Big Rivers brawl – two more players front tribunal

Two more charges remain to be heard by the Big Rivers Worksafe Tribunal in the long-running case following a brawl at the end of a game on May 18.

Players and spectators were involved in ugly scenes during the final minutes of the Kalano Bombers and Katherine Camels match at Nitmiluk Oval.

The investigation into the incident, commissioned by AFLNT, has been completed and the report has been handed over but not yet made public.

A number of players have already faced the Big Rivers tribunal with more set to follow.

The tribunal met this week to decide the fate of two more Kalano players in relation to the incident.

Jason Hogan pleaded guilty to striking and engaging in a melee and was suspended for a total of seven matches, with “time served” included.

Jason has not been eligible to play until the hearing proceeded at the direction of the investigators, and has missed seven matches. He is clear to play Round 11 on August 25.

Jesse Hogan also pleaded guilty to striking and instigating a melee and the tribunal also found him guilty of engaging in a melee.

He was suspended for a total of eight matches, with “time served” included.

Jesse has not been eligible to play until the hearing proceeded at the direction of the investigators, and has missed 7 matches. He will be clear to play after Round 12 (this is the last round of the Home and Away season).

AFLNT is coordinating with Kalano Football Club to have the matters for two final players to be heard.

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