Dunolly Football Netball Club has banned two reserves players from the club for life after an incident in Saturday's MCDFNL clash with Trentham.
The reserves match betwen the Eagles and Saints was called off by volunteer umpires in the final quarter after a melee between players from both teams spilled over the boundary line and spectators became involved.
Two Dunolly players were reported by an officiating central umpire - one for intentionally kicking an opponent the other for intentionally striking an opponent.
The player who was reported for kicking is one of the players who has been given a life ban by the club.
The kicking charge will be heard at the MCDFNL tribunal tonight, while the striking charge was not deemed serious enough to send to the tribunal and the player received an automatic two-week suspension.
The other player who received a life ban was not reported by umpires on Saturday.
"The executive committee of the DFNC take the incident extremely seriously and therefore came to the unanimous decision to hand down life bans from the club to two footballers over their conduct in the latter part of the game,'' the club said in a statement.
"The DFNC have a zero tolerance to poor on-field behaviour and following close assessment of the situation with statements from key witnesses, the club has come to the unanimous decision to enforce the penalties on two footballers.
"As a club we are continually striving to show pride in wearing the jumper, show pride in what the jumper stands for, show pride in the history of the club and show pride for what Dunolly Football Netball Club means to the local community.
"This must be demonstrated through how we conduct ourselves on and off the field. No-one should ever be subjected (player or supporter) to the actions of what occurred on the weekend."
Trentham won the reserves match 23.15 (153) to 1.0 (6).
Trentham president Marcello Matricardi didn't want to comment on the incident.
"Today the DFNC draws a line in the sand, tomorrow we continue to move forward and focus on the all the promising things we have achieved this season, on and off the field,'' Dunolly senior coach Jamie Townsend said.
Dunolly's seniors and reserves combined for one win last year. In 2019, the Eagles reserves and seniors have won four matches between them.
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