WITH AFL Football and violence on the field making national headlines and sparking debate this week, local football had it's own cases heard in a tribunal sitting on Wednesday night.

WITH AFL Football and violence on the field making national headlines and sparking debate this week, local football had it's own cases heard in a tribunal sitting on Wednesday night. AFL Central Murray Independent Tribunal met to hear two serious Central Murray cases.

During the round 15 match last week between Balranald and Swan Hill, senior match player Sam Godden was reported by an AFL Central Rivers Boundary Umpire for headbutting a Nyah Nyah West United opponent. Godden was reported under AFL Victoria rule 19.2.2 a) (viii) head butting an opponent or making forceful contact to an opponent using the head during the fourth quarter. He pleaded not guilty but after reviewing all evidence, the tribunal deemed him guilty of the charge and issued a two match suspension. One of those matches was suspended until the end of the 2018 season so Godden will miss Balranald's round 16 match against Tooleybuc- Manangatang tomorrow. 

In the second case, a Woorinen Colts player was involved in a striking incident against a Cohuna player in round 10 which resulted in the player receiving a broken jaw. The delay in the tribunal hearing the case was due to an investigation that was launched after the incident occurred. The junior Woorinen player (who cannot be named) pleaded guilty under AFL Vic Rule 5.2 Unbecoming Conduct. AFL Central Murray Independent Tribunal delivered an eight match suspension to the player. The suspension will see the player miss games in the 2019 season.

The player had already received a club suspension of two weeks after the incident. 

AFL Central Murray released a statement saying Woorinen FNC should be congratulated on taking a proactive approach in stamping out this behavior.

The Tribunal said they are also sending a message that this behavior is unacceptable on or off the sporting field.

During the round 15 match last week between Balranald and Swan Hill, senior match player Sam Godden was reported by an AFL Central Rivers Boundary Umpire for headbutting a Nyah Nyah West United opponent. Godden was reported under AFL Victoria rule 19.2.2 a) (viii) head butting an opponent or making forceful contact to an opponent using the head during the fourth quarter. He pleaded not guilty but after reviewing all evidence, the tribunal deemed him guilty of the charge and issued a two match suspension. One of those matches was suspended until the end of the 2018 season so Godden will miss Balranald's round 16 match against Tooleybuc- Manangatang tomorrow. 

In the second case, a Woorinen Colts player was involved in a striking incident against a Cohuna player in round 10 which resulted in the player receiving a broken jaw. The delay in the tribunal hearing the case was due to an investigation that was launched after the incident occurred. The junior Woorinen player (who cannot be named) pleaded guilty under AFL Vic Rule 5.2 Unbecoming Conduct. AFL Central Murray Independent Tribunal delivered an eight match suspension to the player. The suspension will see the player miss games in the 2019 season.

The player had already received a club suspension of two weeks after the incident. 

AFL Central Murray released a statement saying Woorinen FNC should be congratulated on taking a proactive approach in stamping out this behavior.

The Tribunal said they are also sending a message that this behavior is unacceptable on or off the sporting field.

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