By Les Muir

YOUNG captain-coach James Woolford says justice was served when young gun five-eighth Jesse Corcoran was cleared to play in the qualifying final at Anzac Park on Sunday.

Corcoran was cited by Tumut for an illegal tackle on Blues fullback Dean Bristow last weekend and subsequently suspended for one game.

However, Young elected to dispute the grading of the charge and had it successfully downgraded at the Group Nine judiciary.

Woolford said the decision was warranted and had been a “very good result”.

“It (should charge) was unintentional,” Woolford told Win News.

“That’s why we went to the judiciary to try and get it downgraded.

“We didn’t shy away from the fact that there was contact; we went because it wasn’t intentional.

“It was an accident.

“It (decision) was a very good result.

“We were successful and it was downgraded so he is free to play this weekend.”

With Corcoran in the clear, Young will now have their most efficient halves combination in action against Gundagai on Sunday.

In a timely boost for the Cherrypickers, star halfback Ray Talimalie is also free to play following a four-game suspension for misconduct.

“Ray will be back this week for us,” Woolford said.

“He is keen to get back out there and play some of his best footy for the year.”

Woolford is adamant the enforced break will not have had a detrimental impact Talimalie, who was leading the Weissel Medal before his brush with officialdom.

“He’s been doing everything he needs to do and training really hard so he’ll slot straight back in, no worries,” Woolford said.

After thrashing Gundagai in their last meeting in the premiership rounds, Young will be confident of stopping the Tigers at their home base.

“It’s all going really well and we’re looking forward to Sunday,” Woolford said.

At Gundagai, ball-playing forward Blake Dunn has been confirmed as a definite starter after missing the Tigers 50-8 hammering of Temora last Sunday.

Significantly, Dunn was named in the Team of the Year this week, further emphasising his standing as a dominant forward in the premiership.

Likewise, Young prop Kyle Richens also made the Team of the Year, but he will have to content with in-form Gundagai front rowers Joel Field and Matt Henery. 


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