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Sanctions Handed Down

  • Sanctions Handed Down

Big week at tribunal for Dartmoor and Heywood

A huge tribunal hearing this week has led to multiple suspensions and fines being handed to several members of South West District Football Netball League clubs Dartmoor and Heywood.

The independent tribunal was held on Wednesday night with a total of 11 charges being heard following an incident which occurred during the round three clash between Dartmoor and Heywood on Saturday April 21.

It was confirmed that Portland Police also attended the Dartmoor Recreation Reserve due to the on-field mallee which involved players, officials and spectators from both clubs.

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The biggest suspension was handed to Dartmoor's Josh Woodall as he received a five-match ban for being found guilty of unbecoming conduct.

It is yet to be confirmed, but that is believed to put the Giants star dangerously close to a life ban due to a AFL Victoria law.

Under AFL Victoria law, players are automatically deregistered and banned for life if they accumulate a combined 16 matches or more in suspensions in a football career.

It is understood Woodall's newest suspension takes him to a total of 13 games suspended, though this is yet to be confirmed officially.

For Heywood, William (Billy) Bell was handed a two-match suspension as well as a suspended two-match suspension and a reprimand.

It was not only the players who received sanctions, with three club officials also being found guilty.

Dartmoor president Anthony (Tony) Woodall and Heywood official Michael Bell both copped a four-week suspension from holding an official position at club level (suspended until the end of 2020 season).

And Dartmoor's Michael Bowd was handed a one-match suspended sentence.

Both the Dartmoor and Heywood Football Netball Clubs have also been asked to prepare a club code of conduct and presented to the SWDFNL within 28 days. Dartmoor FNC fined $5,000 with $2,000 to be paid by the end of July 2018. $3,000 suspended to the end of the 2020 season.

The tribunal was held behind closed doors with AFL Western District denying media access, despite it being normal protocal for country football hearings.

No media release was issued by AFL Western District following the tribunal hearing, though the outcome was posted on its website.