Ghosts lose appeal on late try claim

GRAFTON GHOSTS’ appeal against their controversial loss to semi-final conquerors, Northern United, has been rejected by the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL).

Ghosts officials submitted the appeal and supporting documentation after referee Peter O’Connor disallowed a try to Aaron Hartmann in the dying seconds of the minor semi-final last Saturday.

But the NRRRL dismissed the case, determining the referee as the ‘sole judge on matters relating to the game’.

“We understand Ghosts’ situation, but we have to take a stand,” NRRRL president Robin Harley said.

Ghosts president Michael Rogan said he was a ‘little disappointed’ with the half-expected result.

“In reality, the result was never going to be changed ... so we were really just testing the waters,” he said.

However, Rogan said the club was still determined to clarify O’Connor’s ruling on Hartmann’s disallowed try.

“We just want some closure on the whole ordeal,” he said.


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