Robe’s loss is Glencoe’s gain

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Robe’s loss is Glencoe’s gain

The Glencoe Football Club has been allocated four additional premiership points and a further penalty of a $1000 fine has been imposed on the Robe Football Club following a review by the Mid South East Football League executive committee of the round two team sheet saga involving the two clubs at the seaside.

As exclusively reported by The SE Voice, the Roosters had won the match by 53 points only to be stripped of the four premiership points once their team sheet error was found.

However, the four premiership points were not immediately given to the Murphies and so the Glencoe delegates lodged a complaint at a MSEFL meeting in Millicent earlier this month.

In response, meeting chairman and MSEFL vice president Dennis Muhovics indicated a review of the penalties would be undertaken.

This has now been done and the four premiership points have been added to the Glencoe tally.

This action has lifted the Murphies two rungs to third on the ladder and increased their chances of ending a near-record 16-year premiership drought.

Since its foundation 114 years ago the only longer gap between A Grade flags for Glencoe was the 18 years between 1967 and 1985.

MSEFL secretary Naomi Mitchell issued a statement about the two breaches by Robe to clarify the situation.

“The Mid South East Football League executive committee would like to advise that upon reviewing the recent penalties imposed on the Robe Football Club following their round two match against Glencoe on April 20, it was found the board’s decision in April did not comply with the League’s by-laws,” she said.

“During the match, Robe fielded an ineligible Under 17 player.

“According to By-law 7.5, when a team plays an unqualified or ineligible player and wins or draws, the match is forfeited, and the opposing team is awarded four premiership points.

“The total points for and against scored in that match will be used to determine percentage.

“It is important to note that this penalty differs from the original MSEFL executive committee decision, which did not allocate the four premiership points to the opposing team (Glencoe) and annulled Robe’s score.

“This has now been corrected, with Glencoe being awarded the four premiership points.

“The Match Review Officer in conjunction with SANFL further determined that Robe exceeded the Total Points Rating allocated to the team by including the ineligible player.

“According to SANFL Rules and Regulations, the following penalties apply when the Total Points Rating is exceeded in any game played by the Senior (A Grade) Team:

Loss of all premiership points earned for that game.

Loss of all points scored by the team in that game.

A fine of $1000.

“The MSEFL executive committee has resolved to impose all of the above penalties on Robe with the $1000 fine being wholly suspended until the end of 2025, pending no further breaches of the Approved Player Points Scheme (APPS).

“In the written submission of April 28 to the MSEFL, Robe admitted the error that occurred caused it to breach the player points limit for that day.

“Therefore, in terms of the APPS, the breach has been admitted.

“As there is no allegation, the tribunal does not need to convene to hear further detail as the charge has been proven.”

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