Accenuate the positive, eliminate the negative


WITH the 2012 finals series on the horizon the Group 10 executive had been hoping to focus on the positives of their competition, but they are finding that to be just as hard as predicting potential premiers given the high number of recent incidents involving player misconduct.

Before this week ends the Group 10 committee will have met twice to deal with two separate incidents from which striking charges have arisen.

The first was a charge laid against Oberon captain-coach Wade Judd, who struck a St Pat’s player on Saturday during a Group 10 premier league match.

He pled guilty to the charge on Monday night and received an automatic one-week suspension.

The second striking charge has been laid against St Pat’s first division player Steve Lake following in incident in Sunday’s match against Blackheath.

He will front the judiciary tomorrow night.

Making matters worse, Group 10 had a meeting last week to try and stamp out misconduct in their game and member clubs had agreed to work towards the same goal.

That meeting followed the July 8 match between Mudgee and Lithgow which was called off before half-time due to player misconduct.

Group 10 president Linore Zamparini said it is disappointing more incidents had occurred.

“We met just last week to try and rub this out of the game and then this week we have another two players to go through the judiciary process,” he said.

“We didn’t think this would happen five days later.

“Everyone was told if a punch is thrown, no matter what the malice is behind it, they will have a week off.”

Zamparini is at his wits end trying to come up with a solution that will keep this sort of behaviour out of the game as it is tainting the reputation of Group 10.

“We will keep putting people on the sideline if they are going to engage in fights, some clubs will have a lot of people sitting on the sideline but that is what is going to happen,” he said.

“It is frustrating and another step we might look at is fining players or imposing a fee.”

Zamparini said as of next weekend, referees will put players on report for any misconduct which occurs and then that will be reviewed.

“We want to stamp misconduct out of our game, if referees are making reports and we review it, no one will escape,” he said.

With the finals looming, the president wants to turn the focus from this negative attention to the positives.

Zamparini understands these matters have to be dealt with and is disappointed that the minority is overshadowing those players creating positives for Group 10.

“Semis and the finals are just around the corner, a lot of clubs are going really well and it is the minority and isolated incidents that are getting the focus,” he said.

“We want to deal with the incidents, move on and focus on the positives, because there are a lot of them.”

Some of the positives include the appearance of Bathurst Panthers duo Matt Kirkland and Mick Ingwersen in NSW Country sides.

Ingwersen was part of the under 18 NSW Country team and was named the player of the match against Queensland while Kirkland represented the open age NSW Country Seconds who defeated Victoria 60-0 last Saturday.





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