension overturned was unsuccessful last night.
Dolan was reported by a member of the Umpires Observers Panel for striking West’s John Blore at the weekend, and was subsequently offered a two-match suspension under the prescribed penalty system.
South contested the penalty at the Broken Hill Football League tribunal last night, but the suspension was upheld at the end of the 60-minute hearing.
The three-member panel heard evidence from Dolan and also from the reporting officer and concluded there was no reason to change the original verdict.
The decision means the centreman will miss the grand final against North this weekend, giving the Bulldogs a significant advantage in the midfield.
North’s greatest strength lies with its onball brigade, which is led by a trio of Lionel Johnston Medal winners in Jayden Kelly, Codie Howard and Brett Johnson.
It will now be left to the likes of Marcus O’Brien, John Dunn and Marcus Purcell to curtail the impact of the North midfielders, while still providing the Roos with enough drive to supply the forward line.
Dolan’s moment of madness means he will also be unavailable for Round 1 of the 2012 season should he decide to play on.
He now joins a select brigade of players who have paid a huge price for a momentary indiscretion at the business end of the season.