Gorrie’s two-match ban for striking

Penguin’s Luke Gorrie (right) will miss the next two games after striking Latrobe’s Zac Roberts.PENGUIN defender Luke Gorrie will miss the next two games after he was rubbed out for striking at the NTFL Tribunal on Monday night.
HangZhou Night Net

Gorrie was reported in the third quarter of Saturday’s win over Latrobe for striking Zac Roberts.

He pleaded not guilty.

Goal umpire Geoff Rootes gave evidence that he saw Gorrie strike Roberts to the head several times.

Gorrie admitted there was some pushing and shoving, and the players had hold of each other’s collars, but denied he struck Roberts to the head.

Gorrie admitted there were jumper punches exchanged.

Roberts told the Tribunal there was contact made through jumper punches, but there was no distress on his part.

However, after being rubbed out for striking last season, the Tribunal found Gorrie guilty and ruled him out of today’s Anzac Day clash against Ulverstone along with next Saturday’s game against Smithton.

Fellow Two Blue Troy Dean, who was ineligible to play against Latrobe at the weekend after he was unable to front the tribunal last Monday night to answer a striking charge against Wynyard on-baller Zac Smith, was also found guilty and given a one-match ban.

However, after sitting out Saturday’s clash against Latrobe, he is free to play today.

Meanwhile, the Latrobe Football Club has vowed to take action against a handful of its own supporters following an incident that saw forward Brodie Deverell reported for allegedly using inappropriate language on Saturday.

The Tribunal heard Deverell had his number taken by umpire David Hughes as the teams were headed for the three-quarter time huddle for what Hughes believed to be an offensive outburst by Deverell.

Hughes had awarded a free kick against Deverell in the final minute of the quarter.

Deverell admitted he questioned the decision before the siren, but denied saying anything to Hughes following the siren.

Latrobe runner Matthew Langmaid told the Tribunal that he and Deverell had started to walk towards the huddle with Deverell and heard abuse being directed at the umpire, but not by Deverell.

“(Latrobe advocate) Rick Slatter said the club was very disappointed by the actions of some of its own supporters,” NTFL general manager Ian Wotherspoon said yesterday.

“The club has assured the Tribunal the matter will be dealt with.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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