Ghosts 'try' for appeal

NORTHERN United coach Chris Binge remains unconcerned about Grafton Ghosts bid to overturn United's 21-18 Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League minor semi-final last Saturday.

The Ghosts submitted a letter appealing the result, supporting video evidence and a $250 appeal fee to the NRRRL yesterday over a disallowed last minute try by Ghosts' centre Aaron Hartmann they feel should have been awarded.

Ghosts players and supporters thought they had won in the final seconds when Hartmann swooped on his own grubber kick and planted the ball across United's line; however referee Peter O'Connor disallowed the try and called an end to the match.

“There's always a couple of opinions to everything but at the end of the day we were declared the winners so as far as I'm concerned we're playing Mullumbimby at Mullumbimby on Sunday,” Binge said.

“They (Ghosts) had 80 minutes to win the game on Saturday ... they should move on. We'll let what's happening in the papers go on and we'll control our focus on this weekend.”

Binge said the appeal was just the latest hurdle in a string of incidents that his new club had faced.

“It's just one more thing in the way but so far we've hurdled them all,” he chuckled.

NRRRL Robin Harley said in all his years involved in the local game he could not recall a club appealing the result of a game.

Harley said the appeal would be heard by the NRRRL management committee at an unspecified date, admitting he was not sure what would happen if the appeal was upheld.

“There are so many implications that I never really thought about it,” he said.

“I will certainly be seeking some direction for Country Rugby League if the decision is upheld.”

Ghosts president Michael Rogan believes his club has a duty to their supporters and players to go through with the appeal.

“Everyone has seen it ... and it certainly has raised a lot of controversy,” he said.

“We have a lot of phone calls and I've read a lot of emails. A lot of people are talking about it.

“It seems to be a try, which is not a try. So we decided to lodge an appeal ... because we feel we have a fair case.”

O'Connor, who has notched more than 300 first grade games during his refereeing career, declined to comment when contacted yesterday.



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