HIP POCKET HIT: Ballinas Paul King, in action against the Cougars. Pictue: CATHY ADAMS
HIP POCKET HIT: Ballinas Paul King, in action against the Cougars. Pictue: CATHY ADAMS

Judiciary gives King hit where it hurts

By STEVE SPINKS

PLAYERS in the Retravision Northern League not only face the prospect of being suspended for foul play but also getting hit where it hurts most ... the hip pocket.

As reported in Saturday's Northern Star, Ballina lock Paul King was banned for one match and placed on a suspended sentence of two matches for a high tackle against the Tweed Coast Raiders recently.

It has now been revealed that King was also fined $200 by the Northern Rivers judiciary.

Judiciary chairman Wilson Cregan says the fining of players has always been at the discretion of the judiciary, but that it has only been used in a few cases.

"The option of fining has always been there," Cregan said.

"If the suspension is not good enough we appeal to the players in other ways.

"It's used in a minority of cases where we want to give a firmer message.

"It's a matter of circumstances that is considered in each case."

Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League secretary, Doug Harrison, said the fining of players has been used for many years.

"We usually fine the juniors for swearing or dissent," Harrison said.

"We have tried to stem the flow of these incidents by fining players."

Ballina Club president Bill Wilson agrees with the approach.

"Players have got to learn and there has got to be some hurt somewhere," he said.

"I know Paul is repentant about the whole thing. "In the end, the judiciary came up with the plea and we accepted it."

King served his one-match suspension during Ballina's remarkable 31-24 major semi-final victory over Mullumbimby last Sunday.

Should he win selection, King will be available for the Seagulls in the Retravision Northern League grand final on September 16.



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