GISBORNE captain Casey Summerfield is clear to play in Saturday night's Bendigo Football League first semi-final against Eaglehawk.
Summerfield had his two-match suspension for striking Sandhurst’s Nick Stagg overturned by the AFL Victoria Country Appeals Board in Melbourne on Friday night.
“I’m not a thug, I’m a ball player and I wanted to clear my name of striking,” a relieved Summerfield said after the hearing.
“That’s why I didn’t take the one-match penalty that was offered to me.
“I copped two weeks at the tribunal and then had to go downtown tonight to appeal it to finally get my side of the story out.
“We got the outcome we were looking for, which is the charges dropped.”
With the tribunal drama behind him, Summerfield’s focus is now squarely on the cut-throat clash with the Hawks at the Queen Elizabeth Oval.
“I can’t wait to get out there with the boys and take on Eaglehawk,” Summerfield said.
“They are a very good side and it’s going to take our best to get over them.”