GROUP 10 PRESS RELEASE
GROUP 10 RUGBY LEAGUE MEDIA RELEASE
Group 10 Senior Rugby League conducted an inquiry into the prematurely terminated Premier League match on Sunday July 8, between the Mudgee Dragons and Lithgow Workies at Glen Willow Sporting Complex Mudgee overnight.
After a four hour meeting at Bathurst League’s Club, Group Management found Lithgow Workies and Mudgee Dragons guilty of bringing the game into disrepute.
Both clubs were fined $5000, of which $3000 is suspended. Furthermore the committee determined that neither side would be awarded competition points from the abandoned Premier League match. The fixture will not be replayed after Management declared it null and void.
In addition four Lithgow players and five Mudgee players were charged with striking and behaviour contrary to the spirit of the game.
Under the Group 10 Judiciary system all players charged overnight have been given the option of electing an early guilty plea and set penalty.
A Group 10 Judiciary meeting is scheduled for this Thursday night at Bathurst League’s Club, to hear any contested charges by players.
With matters arising still to be finalised Group 10 President Linore Zamparini is unable to comment on particulars but he extended his support to referee Brett Masters.
“Brett did a remarkable job, and Group 10 management commend him for his professionalism under appalling circumstances.”
“The behaviour of some players during this match from both clubs is totally unacceptable and isn’t welcome in Group 10.”
“The Group committee is working hard to support our referees and stamp out on field violence and ill discipline.”
Zamparini said fruits of some of that work will be communicated at a Group 10 special meeting next Tuesday July 17.
“At the meeting next Tuesday, new disciplinary processes from our review into the judiciary system will be unveiled to clubs.”
One initiative will be the compulsary attendence of each Group 10 first grade team captain and coach at the meeting.
“Their roles and responsibilities in discipline management and abiding by the code of conduct will be reinforced.”
Centennial Coal Cup Clubs will also be required to attend this meeting.