Points stripped

11-07-2018 by admin

Two Group 20 rugby league clubs have had points stripped after playing unqualified players.

The Leeton Greens win against Tullibigeal-Lakes United in round two has been reversed and the Griffith Black and Whites lostone point from their round four draw withLeeton.

Group 20 secretary RocciDiSalvatore said the penalties were a product of clubs’impatience.

A clearance has to to go through both the new and old clubs, the CRL and Group 20 and this simply hasn’t been doneall of the time.

“What’s happening is the clearances arecoming through from the players’ former cluband they are playing before the the full process is completed,” DiSalvatore said.

“Clubs just need to be a bit more responsible. They need to be more vigilant.

“Iknow it’s hard and there’s alot of rules to follow but it’s the way of the times.”

Along with the offences in first grade there has been other breaches occurin the lower grades.

DiSalvatore said one junior had played under a different name which will result in a heavy fine for the offending club.

Other clubs have also been pinned for minor infractions such as failing to fill the official team sheet out properly.

DiSalvatore called on all the clubs across Group 20to take the time to make sure all the rules had been adhered to.

“Iknow it’s volunteers in these roles but those people have to beresponsible, they have to double check everything,”DiSalvatore said.

“They just need a laptop to check whether the players are cleared.

“They should be checking with the coaches and and the secretary if they have to.

“We’ve warned them enough, they’ve been notified weeks and weeks ahead of time [of what needs to be done]. We’ve sent emails to all of the clubs.

“Everyone hasto play by the rules.”

The penalties see a shake-up in the Group 20 first gradeladder.

The major winner is Tullibigeal-Lakes United who receive the two points from their loss to Leeton.

The Sharks move to the top of the ladder.

The loss of two points for Leeton is slightly countered by the gain of one from the Greens draw with the Black and Whites.

Leeton drops to third position whilst the rest of the ladder remains the same.

A full list of fines is set to be released tomorrow.

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